Dynamis - LifeIt's really funny how parts of your life start to resemble FFXI after a while.
I know they say that art imitates life, but honestly, anyone whose played this game at all will tell you how even the most mundane parts of everyday life start to resemble the game.
It's kind of like the Matrix, but without the latex clothing and two bad sequels.
Bah dump psshhhhh.
Yesterday, Susan and I got invited to a birthday party.
Actually, our daughter got invited to a birthday party.
Immediately, my mind filled with dread. Three hours of being chased around by ankle biters while you spend time trying to make sure your own ankle biter isn't off somewhere jamming a fork in an outlet or something.
On the way to the party though, something strange happened. I started to get this weird sense like I've done this all before.
That's when it hit me... Dynamis.
Actually, that's when Susan hit me. Apparently, I tend to let the car swerve into other lanes when I'm thinking.
She looks so cute when she's frightened for her life.
Anyway, we trudge all the way across town to the entry point. A number of individuals were gathering together because it wasn't quite time to enter.
I honestly half expected to see a mother casting Protect IV on her kid or something.
When time finally came, we each had to trade our item, Birthday Gift, to a small table near the door to gain entry.
As I zoned in, I found myself in a large group of parents trying to organize. The parents playing support roles stodd off to one side and the rest of us formed up near the front.
That's when I saw them...
Amongst the cold, lifeless terrain (of the Children's play centre), was a horde of children walking in slow, deliberate circles.
We couldn't spend three hours just staring at the children (despite my opinion that that sounded like the best course of action), so we sent one of the parents ahead to pull a manageable group of kids aside so they could be handled.
Unfortunately, he strayed into the aggro range of another kid and, before we could do anything, we had a massive link on our hands.
It was total chaos. Children running every which way. There were kids running with sticks, attacking people with bats.
It was crazy.
Our group tried to hold them off as best we could, but, in the end, their numbers just proved to be too much. We were overrun and eventually had a full party wipe.
And, from all of this, do you know what I learned?
I learned something very important.
Life might often times remind you of FFXI.
But people still freak out if you punch their kid in the face.
Good lesson that.
Seriously, though. That was one hell of a punch.