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A blog about....well about....something. Really.
Gaia Has Become The Green Jell-O Of Games
"My philosophy? Life is this beautiful buffet, but you get just one trip through the line, and only one plate. And there's no room on my plate for green Jell-O."

- Daniel Liebert

I ran across this quotation in one of the Uncle John's books we keep on the bookshelf in the downstairs bathroom (What? Don't you have books in the bathroom? One of my dreams was to have a bathroom with enough room for its own (smallish) bookshelf.) and I realized it summarized my current relationship with Gaia just about perfectly.

As I've written before, my life has changed quite a bit since I was first introduced to Gaia Online. Gaia's changed a lot, too. It's the nature of the business. And these changes are going in opposite directions.

The upshot: I have less and less of my free time that I care to spend on Gaian pursuits. Because there are fewer and fewer Gaian pursuits that are at all interesting to me.

Take this Lake Kindred game and end of summer "event". Sure, I've tried it. I even got my kin to level 8. But it was painful. It was boring. It wasn't fun or interesting or exciting. It is like watching paint dry. It's green jello.

Aquariums are more green jello. It used to be fun to play the tanks and help friends who would help me, and earn gold to buy things I wanted. This has changed on so many levels, from the friends that don't play others' tanks, to the worthlessness of gold, to the fact that most days I get almost as much from the Daily Crap as I do from tanks, to the fact that not only are there almost no new items I'm the least bit interested in, but I can buy them for GC in the MP - and GC is getting easier and easier to earn without spending one thin dime of real money.

There's more, but you get the picture. I've got only so much time I can spend on leisure pursuits (that's the one plate mentioned above) and I want to fill it with activities that give back to me. That relax me and excite me and stimulate my brain.

Gaia's not doing that.

One of the reasons I love the analogy is that in real life, I HATE green jello. I don't like sweet lime anything, from lime Lifesavers to Key Lime Pie. I love lime in savory dishes like Thai and Mexican. Same goes for lemon, too. Lemon Meringue pie is disgusting. But a good lemon garlic vinaigrette? Wonderful.

And don't even get me started on my grandmother's lime jello salad with cottage cheese and pineapple in it. It looked like cartoon vomit and we always had to eat some to be polite. I realized that when my grandmother passed, I'd never have to look at, let alone eat that stuff again. But I digress.

So am I quitting? Naaaah. There's still Pesty's Giveaway and people I want to talk to, and stupid/obnoxious/obscure names I want to give the fish in my tank. But am I participating in most of the activities here? Nope. I'll taste them to find out if they're really green jello, because that's the kind of person I am, I need to have data. I expect most of them will be, and that will be that.

I've got other things to put on my plate.

Pesty's Giveaway Reopening Sept. 1
Pesty Elf's Xmas Giveaway Charity is reopening September 1 for chat, donations, and contests. As in past years, I'll be helping out mostly on the back end of things - spreadsheets and accounting and numbers-type things.

It's a lot of fun watching Pesty riding herd on other elves, who ought to have been named Moe, Larry and Curly, but are actually Nidorous, Vox_Draconis, and Horace. Yup, they'll all be back too. You're all welcome to come by and chat, donate if and only if you feel like it, and submit a wishlist some time in November (don't do it beforehand or you'll end up on Pesty's Naughty List).

As for me and Gaia, that's a subject for another post, one I don't feel like crafting right now. But it'll be coming soonish, for some value of soonish.

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