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Veteran Member - Level 11
When I was in Junior High, my brother and I would often
spend the majority of our weekend at a buddy's house playing Dungeons &
Dragons. More often than not, when we arrived Friday after school, our friend's
dad would be out in the yard, mowing the grass. We were all Army brats, and our
buddy just happened to live in base housing. His dad was the sort of guy who
wanted his yard to look the best, so he was always out working in it. The funny
thing is, he would normally have on a wife beater t-shirt, cut-off jean shorts
(cut way too high), black socks pulled up mid-calf and some sort of black leather
slip on shoes. I used to think our buddy's dad was crazy, but now that I'm
*ahem* getting older...I realize the reality of getting old. You'll wear whatever
you want and you don't really care what people think. Our buddy's dad wasn't crazy;
he just didn't give a crap what we thought about his attire. Or anybody else
driving down the road who had the distinct pleasure of noticing him out watering
the grass or mowing the yard.
They say old people get grumpy and like to run kids off
their lawn. Frankly I don't see anything wrong with that, but hey that's me.
But one thing I will tell you gets on my nerves lately is people who play
online games and leave their mic continuously keyed.
Most of us have met THAT player online. Or should I say, we've
HEARD that player online. We typically think of Call of Duty and adolescents
talking trash and screaming threats over the mic, but it doesn't necessarily
have to be. These people don't bother me nearly as much as the hot mic gamers.
At least with the trash talkers who incessantly run off at the mouth - you know
where you stand with them. They're obnoxious and annoying and you can tell
right away who to mute. But the people who leave their mics open and expose you
to whatever happens to be going on in their house, they are the worst.
I don't want to hear you yell at your significant other. And
I definitely don't want to hear you yell at your children. I don't want to hear
your phone conversation or you singing that song that's playing in the
background. That includes humming, whistling or lip syncing. I don't want to you hear you cuss me because I'm not listening to you or doing what you think I should be doing.
I dunno, maybe it's just me...maybe it's the age catching up
and taking its toll, but I strongly dislike listening to players who are
talking over the mic, but not really engaging in productive communications with
the team. If you ask me, not only is it rude, it's arrogant.
Anymore I find myself muting everybody on my team as soon as
the round starts, whether they've said anything or not. I long for a "mute all"
button. It's unfortunate, because effective communications can decide the
outcome of the game, and it's a bit ironic since I used to work in communications.
Anyway, I think I'm done ranting for the night. It's late, I'm
tired...and All in the Family is getting ready to start. Enjoy the game, mute
your mic unless you have something to say, and have a wonderful evening.