I debated yesterday whether to post this or not.
I told myself what had happened was just too sad, too embarrassing to even contemplate.
Of course, I realized today that makes it perfect blog material.
On Tuesday night this week, my fiance and I went out to dinner for Mexican food. This particular place makes a tasty margarita, and I proceeded to help myself to a sizeable quantity.
When she dropped me off at my place, already well on my way to being sloshed, I poured myself a nice glass of bourbon.
Now, I'm not the type of person that likes to be drunk by myself. I'm a social drinker. So since it was 8 PM on a Tuesday night, I decided to fire up iChat and see if any of my coworkers were available for a little Quake 4 action. Unfortunately no one was on line.
Fast forward to Wednesday morning. I woke up, feeling pretty good, and grabbed a shower. Eventually I noticed the pulsing white heartbeat of my Mac in sleep mode. That's odd, I thought. Usually I shut it down at night.
Bringing the computer out of sleep mode revealed a window that said (and I'm paraphrasing):
World of Warcraft Patching Complete
It all came flooding back immediately. In my desperation for social interaction the previous night, I had pulled out the dusty WoW discs and reinstalled the game. I had even gone online, opened a new account (the old one no longer... *ahem*... belongs to me), and paid for a digital download of the Burning Crusade expansion pack!!!
The only thing that had stopped me from actually playing was the patch and expansion download times. Eventually I tired of waiting for the downloads and went off to do something else, leaving the download in progress. When I went to bed I obviously left the downloading in progress.
Today I went on to the WoW account management and canceled the account again, but now I am left with a month of time already paid for. I've also just dropped a total of $55 as a result of this tomfoolery.
So a warning, friends: excessive drinking may lead you to play MMOs. You won't find that disclaimer on the bottle.
Let the mockery commence.