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Water Issues, No Solution to the Payment Problem, Poor Run, Last Shadow Magic Scenario

Did mean to write this yesterday, but between sleeping so little, helping dad at least temporarily fix the new exhaust hood in its place and playing some more Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic, couldn’t manage it. Woke up very early, heard dad around, likely fell back to sleep for a bit, then woke up again around 8:30 AM and getting back to sleep didn’t seem likely. Probably did catch a few short naps over the next three hours or so, but with all the drilling from outside and the various other noises from above, I’m not even sure whether what I remember are dreams or just me imagining things, and when I finally gave up and got up I was feeling probably more exhausted than when I first woke up. Then tried to catch another nap in the evening, after helping dad and cleaning up a bit in the kitchen, but the noise he was making, in the kitchen or talking on the phone, kept waking me up, so I probably didn’t even get one more hour, put together…

Today somebody was supposed to come change the water meters, and water was supposed to be off in the building between 9 AM and 4 PM as a result, but apparently the guy didn’t show up, dad “intercepting” me when I got up to pee to tell me that, and point out that he woke up at 8 AM because of it and has to work tonight, and also saved water in large pots, on top of the three bottles we still had since Wednesday, only learning a bit before I woke up then, which was after 12 PM, that it was all for nothing. I went back to bed after that, waking up some two hours later, after dreaming that the guy did come after all and dad called me over quickly just as I was trying to change, so I just pulled my pajamas back on in a hurry to avoid leaving my room naked. But, of course, nobody was here then, dad also having to leave earlier, so I could make something to eat, check the usual stuff on-line and then try to get myself to finally write this. Cold water was off for a little while just as I was finishing in the kitchen, and then both hot and cold water had low pressure when I went to wash the dishes, after eating in my room, but I’m not sure what that was about, and it seems all right now.

Since I mentioned Wednesday, water was off then as well, I guess for the building’s meters to be changed and possibly for the system to allow reading the new ones remotely to be installed, no idea how that works. I had made tea Tuesday night and saved one bottle of water, and dad saved some more in the morning, but with it coming back a bit after 2 PM, I just used a little bit to wash my hands after peeing once and that was it, so we still had the rest now and I thought it was more than enough, but he saved a lot more and it was all for nothing anyway. Did wake up around 8:30 AM then, so washed some grapes while I still could and took them to my room, trying to get back to bed after that but failing to get back to sleep, so finally getting up a bit before 10 AM and mostly just playing more Shadow Magic. Also saw my phone off when I tried to check the time when I first woke up and remembered that the battery was getting low before and that I thought it odd when it was showing as being half full again the day before, but I shrugged it off and left it like that. Let’s see what it’ll do next, to see whether that was an odd momentary issue or it has some problem with displaying the correct charge.
Another issue experienced Wednesday was that I found myself logged out of Facebook and couldn’t log back on for a few hours, getting an error when I tried. Sorted itself out though, and when I did log back on it didn’t show up as a new login, so guess it was some odd glitch. What was much more of a problem that day, on the other hand, had to do with the water after all, but with the fact that hot water was off the entire day. It didn’t affect me too much that heating was off as well, but washing a sinkful of dishes, plus the cabbage and onion I ate that night, in ice cold water sure sucked. Couldn’t get the cold out of my body after that…

This week’s run was Tuesday. Woke up quite a few times that morning, but managed to get back to sleep, feeling at ease since I had an alarm set for 2 PM. When I woke up again just after 1 PM, meant to just rest a bit more, but actually think I drifted off again for a little bit, seeing 1:29 PM when I looked again and finally getting up at 1:43 PM. Ate somewhat differently and more than normal before a run, still couldn’t poop even though it felt I was about to after eating, and just managed to get out at 3:40 PM, which was the latest time I had planned, though the light was still usable at the end. The conditions weren’t bad though, with little wind and a reported temperature of 2°C, which was manageable quite fine with two t-shirts and the training shirt on. It does probably require energy to warm the air breathed in and the runny nose caused by the temperature is also a problem, but it still seems that it was way too hard to do a time that was too poor.
The time was 48:29, this being the worst for ten kilometers since June 12 and requiring everything to just, barely, stay under 48:30. Sector times were 4:14, 5:10, 5:52, 4:34, 5:02, 6:00, 4:41, 5:09, 6:00 and 1:47, making for lap times of 15:16, 15:36 and 15:50. That first sector was the fourth 4:14 I managed, the exact time I saw being 4:14.85, yet I again thought I was actually rather slow and also lost a bit of time as I needed to squeeze around a truck and some workers just after the bridge, so without that issue it could have marked the first time I got under 4:14. But obviously couldn’t keep that up in the least, with a rather slow sector two and times getting bad after that, with the exception of sector two of lap two. My left knee started acting up from the first lap, on a long left turn that’s on sector three, but then it seemed mostly fine until I reached that area again on lap two, after which it required more management, though overall it was somewhat less of a problem than it’s been lately. After that really bad sector one of lap three, I had to give it everything on the next two sectors and the times were still rather poor, leaving me needing to gain a fair bit on that final sector, so after getting myself up the stairs I pushed past the normal limits, allowing myself to breathe through my mouth most of the time, the runny nose making it hard to breathe through one nostril anyway.
Finally took a bath that evening, after not washing for five days, and I think I hadn’t washed my hair in eight days, though I’m not absolutely certain. Also made salad again Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night after not making any for four days before that, though I again didn’t make any since Wednesday and don’t want to do so tonight either, still meaning to save every little bit I can until I’ll know exactly how things stand with that payment. Was quite out cold until Monday evening because of that, but the fact that I’m not quite in that state since then doesn’t mean anything other than that I “suspended” it until I’ll know more… Just hope I won’t crash again before next Tuesday, since I asked dad to change the appointment I had at the dentist and he moved it then, after it was for this Tuesday at first.

Didn’t really mean to write more about the payment issue in this post, leaving it for when I’ll finally know more, but since I mentioned it anyway, and the fact that I was quite out cold until then because of it, I’ll also mention that I even called the organizers Monday, and that didn’t help either. Woke up early the first time, checked whether I had any reply from them, checked again when I woke up again later, didn’t want to actually get up but couldn’t get back to bed either, kept wondering what to do, sent another message on Facebook, which was “seen” but still got me no reply… Just after 4 PM, sent a support message to ENDU as well, but didn’t even get a confirmation that it was received, which was also the case when I had sent another message a while back, for a small issue after creating my account. Worse, trying to log on to their support site failed, trying to create a new account resulted in it saying the e-mail is already in use, but when trying to recover my password, after entering the e-mail address, it said I was not authorized on that page and to contact a representative, so it’s all up in the air and the order remains incomplete.
After sending that message to ENDU, I went to the toilet and dad “intercepted” me, sounding pissed and saying the guy reading the meters on the heaters had been at the door and he couldn’t let him in because of me being like that, that being the first communication between us since I had told him what had happened with the payment. I somehow managed to make myself go to him in the living room after that, meaning to ask for a phone, since I couldn’t call off mine, but he just insisted that I need to read those meters so he can at least leave a note in the door if the guy will return, as that was supposedly the “emergency” then, so I had to first do that, then sit through the “talk” as he made me feel even worse by saying what I was and am supposed to do regarding this issue, and only then finally got to use one of his phones, though at least he was making some other food then and I grabbed some too, and made tea, after calling them, which I did just before 5 PM. Not that it helped in any way, as the woman who answered said she has no access to the support tickets, but that they will reply, just repeating that when I pointed out that I paid what the bank told me to, after showing them the e-mail I received, and there’s nothing else I can do about it anymore. And that’s how the situation remained, since I still have no reply even now, even though the five working days during which a registration with payment made through wire transfer should be confirmed ended yesterday.

Otherwise, still didn’t read anything, so really need to do that next week, but since Shadow Magic still starts I kept playing, finishing the third Syron scenario Saturday night, at 12:30 AM, so in the first minutes of December 2. That’s not the last one though, one final scenario remaining, and after I made a bad starting skill choice I immediately surrendered and restarted, but then had to restart again on Monday, since I was just getting crushed and was likely to soon lose anyway, and I had worked out better tactics, which made a huge difference. The fact that the enemy seemed more wary after that restart did help though, and it even left the Halfling ally alive for a long time, defeating the Dark Elf one first, and it has mostly left the Elf and Syron ones alone so far, and I’m on turn 125.
There are still bad moments, lost two cities quickly when the defenders of one just surrendered, this automatic surrender being a huge problem of this game, and those of the other one were killed trying to hold that first one, after rushing out and briefly regaining it, but managed to recover from that, even though it required rushing my heroes back underground after they had just finally managed to get to the surface, so I’m still basically just surviving. Did survive attempts at overwhelming attacks though, on three cities more or less at once, then three big ones on a single city, one after the other, more than a full party of lords plus two bone dragons… But now I’m getting teleportation gates everywhere and changing my defenders again, using a mix of powerful units from the different races, since I migrated my cities to all the good ones, to have all options available. Those will cost a fair bit to maintain, but the mixes I had so far risked surrendering when faced with such overwhelming forces, and there were losses too, very small compared to the enemy’s but it seems to just send ever greater armies every other turn or so while I needed more than that to recover even from losing a couple of units.
Looks like it’ll take a very long time to win this, since I’m still just defending, just surviving, but I should be getting good enough at that to finally allow myself to push forward at some point, and I hope that’ll be in time to allow me not just to finish the game this year, but to do so in between reading the two books I plan to also read this month… And I should be writing another “New Finds” post too, since I just recently realized I only posted one this year so far. Actually, I’d like to do that tomorrow, since I definitely need to write this week’s second post anyway, but I’m not sure whether I’ll manage it, so I may end up just throwing something on here quickly, just to be able to say there were two posts. In fact, that was something I had in mind when I didn’t initially mean to include the part about that payment here, to have something to easily write about tomorrow too, but now I guess that option is no longer available…

One thing I could still leave for later, but won’t, is an oddity on December 6, when I now see Google Analytics reporting no visits. That wouldn’t be odd in itself, in fact stranger being the fact that this was the first day with no visits after those four in less than two weeks, the last three of them in less than one week, but lately there have been quite a lot of spam visits, or “visits”, since they’re actually fake, and on that day I have nothing in the unfiltered view either, which makes me think that it may be a case of data loss. If I’d remember things well, I could perhaps even be sure of that, but Thursday night I remember it getting very late without me checking and can’t recall whether I did check just before going to bed or forgot. If I did check, I’d have definitely noticed it then, and I didn’t, only noticing that lack of visits yesterday, but since I’m not sure, I can’t be sure that something was lost either. Do seem to remember having already seen something on that date Wednesday night, but not sure which view that was in and whether it was just some spam or not, since some spam “visits” are cleared out automatically even from unfiltered views after a while and therefore having those vanish wouldn’t be a surprise. But unless something will show up again, which I guess is unlikely by now, I guess I’ll list it as another day with no visits.

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