Welcome to the reincarnation of my blog. This will be a public forum (why else would I publish it to a blog?) but mostly I plan to use this space to organize my thoughts about EVE Online and maybe a few random thoughts that are only peripherally related to EVE. I'm familiar with the characters on EVE forums, so comments will be moderated. Trolls, griefers, and those with nothing constructive to add will be ignored. I may also delete anonymous postings; I'm putting myself out here and showing you my face - the least you can do is show yours.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

#10 - How Real is EVE?

I'm embarassed to say this.  Oh, not to you folks.  You all know!  But when my family or friends ask me what I did last weekend, I have to make up stories.  They don't understand what it means to go on a roam.  They don't know what an 'Incursion' is.  They don't know why you spend hours talking to people who's RL names you don't even know!

So when my co-worker starts to complain about how Europe is dragging down the U.S. economy because they're all communist/socialist nanny state welfare recipients, I have a hard time explaining that my U.K. friend ....lets call him Alex .... is unemployed because of the credit crisis that started in the U.S. and the injuries he suffered while fighting in Iraq!  Alex and I fly spaceships together and speak more frequently to each other than I do with some of my family members despite the fact that he lives 6000 miles away.

I can not begin to tell you the number of times that I've had to deal with a difficult customer and caught myself reflecting on the strategies I used to influence my corp's CEO.  I've chuckled during planning meetings because mobilizing our project was not too different from moving our corporation to a new region. I have to double check my e-mails to make sure I'm not using terms like 'ganked' or 'camped' or 'ransome' (that last one is very problematic).

EVE is real, alright.  And I'm better for it.  Just don't tell my boss where I learned my management skills!

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