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Beating the Odds - A Tale of Adversity

Small Fraction of My PT Equipment

Last year I was in a car accident that changed my life forever. For six months I did physical therapy. Two steps forward, one step back. That was the pattern of my life. Drive an hour to work, eight hours there, one hour home, physical therapy for an hour, an hour at the gym, and then with barely any energy remaining I would try to pump out some blog posts. It was at the same time the most depressing and important part of my life. This was a form of imprisonment, or at least I thought at first. There were times when I felt giving up and accepting the pain would be a valid alternative to this prison.

But I didn't give up. I got stronger and I won; now I can run three miles no problem without pain. When I started I couldn't even lie down comfortably, let alone walk for a mile. If my back feels tight, then I can take it easy and stretch to relieve it. Every day I do some strengthening and continue my exercises, but I'm not chained to the same number of hours like I used to be.

At this point, you're probably wondering what the hell this has to do with Guild Wars 2. Well, I had very little time when it came to playing any games, and I blogged about several. My trick was to hyper focus on finding strategies that worked consistently without big time investments. Now that I have the time to play more, I can experience the more complicated methods that require a lot of market analysis. It was I who broke the news about low level armor to the community. Black Lion Profit expanded my ideas about flipping crafting materials (I'm not implying that I taught him because he learned it on his own, and did an amazing job explaining advanced flipping on the forums and later on his blog as well). And of course there were the bag opening experiments, mystic forge methods, salvaging ectos, great tp search criteria, and my all time favorite: flipping underwater weapons. That trading post podcast I recorded with the siege crew really did a nice job of summarizing my simplest tips.

All of these methods were learned because my time limits dictated that I should find these methods or fail miserably. So among the many things that I gained from half a year of hardship, were all these interesting strategies I probably would have missed out on or at least not been the first to recognize publicly.

When life gives you lemons, you learn to make lemonade. If you don't do this then you will live an unfulfilled and challenging life. Regardless of how much time you have on the trading post, there is room for you to succeed. Always evolve, always learn, and don't use this website as the only place you go to get tips.

Here are my favorite non-blog sites you can use to get news about this game. You can check my blog roll for the blogs I read if that's what you're looking for too. I have dug down into them to show you the places where I go for news and information.


And of course my all time favorite: The Official XXXX is Spiking Hard Right Now thread on our private forums.


  1. Anonymous said...:

    Nice story, congrats on your recovery. Mine is still in progress, 16 months, I won't ever run again, but hiking and living a decent life will be possible. I appreciate these articles and actually marvel at the clear focus it must take to master these techniques. Thank you for sharing.

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