We have a room for PCon. Yay. Not on site, but a room, so all is well.
Rapid and enthusiastic discussions in comments have brought to light the point that the Irish are extremely random with their T's and TH's, and while I never would've thought of it, having had it pointed out to me, it's clear that the "t" in "Catie" is getting switched to TH by people who do that kind of thing (the town name "Athy", which is in theory pronounced aTHIGH, is often pronounced a'TIE, for example, and 'Thurles' is frequently pronounced 'TUR-les' or 'TURrrls'), so people who are pronouncing my name Cathy are not really mispronouncing it, and are unlikely to get trained out of it. I'm going to start calling myself Kit. *squinty face*
I stopped playing my fire tanker a while ago because I couldn't get a respec on her that made her any fun to play. Similarly, this afternoon I nearly got Petite, my 22nd level energy/invulnerability tanker, killed. In a fit of pique, I swam off into the middle of Striga Isle waters and respeced. Got rid of Invulnerability, because I'm learning that I really hate the extraneous shielding effects: they seem to mostly eat up endurance and not offer enough protection for the end cost. I replaced that slot with an extra pool power health slot and picked up health and stamina, or some combination like that, which allowed me to regenerate hit points and endurance faster. I don't think I sacrificed any attacks to get that, either, and I'm using one power slot for teleport foe, which I've become very fond of.
This is SO MUCH MORE LIKE IT. The difference it made was noticeable. This discovery may allow me to get a character past 25th level, which 3 years of playing has not yet accomplished. Yay!
...that is all.