A good friend of mine recently told our guild he wanted to take a very short break from raiding to do something else. He would be able to log on every now and then, but instead of joining the raid then dropping he'd just rejoin full force later.
One person quickly commented that he should reschedule the "something else" and still raid.
Later on, during the break, someone else tracked him down on an alt and asked him was he going to raid.
Comments like these are the peer pressure raiders feel to raid constantly.
I've taken more vacation time from work than some raiders have from their raid schedule.
I'm not trying to knock raiding. Then again maybe I am. It just seems insane sometimes.
Time is not of the essence
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