Everyone has a pair of comfy jeans. Mine make me feel like I can do anything. They make my butt look smaller, go with almost everything in my wardrobe, can be worn with my ugly day off flops or with my nice sandals. I am usually in my best mood when I'm in them. If I am not, it's because I put them on a few seconds ago and their magic hasn't taken effect yet.
Anyhow, I have some friends I like to play with, that no matter how little I know about what we're gonna do, help clue me in and make me comfortable and successful. I smile when I am running instances, raids, or just farming reputation with them, because I don't have to worry how badly I am performing. They'll tell me, helpfully, what needs to be done, and we all set out to do it. They're my in game comfy jeans. I'd rather hang out with them than anyone else.
Delgada got swept into raiding without having finished doing the regular instances, or even the heroics. She is not in comfy jean territory. She has something to prove, and that makes my game time with her frustrating when things feel off. They tell me I am doing fine, but I feel wrong. There are a couple who have the potential of being part of my comfy crew, giving me helpful hints and advice, but there's still an itchy tag, a seam that is just a little off, and frankly, my butt looks way too big in them.
Carlotta is just 83. Her friends know she can sorta kite, but fails at crowd control. She is a beast mastery hunter, running around with several underage pets. Last night, she took out her devilsaur, who was a sad, neglected level 79. After running Blackrock Caverns and Throne of the Tides, he caught up with her, and was named BazookaJoe. See, I can show off my bad pets and quirky shot rotations with my comfy friends, because they just shrug it off, knowing I'll get better.
Back to making my point. The sad part of comfy jeans is, they wear out. You can't wear them as much because they have holes, then the holes connect and your jeans are held together by thin threads. You have to break in a newer pair of jeans to replace the other ones. Sometimes, you can patch your favorite jeans and make them last longer. Still, they eventually wear out. Just like raiding and instance groups, right? You might be able to patch in some new blood, but the patches wear around the edges and you end up in the same place, trying to wear in a new pair, or patching the same area again.
So, I am breaking in new comfy jeans. How is everyone else doing out there in this post-Cataclysm world?