Friday Filler – The Value of Our Most Precious Currency and Giving Back

Thank Grog It’s Firday!

There is nothing like an insanely busy fall season to bring home just how important our most precious TSTO currency really is.

This term was coined in some sense by Frink, although I can’t remember exactly when and where in the game dialogue. It had to do with time/space and how important time is to everyone in the game…and the game of life. And it stuck with me. Life currency…what a concept!

Certainly, nobody knows the expense of this valuable commodity like our Founder and Leader, Alissa, as the stats of reaching 100 MILLION hits, and being involved with moderating almost a half million comments would attest. The old saying, “that’s an hour of my life I won’t get back” never rang truer than than the hours, and hours and hours that she spends keeping this place alive for the rest of us, every single week. Yes…we all do “a part.” But, it is really a “one woman show” with a handful of bit players.

That said…she has always referred to TSTOAddicts as “her baby,” and judging by the amazing Mom she is in real life with her daughter, Riley, you can only imagine how dearly she protects and manages the moment-by-moment goings on that happen here.

Can it go on forever?
I guess you’ll have to ask Alissa and her husband just how many more months, and perhaps years, that this “baby” can continue to thrive.

This blog/community is an amazing place, that far exceeds that of a simple respite for ardent TSTO players.  Yes…there are other places to get information…but none, that offers the amount of content, the nurturing patience, and over-all good-natured support that is offered here.  She gives, and gives and gives…and the rest of us benefit.

There are other folks who have been part of this.  But one in particular, who continues to be “missed,” has not earned the right. Period.  I am writing this of my own accord…and will likely suffer some backlash for it…but, please…for the sake of all that makes this place great…stop “wishing” that a certain long-eared past contributor returns.  Really. Just stop. Not gonna happen.

Of all of the moderators here, I am clearly the most “unworthy” of Alissa’s good grace. I came back to the fold a repentant and humble old guy, when in fact I had reached my own “limit of giving” with “the other blog.”  She didn’t need to allow me back in…at all. But, she did. But, as someone who was here in the beginning (a month into it anyway), and has seen all of the back room craziness perpetrated by the long-eared one, I can assure you that every effort was made to help, cajole, and otherwise support her. To no avail.

So. Stop. No more mentions.

We won’t be explaining the details. You simply have to know that it has now been waaaaaaay more than a year…and enough is enough is enough.

Is there any way to measure time as a commodity? Only when you realize that there isn’t enough of it. There is never enough of it.  We waste countless hours on “our ‘lil game,” but we do so willingly. However, there is nothing that will make the equation of “time-vs-reward” get slanted faster than not appreciating someone who clearly gives of herself more than any of you could imagine.

This world is a mess. But, what keeps it going, in some basic strain of sanity, are those who make a commitment, and carry through with that commitment, selflessly…in spite of all of the hurdles, needless whining, and those who would try to validate their own lives by knocking down others with dishonesty.

In my entire life (almost 64 years), I rarely come across a person like Alissa. They are few and far between…and the world is simply a better place for them.

If you can’t abide by this simple request…move on.

Time…the most valuable currency in our lives…is something we need to stop taking for granted. So stop.

Now…have a great weekend…and don’t spend it inside grinding for clutter. You are better than that! 

Congrats on 100 Million my friend. I am so very blessed to be part of your success…and to know the dedication and commitment to this community that you give each and every day. Put a lock on the basement. Rabbit stew is out of season.

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47 responses to “Friday Filler – The Value of Our Most Precious Currency and Giving Back

  1. Very interesting …. I have been a tapper since the game started in 2012 if i am not mistaking but i was never aware of drama behind the game. Which i do not care and others isn’t care either. We should just be grateful we have a blog to get information about the game regarding who is putting the information. Thank you bloggers and Alissa.

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  2. This website has been such an amazing resource for years and will continue to be amazing til the end!

    As far as contributors go, sometimes people bail out without explanation , this wouldnt be the first nor the last blog for this to occur. The ones who remain stay because they ultimately care more, end of the story.

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  3. Thank you for saying this. I was so relieved when the new banners didn’t include Bunny any longer. I thought that would be the end of the questions and comments. But on and on and on they go. I will not disparage a person that I don’t know. I will say that this is a nicer and happier board this past year. Enough is enough.
    I belong to a board for my college. There was a very popular poster that stopped contributing (possibly banned) 10 years ago. People still ask about him. It gets old. Let Bunny and Heung go. Please.

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    • Well, we all have to submit an email address to post. So maybe a pointed email to every poster is in order. This has gone on long enough. Though at some point, saying you still don’t know the situation becomes willful ignorance. There is a search feature…..

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      • Email everyone? Have you seen the stats?? LOL! Look…as I have stated, it was my hope that this would finally make it clear that this is a “No Waskly Wabbit Zone.” I get that people what to know. But, as you said…there is plenty out there already about the situation, if you search. But, more important…there is loads that is simply known to those who have been involved, or suffered in the fallout.

        No more. Done. G’Bye…

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  4. Patric, this is the most divisive post I have read that came from you. Mostly, I do like your posts and agree with your thoughts (think Monorail). However, this is one post that triggered me an extreme reaction which I am compelled to make a comment, regarding B.

    Your post started very well by complimenting Alissa for an excellent job in managing this blog for all of us. Her time is very precious given that she has to divide it between mainly herself, daughter, and this blog. I’m not a female, but a father of two very young children at and below age of 3. I fully agree. Up to this point.

    Then, you started to mention or desecrate B., not once, nor twice. Ironically, you asked us to stop mentioning her, but you continued directly and indirectly. I started playing the game since 2015 and read this blog, but not religiously. While I don’t have a clue why B. disappeared as a contributor on this blog, I do wonder why from time to time. But I read her other blog, for which I also am part of that other game. She was ill, as I understand the simple facts to be. To me, that’s it. Ask her how she was. Move on.

    I inferred from your various mentions in your post that there were not-so-positive reasons why she dropped off from this blog. For whatever reasons, do you need to keep dropping not too subtle hints about her leaving for ‘bad behavior’? After all, I reckon she had been a contributor for several years too. Time and efforts had been devoted. Personally, I thought your post became distasteful, and almost inflammatory. Which seems to be the exception to the type of posts seen on this blog.

    I don’t need to know what really happened. We are just huge beneficiaries of such blogs to help us play the game. Me, I seek solace in these games and its positive posts to cope with my own life’s insurmountable challenges. Be kind, let go and move on.

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    • I have no idea how this post is divisive to some of y’all. He doesn’t call her names, he doesnt insult her hell all he says is stop saying you miss her. She’s gone. We made every effort to help (she still as site access here, i didn’t kick her out) and at a certain point I had enough.
      When we get comments from people that just say “i miss bunny it’s kind of insulting to me. Like “hey you suck bring back the other one”. So the point of Patric’s post is to defend me. He clearly knew I was frustrated with the situation and tried to fix it. (Just like he did last Christmas when i was getting yelled at by readers for a crappy event)
      Honestly he said enough is enough and wasn’t insulting to her or anyone. So please tell me, how do you find it insulting?
      Does it bother you because Patric wrote it? Because honestly of I or Wook would have written this it probably would be worse…which is why we haven’t talked about it. Too raw for both of us. Patric was actually the perfect one to talk about it because he’s so far removed from the situation (That he had nothing to do with) that he can look at it objectively.
      So seriously I’m at my wits end with this… how is it divisive? He says she shouldn’t be missed because it’s insulting to wook and i, she hasn’t been here, we’ve made every effort to work it out yet this is still the situation. None of us are going to talk further about it because that’s our right, but for all that makes this blog great please just stop asking.

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    • This comment sums up exactly how I felt after reading this post

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    • I’ll reply… simply because it was directed at me.

      As Alissa implies…and as I have said repeatedly…the reality of the situation with “B” is far deeper and far more serious than any of you can know. She has every right to lead you in any direction she chooses on “the other blog about the other game,” but be forewarned…there is an equal amount of “Bunnyism” going on there.

      Enough is enough. Both sites would not exist without Alissa…and her patience is that if a saint when dealing with the day to day business of these enterprises. But even a saint can get worn out with being taken advantage of…offering innumerable chances…and ending up “the bad guy” to the public (who has also been mislead).

      My patience is obviously coming from a far shallower pool…

      This has been YEARS in the making…and the sooner people trust that any further mention of this person is a direct insult…the better.

      You want to pin the drama on me? Sure go ahead. “B” knows where reality sits…and is nowhere near how it is being portrayed.

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  5. Congrats on the big milestone, and thank you for continuing to be the best source of TSTO info.

    Quick question–I recall Alissa mentioning that it’s possible to bank the daily-challenge rewards for three days. Does that mean I can collect Saturday, Sunday, and Monday rewards on Tuesday–or would I need to start hording on Sunday, to collect Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday’s rewards on Tuesday? I’m asking because I got Greystache yesterday (Friday) and want to bank as much as I can of the daily rewards to collect when Act III starts… 🙂

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    • You can complete tasks from this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and not collect their rewards for one or two months and they will still be there.

      To get a good jump on Act 3, you can complete but hold off on collecting Sunday and Monday’s Daily Challenge rewards until Act 3 hits on Tuesday. You will get a new third challenge on Tuesday at the same time as when Act 3 hits.

      Alternatively, you can complete but hold off on collecting Saturday, Sunday and Monday’s Daily Challenge rewards until Act 3 hits on Tuesday. But you won’t get a new challenge until Wednesday in this scenario.

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  6. Alissa congratulations on this AMAZING milestone! And thank you to everyone involved for creating a friendly and informative place to hang out

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  7. Some memory if I’m anything like right, by the way. It’s almost 2 years since I played the training levels but I think the dialogue you mention is a discussion on the use of donuts and a task to speed up a task to get you used to spending them early on.

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  8. Congratulations Alissa and crew I look forward every day to see what is happening in this site I did not know there were others when I was new I googled and found this site and never left this is a great site and great community thank you for all your hard work and time.

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  9. Couldn’t agree more! I do have an unrelated question. So, my gnome-in-a-box has been wandering in my Springfield forever now. How exactly do I find him (I have so much land and buildings/decorations) and get him back in his box?

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    • Unfortunately he isn’t searchable in the town census. He’s very hard to find…for sure.

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    • If you know where your gnome box is, store it, then place it again. He’ll be back in the box

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    • It won’t move but it is tiny so maybe search a small area at a time.
      Before replying I went and hunted my box, tapped and tried storing but that doesn’t help.
      Going into design mode, turning off the view for all but characters then zooming and scrolling is probably the only way, but even then shadows from ghosted buildings and the like won’t make it easy.

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    • It resides mostly on a corner of a street.
      So go in construction mode and dim any buildings, fences and decorations.
      And search. And hope… 🙂

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  10. * Applauds awesome Alissa for amazing amounts of advice and assistance always available *
    Thanks to all the team.
    As said on the 100m post I’ve become an Addicts addict and spend more time here than Springfield nowadays.

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  11. thank you to allisa, patric, wookie & safi. I appreciate all of your hard work. thanks also to the addicts that help by replying to questions & comments. the grinding may be tedious at times but this site is always enjoyable

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  12. I for one am very thankful for Alissa and this blog. And not just for all the information it gives, or the smiles I get from the randomness of these Friday Filler posts, Patric.

    I was sick last weekend and I laid in bed watching old Addicts Live episodes on Youtube for several hours, and the lot of you cheered me up considerably while I was alone and miserable. I’m sure I could’ve found something else to pass the time, but it wouldn’t have felt like spending time with friends. All of that goes back to Alissa and her blog baby. We’re beyond lucky to have her, and we could never begin to repay her for all she does for us.

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  13. Sounds like it’s Wabbit season..

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  14. Tracy-1ltwoody920

    I have great respect for anyone intrepid enough to write a blog (I haven’t) or be the editor of a newsletter (done that wife with my wife for 2 separate organizations). Timeliness, organization, humility and the need to wear nose plugs while babysitting…..

    I’ve associated with a couple of BBS’s and frequent contributors often simply vanish from the scene as they move on with their lives, leaving those who remain Tomas the question,
    “Whatever happened to the Spig Farmer?” (Pigs yield ham, Spigs yield spam – inside joke)

    The question regarding the departed remains – did they die, grow ill or grow tired and move on? And when we discover, as I have on some people, that they simply moved on, it grants serenity- even if, the individual was like the Spig Farmer, a bit of an ornery, opinionated loud mouth.

    So here is to our hostess, and associates, who put in so much, put up with so much and give up so much.
    And to all of us guests, those with whom I playfully banter and those with whom I disagree. Good health good times and may your time here be enjoyable – and may you leave a day before it no longer is so. Life is tooo short for anything else.

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  15. Well said Patric!

    Bunny who? I have forgotten all about her!

    I don’t know how Alissa manages to find the time to do everything she does for us, but I am grateful to her for giving up her time to make this site a place for me to visit a couple of times a day.

    This is a site for people who play a game AND are also part of a huge worldwide community of people who I consider my friends even though I don’t know them. As an example I look forward to seeing what is happening in MAB`s garden every Sunday, but I don’t actually know MAB.

    I thank all of you for making this place better as time goes on and appreciate everything you do.

    The past has happened and can’t be changed so keep up the good work Alissa, Patric, Wookie and Safi.

    See you all hopefully on next live episode.

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  16. Thank you, Alissa. The site is chock full of information and fun. For example, I was cleaning my clutter today and needed some tree loving items to replace the clutter I stored. TSTO Addicts had the list I needed. Honestly, I use TSTO Addicts everyday. I appreciate Alissa’s willingness to have other thoughts and opinions on the site.

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  17. Thank you all for all you do with this blog. I can’t imagine juggling a busy life and still manage to keep this going as well. So my Yankees hat goes off to you all!! 😋😋

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  18. I LOVE THE LEADER!

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  19. Vive Allissa! Viva Allissa! Cheers! You are the one! Thanks for all your hard yacka! And thanks to Patrick, Safi and Wookie too. Well done all! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😀

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  20. Long overdue. Tbh, I was never a huge B fan. Found her to be more than a tad condescending. And could never help but cringe when the dudes in here “flirted” with her.

    Upward and onward.

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  21. 100 million. Congrats Alissa, well done!
    Patric, was it really necessary to slam Bunny in a congratulatory post to Alissa? I would venture no, especially in the just-enough-detail-to-make-you-wonder way it was done.

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    • After weeks and months of “Where’s Bunny?” Yes.
      Enough. Period. Post was two-pronged for a reason.

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      • He didn’t publicly skewer her, honestly he was pretty tame in this post. You should see what he wrote a few years ago…

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      • This was written to hopefully kill any further “wishing, hoping, snarking” about her being gone. It is an insult to Alissa and everyone else who have worked to keep things going here.

        And the fact that you don’t ever look at who posts the updates hardly acknowledges the time spent to reasearch and write…for YOUR pleasure.

        While it’s been a year since she appeared here…the drama continued for months and months.

        It’s a drag on all of us… and most especially Alissa. So… until you know the details (which you will not), back away and just keep driving through for game info.

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        • Terrible response Patric! I enjoy this blog and read all the posts but you can’t make some vague comments about bunny not being on the scene then say you’ll never know. This should be addressed from the top via a proper announcement…

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        • There have been TWO comments I have made in this subthread that you have deemed not to show. I wonder if it’s because I hit the truth head on as this tends to be the case when there is this level of censoring. It also detracts from the continuity of the comments and removes a large dregee of replies making sense.

          I’ll say it again, if she was so horrible, maybe we should have her shot and quartered? Seems reasonable. Also, Patric, we get it: the prodigal son returns and wants to use her as a sacrificial scapegoat to expiate his sins. Move on and let it go.

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      • Seriously rolling my 👀 into the back of my head right now at the “rare that I read who writes a post” portion of the comment. 🙄🤔. I feel insulted FOR Alissa, Wook, Patric & Safi! I’ve been here reading and loving this site, usually daily, since around December 2014. Sorry I rarely comment but love you all and what you do. ❤️

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  22. I don’t say it often enough. Thanks for all you do Alissa! We love you! TSTO wouldn’t be the same without Mother Addict.

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  23. What a beautiful tribute to our Alissa. Thank you, Patric!

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