The day began with my usual preparing to harvest mithril motherloads. Then Player D. (himself, not his alt with the plot) offered what he called "a friendly competition" - who will gain more crafting levels before any of the side logs off the game.
And the competition started. I mined mithril, stored in silos, untill had 2,5 silos full. Then - I made bars and filled an entire silo with them. This was repeated several times. At the end of the day: I was Miner lvl.93 (three levels) and Fitter 86 (at least three levels). Player D. gained only one. Well, biped ability to change schools played for me: I gained xp as a miner when made bars; I gained xp as a Fitter when I made tools from bars.
At the end of the day we practically ended up competiton. Player D. went to craft scales and needed some components. Unfortunately, I had only one of them available. I also let him use mithril: I was just too tired to race more, for level 94.
To take some break, switched to Fitter and added some 120 steel jointings to Player's D alt. plot. Experience was little one, but at least it was fun. Thus, competition ended with my win: I gained 5 levels, Player D. - one.
Then it was discussion about what I call "advanced gathering". One Player told us that we may want to harvest everything before developers cut off advanced gathering "in the neariest future". I told this near future may be maintenance day (which is today). Other players objected telling it was not too easy and that they may remove "with the next Delta" and no one knows when next update will be.
Then the same Player told she finally earned some title. I asked if that was hard. Response was very cold, like "I never stated anything to be hard or easy. All I said was that I earned the badge. Thank you for your interest". Well, I think she went angry for me. Only later I understood this badge was really hard to obtain...but she shouldn't be angry on me.
I also obtained information about one valuable quest that would give one devastating spell: all I need is to level my Shaman to lvl.75 (from existing lvl.65).
If only I had this week available for advanced harvesting - I would be able to reach level 100 in Miner school, then get some levels in Fitter or Mason.
And thus the day ended. It was really fun and good.