- The ribbons fly in my face when I turn the camera (due to my settings).
- I'm hesitant to mount in front of large groups when I'm busy.
- Mounting in front of my friends feels a bit like bragging.
- I shift out of shadowform every time I mount, so I never have mana.
- I get focus-fired by gankers.
Before we started, I saw this hunter from a guild that has proven itself over and over to be full of rude, jerkish gankers, and per my list of things to do now that I have a phoenix, I flew two circles around him/her/it and went on with our questing.
Two minutes into farming the quest items, I see an alliance and, in following with my "run away like a little girl" philosophy, mount up. I finish mounting before the hunter starts shooting me -- the same I flew around earlier -- and start to die fast even as I escape. I then yell "MOUNT" in party chat but spot my friend killing mobs with her little non-shadow spec spells that are adorable but take forever, so I land on the far side of her and begin to help.
The hunter ignores the easy target my friend makes and zips forward to finish me off.
The mob dies and my friend turns to attack the hunter. She dies for her trouble, switches specs, and tries again but dies twice more.
I wisely stay in the air and out of the way. Considering how the ganker follows us with me targeted and tries to land in good spots to smush me again, and how other horde nearby don't get killed, I'm pretty sure the ganking is vindictiveness because of my ride.
I decide not to get upset about my one death, because I certainly killed an alliance player once just for having a panda pet. In spite of the fact that the hunter follows us with the clear intention of further gankings (whereas I left panda girl alone after the one), I find it amusing how he keeps trying to get in range of me and keeps failing. I mean, even if he had the ability to knock me off in midair, I have levitate. Because priests are awesome.
After my friend lands and finishes her quest (while I keep our friend entertained by staying just out of range), I decide to finish that part later and my friend picks the oozes in the cave to take care of next. I choose to meet her there after leading our hunter pal on a merry chase, and I zip off and wave to another alliance in the north, then overshoot him northward, turn, and head straight west over the mountains, where I find a ledge over the cave, dismount, and levitate down. This strategy chosen because my mount is really obvious and alliance below would definitely notice it and might say something to our hunter friend in general chat. Also, if our hunter friend was collaborating with other alliance in the area, he'd think I'd gone northerly.
We head in chatting, and I think about our ganker friend as we slaughter worms and ooze. And I come to a conclusion that undermines all my rants about world PVP:
"If being more prone to gankings is my price, I can live with it."
My friend agrees. We make smiley faces at each other and finish up the rest of our quests uninterrupted.