I has sum.
OK, not really. But it's the funniest typo I've had thus far!
With the exception of one gear slot, I've now got the best gear I've been able to track down without having set foot in a heroic or raid, and without PvPing. Apart from my Beast Lord Handguards which dropped a few hours ago, everything has been enchanted and gemmed as best I can afford.
Aside from killing Ikiss another half a billion times to get that bloody ring to drop, the next step in gear progression is going to have to be Kara or Heroics.
According to this Warcrafter profile, once I slap some gems and an enchant onto me gloves, I'll have 1434 RAP, 142 Hit Rating and 22.12% chance to crit.
This is a little depressing given that I've seen people saying that in order to start Kara, you need ~1600 RAP, 142 Hit Rating and 25% crit.
This plays into my next bit of news: I've done my first ever Heroic instance run. I was somewhat surprised that I got into the group as easily as I did. You see, every other time I've ever tried to get into an Heroic group, I've been turned away because I wasn't covered from head to toe in epics. I once asked someone what they considered "sufficient" gear, and the reply I got was "T5/6."
This one didn't even ask what my gear was like; the leader only seemed to want to know whether I had the key and if I could trap. Lucky for me, that's a "yes" on both counts.
When I got there, I noticed that everyone else in the group was in full epics. Not PvP epics, either: proper Kara/ZA  epics. All I had in the way of consumables were some Warp Burgers and Kibler's Bits .
I expected to come dead last after the healer on the damage meters.
Funny thing happened, though.
I came second, and not by a huge margin. In case you're wondering, K is a mage, M is the pally tank, L is the pally healer, and E is the rogue. No, I have no idea why E is where she is. E had purples from Kara, ZA and even Gruul's.
But what really made me happy was that I was able to keep pace with an epiced-out mage with my (relatively speaking) crummy dungeon and quest blues. I had to play to my limit: I blew my trinkets as often as I could, misdirecting on to the tank so I could open up sooner and harder... but I still did it.
The mage actually complimented me after the run on my performance, which was nice.
But really, the thing that this has hammered home for me is how unreasonable many groups seem to be these days. I've been told that to do heroics, I need to be able to output over 700 dps. In that run, I think I was sitting pretty much dead on 600 most of the time, and yet no one complained that I was being a burden, and the damage meters certainly don't suggest that.
But if they expect people to have full epics to do heroics... how does one get these epics in the first place? And don't say '"PvP;" resilience is wasted item budget in PvE, never mind the fact that S2 wasn't available for honour back when BC first came out.
And as I walked off to plonk my four shiny new Badgers of Justice into the bank, it reminded me of the SM:Lib run I did with a friend a few months ago. She was at the low-end of the level spectrum, I was almost at the top. We went in there duo and cleared the whole instance. I've had people insist to me that you cannot duo SM:Lib with just a warlock and a paladin. But we did. And it was great fun, because we had to actually work hard to reach the end and down Doan. We even had to use strategy.
It feels like people just don't want to try any more. They don't want to risk having to make an effort in anything. In order to begin attempting content, you apparently have to already out-gear it.
And it makes me a sad panda.
 Someone is bound to eventually take offence at that remark, so allow me to qualify thusly: PvP doesn't count because I don't like PvP. PvP and I have this little arrangement: it stays safely corralled in BGs and PvP realms, and in turn I refrain from whining endlessly about people who seem to believe AFKing through a few hundred BGs makes them a good player.
 It goes without saying I also had bandages as well as health and mana pots. But really, you don't think that little of me, do you?