Say what you will about Pokémon Go…

I was a kid in the 90’s, you know dial up Internet, AOL Instant Messenger, Game Boy, etc. These were the “high tech” things from way back then. 

I had a Nintendo Game Boy you know the big grey bulky personal/portable gaming system that had a monochromatic screen, four buttons labeled “A”, “B”, “SELECT”, and “START”, a directional pad, one speaker all powered by 4 AA batteries. My Game Boy came with Tetris and Super Mario Brothers and throughout the years I collected other games to play as well. Along came Pokémon sometime in middle school and I fell in L O V E ! I started with the red and moved to yellow when it came out, those are the only two I had but really enjoyed the game. 

The actual one from my childhood

I am now a 31 year old father and husband who works a minimum of 45-50 hours a week- not much time for gaming but about two weeks ago Pokémon Go was released and I had to see what it was all about! I wasn’t impressed at first by the “Go” aspect but now I understand where the developers’ minds were. It’s a way to get people MOVING, and out in the REAL WORLD! I haven’t had a lot of time to do much of the moving aspect but have caught lots of Pokémon as well as leveling them up.
Yesterday morning on my way home I tried to hit up the “Poké Stops” in the downtown area to stock up on more Pokéballs and whatever else I could get as my wife, Melissa has been bragging all week about how awesome it is downtown. I had bad luck as the servers crashed and I went home a bit upset and low on Pokéballs. 

We live in Thomasville which once was a thriving little town and now there are quite a few factories that sit and are just rotting away, very few shops on Main Street, but lots of vacant spaces- ITS SAD! The downtown area is loaded with Poké Stops! Who would have thought this “dead town” would have all this to offer in a game like Pokémon Go?

On my trip collecting Pokéballs this morning I was able to watch the sun slowly come up and I got to spend time in My Town, it was quiet and kind of scary/sketchy until the sun came up some-I’m not going to lie. I made several trips around maybe a two block radius and was collecting balls, capturing Pokémon along the way and…. BURNING CALORIES, getting my heart rate up and breathing fresh morning air. So as the title says, say what you want about Pokémon Go, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time this morning! I was at it for over 45 minutes but did stop for a little over 2 minutes and watched a train come through town-who does that in this day and age?

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I love the consept of this!!!

This town could be so cool!

I didn’t go down this Alley until the sun came up, another cool aspect of the town!

Cool Pano shot, down/inside the alley

This picture doesn’t do the justice of how beautiful this watertower is

Another Watertower

Look at that beautiful sunrise!

Sweaty Sunrise Selfie