The Husband came home a few evenings ago and showed me his phone with a Squirtle on our lawn. He threw a ball at it and trapped it, popping him in his Pokedex. He was so pleased with himself. He is 40 years old.
A few hours later, he randomly started walking around the house whilst we were in the middle of watching Orange is the New Black. I asked him what he was doing. It seems he’d started his waft, so was looking to attract more Pokemon. Totally normal.
By the weekend, I caved. As he showed it to my brother and his wife and they both immediately downloaded the app, I decided that if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, right?
And you know what? It’s a great idea. On Saturday afternoon, instead of all lounging around in my mum’s garden, we all went for a walk after lunch to catch some Pokemon. OK, it was hugely unsuccessful as the servers went down at that point, but we were out. The kids were so happy chasing around looking for them and we all stretched our legs and got some fresh air.
It was a fun little walk, and as you can see, the kids were far more interested in walking with their aunt, uncle and nanny than us, so we hung back and let them be!
We were out with the kids again yesterday, a few more Pokemon caught.
If it gets us out and about exercising more, it has to be a good thing. My Little Man and I will be going for a walk today to see if we can find some, and he is so excited about it. The Husband has a couple of days head start on me so I really need to take advantage of him being at work to try and catch up a little and grab a few more.
Quite honestly, I don’t know how long it will hold my interest for, though I’m already certain I’m not about to go crazy trying to capture them, unlike these folk at Central Park…
Made me laugh to watch, though! And that’s the other thing I like about this app, there’s a camaraderie about it, even if it is a huge group of people looking at their phones. It’s lighthearted relief and easy to get involved with.
Now, if you’ve got this far and are wondering what on earth I’m rambling on about, firstly, where have you been? Secondly, it’s easy to join in, just download the Pokemon Go app. It takes a couple of minutes to set you up on there with a username and avatar, and you’re away. Look around, spot a Pokemon and throw a ball at it to catch it. There are 151 to collect and I believe there are gyms to train them and battles to be fought as you progress. There are eggs to find and hatch, too, though I’ve yet to find any. To be honest, I’m all about catching a few Pokemon and I think that’ll be me done, I’m not desperate to train and fight them. But then if you’d asked me if I’d be walking round my garden, phone in hand, trying to spot an animated creature on my phone 4 days ago, I’d have thought you mad. Never say never!
How about you? Have you succumbed to Pokemon Go?