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So what in the world is this Pokemon Go thing everyone is talking about?  Well I have given in and delved into the world that is Pokemon.  I spent a while thinking how it was stupid and I was so busy with work, wedding preparation, momhood and so many other things I would never have time to even consider partaking in the new Pokemon Go craze.  Well I was wrong.  

A few days ago I downloaded the app onto my iPhone 6 plus thinking I would just check it out a bit.  My 16-year-old son and his friend had come into my office and there was some sort of Pokemon character in here in my office and curiosity sparked in me just a tiny bit.  I got back to my job of typing radiology reports and then later downloaded it and did not think much about it.  Well yesterday I opened it up and low and behold after logging myself in with my Google account (the method the game uses to sync your date and get you all logged in) I spotted one of these little characters sitting right here on my desk.  I flicked my red and white ball and managed to “capture” this little created that appeared on my desk and thought to myself “well that was neat”.  I played around with it a little and by then my fiance had also downloaded the game to his phone and my 11-year-old stepson had began whining about his old phone that is one of the pay as you go versions or some sort not even allowing him to play the game.  I still really thought very little about it.  

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Today was a Friday and I woke up in a pretty good mood and was dancing and singing about and doing my usual getting ready routine for a day off.  I decided to pull up my Pokemon Go app and much to my surprise there were these rat creatures on our couch.  Well I tried a few times and ended up with two of the creatures I now know to be called Rattata.  I am still struggling with all the names of these things but that one I think I finally remember.  I call them things like “ugly rat” and such.  A little after this we met my brother to eat lunch and we all began gathering these things up while eating at Golden Chick.  I found one behind my fiance’s head on the window ledge.  My brother who is 13 years younger than me had played with Pokemon when he was little so he had already been playing it from the very first day it started.  Come to find out the driving around our town he was going to do after we left eating was looking for Pokemon with a friend of his.  This was funny but no surprise to me once I was reminded of him playing this back in the day.  He even found one of the silly things on my chest in the area of my boob while we sat in the place after eating.  Outside there was a Rattata on my mom’s head for Pete sake.  This silly game had suddenly become something that we all were talking about and playing together.  Alas, this game had more meaning to me and I started getting the intrigue and why so many people had caught onto it so quickly.  It would and could be about family bonding time, friend bonding time or just for fun for anyone who needed some fun and had the free time.

I worked my usual late night shift after discussing some things with my son and the rest of the family and I decided I would take a little break later this evening to go get some ice cream and go on a Pokemon hunt.  It would be a family affair for my youngest stepson, my fiance and I.  I gave my stepson my iPad along with our hot spot to use and my fiance and I used our phones.  We gathered a few Pokemon spots on the way to Sonic where we got more Pokemon balls and other needed items.  My fiance was completely out of Pokemon balls so he sure needed these stops.  There is one of these stops at the church on the very next street from  us.  It seems that churches are a popular place for Pokemon stops along with certain landmark type spots.  We sat at Sonic and I was educated on trading these things in, how to maneuver around on the game and more.  I am still learning but at least I understand more about the ins and outs of the game now.  

We drove around our town after we were done with our ice cream and we collected items from these Pokemon spots as well as gathering various creatures along the way.  While stopped near one of our parks which is near the city pool and community center and also three Pokemon spots and gyms, which I have yet to even think about trying to experience, we say several cars and kids around doing the same thing we were.  
Now I will say I have heard and seen a lot about people not paying attention to their surroundings while doing this and I certainly can see how this could happen.  It is very exciting and very easy I would think to lose yourself in this and drive too slowly, stop where maybe you shouldn’t, etc.  We all have to be aware of ourselves and the app/game reminds us this every time we open it up.  It is sort of like anything else from texting to geocaching.  We must still pay attention while looking at our phones for whatever reason.  I know some people have been going into graveyards and such late at night and to that I say to everyone to be respectful of our deceased.  Do not ever disrupt anyone’s resting place.  Do not visit it when you are not suppose to, do not step on anyone’s grave spot and certainly do not go near one if there is an actual funeral taking place.  Use your common sense and human decency.  It is common sense although sometimes we just do not think about it, don’t use it when we should or maybe some of us don’t even have very much.  I mean anything is possible in this world we live in.  I am sure I can and will update this when I have learned more about it and learned all of the proper terminology of Pokemon Go.  I will include a link at the bottom that I found for the beginner, but for now this is all coming from a mom and woman who is still learning but has found it as the way to bond with her family and having a little fun during a stressful time in her life such as wedding planning while living life working and raising children.  It was like a breath of fresh air to spend an hour or so worrying about nothing but “catching” these little creatures using my phone.  For now I am back to reality where work is waiting, kids need things and wedding things need done.  Until we meet again Pokemon creatures!  

A Beginner’s Guide To Pokemon Go via USA Today

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