Saturday, February 15, 2020

Day 138 - A Really Big Cave

James was starting to be skeptical. All his research pointed to the mew clone hiding here, but this was a really big cave and he wasn't sure he'd find the failed experiment. He really had no other leads, so he decided he would search just a bit longer.

I hardly played today and I think I might be slowly falling behind even with my slowed pace...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Day 136 - Dad?

Hot off of her win at the Dewford gym Martha was feeling great! Things only got better when she saw Professor Birch in the distance. "Hey Dad." she greeted him, before feigning embarrassment and adding "I mean Professor... I am so sorry. I just look up to you in the same way I look up to my father."

"Ha ho ho!" Birch bellowed his jovial laugh.  "Not to worry I'm sure you just miss your father being away from him while on your adventure. Anyways have you seen my Brendan?"

Martha was elated, this could not have happened more perfectly. Not only had she planted the father seed, Brendan was failing at his sonly duties. She agreed to help the Professor in his stead and knew her prank was working! She was replacing her new friend fastest than she had anticipated.

Things at work are bad right now. If anyone knows about any data analysis or statistics jobs please let me know.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Day 134 - No Girlfriend

James had a girlfriend. "Had" being the operative word there. He had rescued a cute young lady named Selphy who was lost in Lost Cave. The irony was not lost on them and they bonded over the comedy of the situation. She was very flirty with James as he led her back to her home. Afterwards James could not help but think about her, so only a short while after their romantic encounter he returned to her home. She was there, but to his horror she did not recognize him! James had fooled himself, Selphy was not his girlfriend she was a girl with memory problems. James had no girlfriend.

It has been fun exploring the Sevii Islands and not knowing exactly what I will find on each island. I have not played anymore Emerald since Sunday's post.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Day 132 - Pokémon Emerald Begin

Martha considered herself a prankster. But one of her past pranks could hold a candle to what she was attempting now. Her new neighbor, Brenden, was running behind to go help his dad, Professor Birch, with research so she had gone ahead of him and saved the professor from a rabid Poochyena. Now she was going to make him favor her over his own son. It was the perfect prank!

Still working through the FireRed post game but wanted to get started on this new adventure! Also, its the most wonderful night of the year! I love watching the Academy Awards!

Friday, February 7, 2020

Day 130 - Not Done Yet

James was the Kanto Champion now. He had more then earned the option to spend some time at home with his video games. Despite earning it, he had no interest in going back to living in his bedroom. He felt he was not done adventuring yet. While earning badges and taking on the Pokémon league James had neglected his Pokédex and figured he might as well work on filling out a few pages for the good Professor. He did not want to let his neighbor Blue get all the credit for the historic undertaking!

Oscar prediction contest is now live! There might be a prize... I am still discussing this with the team. Join before the Academy Awards begin Sunday night!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Day 128 - Like a Video Game

As James was making his way to the Indigo League he got stuck in Victory Road. He asked a fellow Pokémon trainer the way through. "It is all one big puzzle. Move the boulders!" she scoffed. That is when James saw it. It was a series of puzzles much like the ones he would play in his video games before becoming a Pokémon trainer. With that view in mind James made short work of the Victory Road trial!

I sure love puzzles. On an unrelated note the Seven Samurai episode of the Shifting Expectations Podcast is live on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Player.FM, etc.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Day 126 - Flying Home

This was a surreal moment for James. He was soaring through the sky atop a prehistoric Pokémon, flanked by a storm of ice, a cloud of lightning, and a ball of fire! He had not even wanted to leave Pallet Town and now he was on his way back with a most majestic posse. And he was not even going there to stay, he was going there to show off and to make his mother proud. He had been constantly changing his plans and telling himself "I will just do this one more thing before returning home" as a way of lying to himself about how much he was enjoying traveling with Pokémon. He was finally ready to embrace it all. He needed only one more badge before he could take on the Indigo League himself!

What are you lying to yourself about? Me, myself? I regularly lie to myself about how much I am trying to figure out my next step in life. I am unsatisfied in my current situation, but am afraid of the unknown associated with the options I have for the future. I need to do more work to know my next steps.