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The invisible Pokémon Go player: 08/04/16
There's a Pokémon gym at Five Canyon's Park. It's one of my daughter's favorite parks because she likes the swings there. She also is becoming a very skilled Pokémon Go player. Today we went for a combination of swinging and Pokémon hunting.
When she was done swinging, we checked on the status of the gym. It was held by Team Valor, the team my daughter picked. So she decided to sit and wait to see if anyone would take it on.
As it was an unusually cold and windy August afternoon we pretty much had the park to ourselves. That is except for two dudes. Two dudes with cell phones, obviously there only to claim the gym.
She quickly realized that they didn't see her as the competition. They saw a nine year old girl. They didn't think for a moment that she could be playing against them — or at all. They sat on the grass right in front of the play structure. She was able to see right over their shoulders to see what Pokémon they were playing with.
They didn't move. Now when there are competing teams usually the teams try to keep their screens private. But they didn't take her seriously.
So she decided to have some fun. As soon as they got the gym she went into action and quickly took it back for Valor. Rather than put her best Pokémon up there, she decided to make a statement. She put an Arbok. When it was defeated she took out the replacement Pokémon and put up a Pinsir.
The dudes face palmed and gave up. They left muttering about the other player, still not able to come to grips with the girl sitting on the bench behind them being the player that defeated them twice.
Comment #1: Thursday, August 04, 2016 at 23:31:15
Comment #2: Thursday, August 04, 2016 at 20:41:33
Thanks! I'll let her know.