It’s Super-Effective!

Way back in September of 2016, I started walking my Charizard buddy MacArthur in Pokemon Go.

A month (and 75 km) later, I’d evolved a different Charizard into this:

I specified that this was a different Charizard, because I like my little buddy MacArthur.  He was my starter Pokemon.  Oh, sure, I’d have evolved him if I never found another one, but I did (and it was stronger) so I evolved that one.  Sadly, I had to drop the game in November 2016, because my ancient iPhone 4S couldn’t hack it.  Right up until January 2017, when I got a new(er) phone and MacArthur and I got back to work!

Guess what?  We did it!  My Charmelion is now a Charmander!

What now?  Well, because my son really wants me to get a Raichu, it’s time to take my Pikachu J.J. out walking.

23 more kilometers should do the trick.  Pikachus are easier to mature than Charizards.



Know what this thing is?

If you said “some sort of water main”, then you’re wrong. Well, I mean, you’re right.  Obviously. But it’s a playground, too. I have this on good authority from my son, who wanted me to play with him on it.

Said play consisted of running up to it and leaping off it, then hitting the ground and rolling to a stop. I didn’t do that, obviously – I’ve made a lot of progress, but I’m still a large man with sore knees.  But I did chase after him, which meant running a lot. A whole lot, because he’s 6 and active and wants me to play with him.

Yes. He is a good workout partner.

I Expected More Walking

I took the day off from work today to go on a field trip with my son’s kindergarten class. To Build-A-Bear at a nearby mall. No, I don’t quite get it either – all the field trips I remember going on were to museums, or zoos, or plays, or the like. But there you are, and the kids had a great time.

Me, I was just confused. I was expecting more walking, or something. Not an hour of standing around. But my son adored having me along, and that’s what counted the most.

I still hit my walking goal, though. Knocked it out by covering 1.73 miles in a 32 minute session of the Decoy Duty mission for Zombies Run. Thanks to me, Abel Township now has a hospital!

I also managed to hit my calorie budget, despite my field trip lunch being at McDonald’s (and a double quarter pounder with cheese, and large fries). It just goes to show what’s possible when you plan ahead and don’t snack, right?

Next time, though, I need to try not to need to walk so much in the evening to hit goal. I get up at 3:30 am – walking at 7 at night is late.

I Am Runner 5

This is something of a gear review.

I’ve had the Zombies Run! app on my phone – both phones, really – since I got my first smartphone back in June 2015. It’s been on my list of augmented reality fitness apps to try out for, well, a while now. Since June 2015, really, but I never got around to it.

Well, I’m on vacation this week. It’s finally time to get around to it.

The app is a semi-interactive audio drama, combined with a GPS tracker that reminds me of MapMyRun (it also has a step counter, if your phone supports that sort of thing, and a ‘constant speed’ setting if it doesn’t but you’ve got a handle on your average walking or running speed).  In the narrative you take on the role of “Runner 5”, the survivor of a downed military helicopter who now works as a scavenger for a community of survivors of the Zompocalypse.

The “semi-interactive” bit comes from collecting supplies as you walk/run, that you can use to build up your base. Also, there’s a chase setting (which I haven’t used yet), which randomly announces that zombies are chasing you. You then have to put on a burst of speed, or lose collected supplies.

I’m enjoying it, especially now that I’ve worked out how to link it with my playlists on my phone. Although that first night I played, walking briskly in the dark with nothing but silence broken by zombie sounds and warnings, was delightfully creepy.

If you like zombies, I recommend it as a way to break up long distance walking or running.

New Phone!

The last of my bad excuses are now irrelevant, because I have a brand new phone!  Well, all right, a refurbished iPhone 5, but it’s new to me!  And wife works, so I no longer have any excuses about tracking my walking or calories.

Also, Pokémon Go works on it. I’m excited about that.

Sadly, backing up my old phone and restoring it on this new one ate all of the data in my Health app. Two years of daily weigh-ins are gone. Along with my blood pressure and blood sugar logs. I’m a bit bummed about that.

But me and MacArthur are back in business!

Smaller Wrists!

I had to get a new FitBit yesterday, because – get this – the little button on the side of my Charge HR just came off.  No, I have no idea how or why.  I just went to push the button to check the time, and it wasn’t there.  (That isn’t a slam on the device, by the way.  I owned it for a year and a half, and wore it pretty much non stop.  I’m kind of impressed that it took this long for something to break.)

At first, my plan was to just deal with it.  The device still worked, other than the fact that I couldn’t hit the button to have it track workouts.  Or stop an alarm.  But then, my wife pointed out that we had an extra FitBit in the house, and why didn’t I just wear that?  My response was that it had been hers, and she had much smaller wrists than I did.  I was wearing a large band, after all.  But I went to put it on anyway.  Mostly, I think, to try and show her that I was right and she was wrong.

Married people reading this, you probably know what happened next.  Because it is a universally acknowledged truth that if you do something to show your spouse that she (or he) is wrong, you will be made to look like a fool.

Yeah, the smaller band fits. I’m buckling it on the very last hole on the band, but that’s not an issue.  Because that’s where I buckled my original large band FitBit.  And the band on the new one is only about half the diameter of the old one.

So, yeah.  I’m pretty stoked by this.  Also, once again, my amazing wife was right.

Pokemon Go Bye-Bye

Sadly, I had to delete the app from my phone today.  Two updates ago, the app just started overloading the tiny brain of my iPhone 4S, causing it to crash as soon as the map screen came up.  I’m a little bummed, because I really enjoyed that silly little augmented reality game.  Even if my phone was never able to handle the demands of, say, a Pokestop battle.


Ah, well.  There’s always Ingress.