1 week ago: Husband and I were driving around downtown Eugene with a van full of strangers, doing a multi-level op in Ingress. Much singing and laughing and snarky talking was had. Friendships were made. We went home and realized how lucky we are to have such a great community in the Enlightened.
2 weeks ago: Salem hosted a Ingress First Saturday event called Glow for First Saturday. We drew over 100 agents, over 50 from each side, and decked ourselves out with glow sticks and other awesome light up items. It was a huge success and again, we went home and realized how lucky we are to have such a great community. We will be hosting another First Saturday event in April, this one sponsored by #hintwater and we will be having a food drive!
3 weeks ago: A group of 5 of us hiked 2.5 miles up to a fire lookout for a remote portal capture. It was a epic climb (considered ‘moderate’) and took us all day. We had a wonderful time and felt like heros, albeit sore and tired heros. The police were alerted we were missing when we missed our appointed check-in time, but we were safe with only 1 issue, I had twisted my knee on the way down and ended up having to limp the 2 miles back down. It was very painful.
1 month ago: I totalled my car by running a stop sign and ending up in a grass field. I wasn’t hurt but I did manage to deploy both airbags and needed to get a completely new car. Say hello to the BattleBeetle!
2 months ago: Husband and I went on a trip to Southern Oregon for a mega field. It was a stormy day, with wind gusts in the 30-40 range (mph) but we hiked out to the Cape Blanco lighthouse with two other Enlightened agents and threw a field that covered most of Oregon. I got to throw a link to Hawaii (EEE!) and another one to Alaska. It made my whole month.
4 months ago: Husband cancelled his WoW subscription to dedicate himself full time to Ingress. It was hard to keep up with raiding in WoW and ‘raiding’ in Ingress. (We raid towns, much like Vikings!!)
6 months ago: A group of us drove to Tacoma for the Helios anomaly. We left at 12:30am on Saturday morning/Friday night and returned home at 12:30am on Sunday morning/Saturday night. It was crazy and intense and wonderful. I learned that I can push myself if I am driven enough. I learned that my team is awesome. And I learned that I am willing to sacrifice my own goals for my team goals. I also deactivated my Wildstar subscription at this time because I had stopped playing to devote myself 100% to Ingress.
7 months ago: Met our Ingress Enlightened agents for the first time. We had been careful about getting too involved at first. We weren’t sure if this was something we were going to stick with. We met the first batch at a pizzagress gathering in Corvallis. Then met the Salem agents at a farm.
9 months ago: Started my new job. Downloaded Ingress, made accounts and emailed our local Enlightened team to get in touch. Promptly hurt my knee and stopped playing until July.
1 year ago: I cancelled my subscription with WoW. I gave it up to play Wildstar. Little did I know about the cellphone game that was about to steal my life away.
13 months ago: Left my previous job of 11 years for a new opportunity. Much fear, anxiety and nervousness.
That has been my time frame for the last year. It’s been a rollercoaster. I can’t even explain how different my life is now. My commute is 30 minutes from my house, at least. Husband and I are rarely home. We have a completely different social circle now and they know that I’m crazy and accept it. They are wonderful and I adore them. All the decisions I’ve made that has led me to this place have been hard but they’ve been worth it. The community for WoW was always one of the best parts of it. And now I have that community but in meat space. I see most of these people every other day, if not more often. My phone is my guild chat. My BattleVan is my raiding vehicle.
The downside of this game is that you still get the jerks. You still have the assholes that just want to blame others for everything. It’s the way of the world. And the way of the internet. People forget that there are actual living breathing people on the other end of that keyboard/cell phone/scanner/whatever so they are mean and cruel and nasty. They don’t do that to you in person, they only do it in the game. And on G+ (since Ingress is through Niantic which is part of Google, G+ is the forum of chose for everything). The term ‘spoofer’ is just about the worst thing you can say to people here.
If you can get past that, which honestly, what game doesn’t have that these days, this is amazing. On the Resistance side earlier this year, one of the agents had his very very expensive bike stolen and his fellow agents put together enough money to buy him a new one. (He primarily bike-gresses.) As one of my team mates said earlier today “there are bad apples on both sides, but the best bad apples go in my tummy” (referencing 2 Towns Cider brand Bad Apple)
If you guys really want something fun to do this summer, pick this game up. It’s really awesome.