9 tunnels

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Problems with the misses making the walks home too short.

Every week I go walking in the mountains by my house. I bring a lunch, a book, a notebook, a marker and some cans of paint. At the trail entrance is a bridge which has a tunnel under it. I walk, eat lunch, read a bit then walk back. As I pass by the tunnel I go inside and write things that came to me during my walk or quotes from what I was reading. After the tunnel is full I will throw a party in the tunnel and then make a zine with photos of the walks and art. I will be posting my progress here along the way. This is part 9 of the Mountain Tunnel series.

Every week I go walking in the mountains by my house. I bring a lunch, a book, a notebook, a marker and some cans of paint. At the trail entrance is a bridge which has a tunnel under it. I walk, eat lunch, read a bit then walk back. As I pass by the tunnel I go inside and write things that came to me during my walk or quotes from what I was reading. After the tunnel is full I will throw a party in the tunnel and then make a zine with photos of the walks and art. I will be posting my progress here along the way. This is part 9 of the Mountain Tunnel series.

“I was born a fanatic.  What is a fanatic? One who believes passionately and acts desperately upon what he believes. I was always believing in something and getting into trouble. The more my hands were slapped the more firmly I believed. I believed, and the rest of the world did not.” From the book Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller.

Tony & Trigger

When I formed the new patio, I built the forms as tedious little tunnels so that I could break them out later and plant things in the gaps. The 9′ cross pieces in the grid were full length; the long top pieces went the opposite way, to anchor everything together. You can get a hint of how it was constructed here:

I finally finished it, we finally poured, and then I had the job of taking this whole laborious framework OUT again. I got the edge restraints and their stakes out, got one of the 9′ cross piece constructions out and a few of the 3′ shorties, and then it rained like hell, I hid inside, and all the wood swelled. So yesterday I’m out there with my trusty FU flat bar and my six foot iron bar, using all the tricks of leverage to slowly convince one of those 9′ tunnels to come out. I’d been working an hour or two, and I’d finally gotten the free end up over the concrete. Rest of it was still wedged, not even budging with the 6′ iron bar. I’m working it from the ends and from both sides (where the cross members made a gap) when I hear:

“YOU NEED ANY HELP? I’M FROM TEXAS AND THEY TEACH US TO HELP PRETTY LADIES.”

It’s an elderly man in sweat pants and a tucked-in-t-shirt, walking a three-legged dog. Oh dear, thinks I. I’m tired. I’ve been working all day. I do not want to risk a senior citizen breaking themself in my yard while trying to be flirtatious.

“No thank you, I’ve got it,” I said, and then “NO THANK YOU, I’VE GOT IT” because clearly not much remains of his hearing. 

“DID YOU POUR THIS YOURSELF?”

“Well, I had help on the pour, but I formed it all myself. I’ve been doing a lot of remodeling and –”

“MAY I SHAKE YOUR HAND?”

Well, I can hardly say no to that. So he comes up the driveway, grins, and shakes my hand. And with his other hand he passes me the dog’s leash. I take the leash because that’s just what you DO when someone hands something to you, he takes two steps over to where my 9′ cross piece is stuck, and he lifts that end five feet clear of the concrete in one movement.

“YOU GOT A BLOCK TO STICK UNDER THERE?”

“Yes!” I run for the scrap pile.

“DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?”

“Yes!” I said, getting the block, but he couldn’t hear me because I was facing away from him.

“OH, THAT WAS SILLY OF ME. OF COURSE YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, YOU BEEN DOING ALL THIS YOURSELF, YOU KNOW ABOUT LEVERAGE!”

“Leverage,” I said, turning back, “Is just about all I have going for me.” I stuck the block in place and *pop*, out comes the 9′ tunnel.

“I WAS THE WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPION OF TEXAS. I BENCHED 600 POUNDS. SQUAT 1200. I HAD CANCER FIVE TIMES FROM AGENT ORANGE. LAST TIME I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, SOMEONE LET MY DOG OUT. VET CALLED ME, SAID ‘I CAN PUT HIM DOWN OR I CAN TAKE OFF THE LEG.’ I SAID ‘HELL, I RUN WITH GUYS WITH FEWER LEGS THAN THAT EVERY MORNING! TAKE THE LEG!’“

“Dogs have an advantage, starting with more legs,” I said, scritching the dog. “He’s really nice. And I limp too. Gotta stick together.”

In very short order I learned that his name was Tony, the dog’s name was Trigger, Trigger is Not A Pitbull (Trigger is totally a pit bull, and a sweetheart), he has four kids and five grandkids (Tony, not Trigger), he ran Arnold Schwarzenegger gym chain for twenty years, and sometimes he’s got so little to do around the house he builds things and then deconstructs them again, so if I need any thing else lifted when he comes back this way, just say so, Y’HEAR?

On the second lap of his walk, I wasn’t ready for any help – I had to take some top cross pieces off so I could get at the next 9 footer. He was ready for me, though, because apparently he’d spent his walk deciding which pieces of advice from his marine force recon days were best suited to a young woman remodeling her house. This time I learned about the five Ps and how having the right tool is most of the job and that when he woke up screaming one night his wife left him but the kids decided to ‘stay with daddy’, and do I know what marine force recon is? And I said maybe, I had a friend who did something like that but he didn’t talk about it.

“MOST GUYS DON’T, BUT MY THERAPIST SAYS IT’S GOOD TO TALK ABOUT IT.”

“Smart therapist.”

“IT’S HEALTHY. NOW, WE USUALLY TAKE A WALK IN THE EVENING, SO IF YOU’RE OUT HERE AND YOU GET ANY MORE OF THOSE BOARDS A BIT UP WHERE I CAN GET AT ‘EM, I’M HAPPY TO HELP. IT’S BEEN REALLY NICE TALKING WITH YOU.”

“I don’t know how long I’ll be out, but thank you!”

“JUST LEAVE THE CROWBAR ALONG SIDE THERE, THEN.”

And off he went, and I went back to work.

I got one more 9′ chunk out myself, and a bunch of little crosspieces. I really went to work on the rest of it, but when I packed it in there were two nine footers remaining, as well as about six littler pieces, and one of the long ones was stuck in tight.

"Erik and I are going out to dinner,” I told housemate Xed. “Uh, if a loud elderly man comes and starts tearing things out of the patio outside your bedroom window, please don’t be alarmed.”

This was not the strangest thing I’ve warned housemate Xed about, but it was right up there.

We’d been at dinner half an hour when Xed texted me. “Your elderly friend came back. The forms are gone. I said thank you.”

Came back home, and yup, every single piece of form is out.

“He wasn’t even winded,” said Xed.

I really have to think of some way to say ‘thank you’ to Tony and Trigger.

An elderly hard-of-hearing weightlifting marine-force-recon-veteran is a person in my neighborhood,
In my neighborhood,
In my neigh-bor-hood
Oh an elderly hard-of-hearing weightlifting marine-force-recon-veteran is a person in my neighborhood,
He’s a person that you meet
When he’s walking down the street
He’s a person I met yes-ter-day!


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My favorite adventures/captures over the years. Many memories had with UxG when first starting until now, many more to come.

1. Abandoned Rooftop Garden - Sydney CBD
2. Giant Crane - East Sydney
3. Underground Double Tunnel - Sydney CBD
4. End Of The Line - East Sydney
5. Disused Abandoned Tunnels & Platforms - Sydney CBD 
6. Abandoned Church - Sydney CBD 
7. Large Hotel Rooftop - Sydney CBD
8. 3 Tone Sunset in Construction Site - Melbourne CBD 
9. Underground Tunnels - East Sydney 
10. Riding across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a Commuter Train

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Flickr: Phillip Moore

The History of Twitch Plays Pokemon

So I LOVE Twitch Plays Pokemon, and alot of people don’t know why. The stream itself is pretty boring, but all the lore behind it is what makes it so great. So here it is, the entire history of the journey. Hopefully reading this will help you understand why it’s so beloved.

The History of Twitch Plays Pokemon

This started as a simple social experiment of people trying to overcome their differences, and thus work together. Here’s how it works. There is a live-stream of a hacked version of Pokemon Red, that is controlled by a robot. The robot in turn accepts commands from the chat, the accepted commands are up, down, left, right, B, A, and Start. Because of this, the game is controlled by numerous people at once. The team who controls Red is often referred to fans as The Hivemind as they collectively try to bring him to his goal. While it started slowly, it garnered a massive following, sometimes having over 100,000 watchers simultaneously, making doing just about anything an arduous task.

The beginnings of the adventure aren’t well documented, due to the small number of viewers early on and the fact that the early days were not recorded. What is known is that the character’s name is Red, and he started with a Charmander, that was named ABBBBBBK (.The fans decided to refer to her as Abby. The character stumbled his way through the early game, picking up two Rattata. The first of which had no nickname, while the second was named JLVWNOOOO. He was called Jay Leno by the fans. They also picked up a Pidgey, which also received no nickname. Brock was disposed of at an unknown time.

Red eventually made his way Route 3, where he found, and somehow caught a Spearow. He headed into Mount Moon, where he found a Moon Stone, and a Nugget. Unfortunately, both were tossed and the fans were outraged. RIP Nugget and RIP Moon Stone are common phrases even today. These items were considered the first gods of the series.

Deeper in the cave, he was given the choice between the Helix, and Dome Fossils. He chose the Helix Fossil. Red, while constantly stumbling through the menus, often times selected the Helix Fossil, as if he is attempting to consult it for advice. Whenever Red attempted to use it, the phrase “This isn’t the time for that” would appear. It was also unable to be tossed, giving it an immortal status. Because of this, the Helix Fossil was turned into a god of sorts by the fans, praising it whenever good fortunes came their way. Praise Helix and Based Helix are common religious cries among the fans. Naturally, with the Dome Fossil the exact opposite of the Helix Fossil, the Dome Fossil was treated as the devil. If anything goes against them, it is often times stated to be the doings of the evil Dome Fossil. They made it through Mount Moon, and all the way to Bill, obtaining the S.S. Ticket. Similar to the Helix Fossil, the S.S. Ticket was also consulted on numerous occasions, creating a division between who the true leader of the group is. Most side with Helix, but the Ticket gained a smaller, cult following. Just about every key item obtained along their journey received some sort of veneration

The group beat Misty, at 1 day, 19 hours. Shortly after, the team made their way down to Vermillion City. There, they traded the Spearow they had caught for a Farfetch’d, named DUX. The team boarded the S.S. Anne, and cleared it in a breathtaking 2 hours. After receiving Cut, and many attempts, they managed to teach it to DUX, cut down the tree in the city, and enter the gym. Miraculously, they were able to solve Lt. Surge’s infamous gym puzzle on their first try, and Abby, now a Charmeleon, swiftly took out Surge using Bide. Before returning to Cerulean, the team took a detour to Route 11, finding and catching a Drowzee, which was given no nickname. This gave them a full party of 6 Pokemon. They then headed to Cerulean, and onto Route 9. This was by far the hardest task, as one wrong move would cause the team to start the route all over again due to the presence of many ledges. One ledge in particular was extremely tough, as one press of down would force them to restart. It took the crew almost an entire day to get past The Ledge as it was called, but it was done near the start of Day 3. The experience, as a whole made the team stronger. Many said that any task could be completed with enough time. They made their way to the pitch black Rock Tunnel. Previously along the way they had found the TM Dig, which was taught to the Rattata with no nickname. On several occasions in Rock Tunnel, they “accidentally” used Dig, forcing them to start from the beginning of the cave. Because of this, this Rattata was given the name DigRat. It is currently undecided on whether DigRat is a legitimately evil supporter of the Dome, or just a Dick. They finished the Rock Tunnel after 9 hours, and emerged in Lavender Town and quickly went to Celadon City soon after.

As the fanbase grew, so too did the problems. More and more trolls gathered, simply to press start over and over again, slowing progress. These people came to be known as the Start Spammers, their skills came into use later in the journey, but at the time, they were seen as Dome supporters. The entire ledge incident was the doing of trolls, as someone would always type “down” halting progress. The frequent pressing of start often times leads to the consulting of the great Helix, as well as checking the Pokedex entries of the first few pokemon. It is said that Red is fixated on Bulbasaur’s cry, and he too became a god. It has also lead to the frequent use of the Save feature. After anything goes terribly wrong, someone is quick to point out at least we saved.

By this time, the only two pokemon who were good enough to fight were Abby and Pidgeotto. However, Abby’s usefulness was beginning to decline as his only move that did consistent damage was Cut. All other pokemon were too low level to do anything. Pidgeotto attempted to evolve on numerous occasions, but the creationists forbid this from happening. Pidgeotto did end up evolving upon entering the town, however. The team realized that DigRat would only serve as a hindrance in the future, and made an attempt to store him in the PC. They were cautious though, as they were afraid of releasing any of their pokemon. The operation turned out to be a success, and DigRat was banished to the PC. Their next big task was to enter Erika’s Gym, which required Cut. They entered without much hassle, using Dux’s cutting abilities. Because of this, he too was given a fan-name, The Slayer of Trees Unfortunately, they whited out shortly before the gym battle. Reentering was much more difficult, and it took roughly two hours to regain access. Pidgeot soloed the rest of the gym with a combination of Gust and Sand-Attack, and the whole team collaborated with a mash a-fest. It was at this point, that Pidgeot gained the nickname Bird Jesus as he was seen as a prophet, sent directly by Helix, after his excellent showing in the gym.

The team had never felt so united before. However this proved only temporary, as a huge division came across the team. They realized they needed a Pokemon to Surf, but had nothing that could learn it. Some people said they should get the free Eevee, go into the department Store, and buy a Water Stone. Others said they should get the Lapras, who was much less of a hassle. They opted to get the Eevee, and things were going well, until the wasted all of their money on Poketoys, and a Fire Stone. As Flareon is widely considered the worst eeveelution, the operation was considered a tragic failure. The team once again realized that the team was full, and decided that something needed to be deposited. They had the idea of depositing something in the DayCare, so that something could gain levels as they aimlessly walked around. This idea failed, and opted to just deposit something into the PC. The team wasn’t so lucky this time. They managed to retrieve the S.S. Ticket, but both Abby, and Jay Leno were released. Furthermore, they accidentally retrieved DigRat. It was a huge blow to morale.

The entire teams hope was on Bird Jesus. If something happened to him, they were doomed. They also captured an Oddish during this time, bringing the team count back to 6. Eevee was blamed for all the poor fortunes the team was experiencing, and because of this, he was called The False Prophet by the fans. The team made it to Saffron, and entered the Game Corner. Red frequently attempted to buy coins, but thankfully had no coin case. After entering the Rocket Hideout, DigRat once again, dug them out. Right before reentering, the Fire Stone was finally used on the False Prophet, evolving him into a Flareon. Once again, DigRat dug them out before any real progress was made. The team tried to box him once again, but ended up depositing Bird Jesus in to the PC. Knowing that they were hopeless without him, the team desperately tried to rescue him, which the managed to do, at the cost of depositing the Dear Helix into the PC. It was said that it died for their sins, and they continued without it. During this time they achieved a small victory, tossing away their TM for Teleport before using it on anything. Using it could have been disastrous, as it would have the same effect as Dig. They once again entered the Game Corner, only to find, and promptly use an Escape Rope, bringing them to the Pokemon Center. Once again they tried to deposit DigRat, which they failed to do, but did end up rescuing Helix. The team reentered with new hope, but made little progress. The spent 8 hours attempting to solve the maze, while Dig Rat on numerous occasions dug them out even more times.

One of the biggest events to occur was a new control system implemented by the stream’s creator. It allowed players to type a number after their command, such as left 4, which would translate into pressing left four times. He also implemented a voting system on for the stream’s next move. The users hated this democratic approach, as it made the stream slow and boring, and banded together in an attempt to oust the new system. They furiously typed Start9 and soon after the system was replaced with the old one. This was dubbed The Start9 Riot by the viewers.

Once again, the team attempted to box the ever annoying DigRat, and once again they failed, instead depositing the Holy Helix, and the Sacred S.S. Ticket, as well as a second nugget that was found on their journey. Although they never deposited DigRat, they did manage to deposit the False Prophet and Drowzee, the former of which being pure evil, the latter of which being dead weight. They now had two empty slots in the party, for when they needed something with Surf.

However, no progress was made in the Rocket Hideout, and as a result, the creator intervened once more, creating an Anarchy vs. Democracy Tug-of-War Bar. The users could vote on which system they preferred. Democracy eventually won out, although it didn’t seem as though it was helping their cause at all. It brought much division. The purists believed that even if Democracy was successful, it wouldn’t be a true victory, while those in favor of Democracy believed that they would never solve the maze. Many dubbed Democracy as evil, and related to the Dome Fossil, and was thus dubbed Domeocracy They eventually escaped the maze and returned to Anarchy, grabbing the Lift Key at long last. Afterwards, DigRat dug them back to the Pokemon Center.

After wandering around the city for a while, the team made a successful trip to the PC, releasing the False Prophet and rescuing Drowzee, who finally earned his nickname, The Keeper after sacrificing himself to keep the False Prophet away. After minimal progress was made, the chat reverted to Democracy, but the anarchists fought using Start9 once again. This new system was clearly driving the entire stream apart. Ever since it’s introduction, the majority of the chat was devoted to choosing one or the other, rather than actually attempting to control the character.

After fighting for a while, Anarchy resumed, with only a few brief periods of Democracy. The team withdrew literally everything in the PC, including our Lord and Savior Helix. They entered with new courage to defeat Giovanni, lead by Bird Jesus. They finally opened the door to Giovanni’s lair, after battling a few trainers, who were quickly disposed of by Bird Jesus. In an extremely tight battle, the team lost narrowly to Giovanni’s final pokemon, Kangaskhan. The team picked themselves up, and returned with a vengeance in their hearts. They headed back, struggling to get through the elevator, and within reach of Giovanni, when once again DigRat worked his black magic. Once again, they reentered. They faced off against Giovanni, and this time he was defeated, however DigRat once againt dug before they could grab the spoils, the Silph Scope. To many, this was the last straw. The team tried to deposit DigRat once and for all, while others successfully prevented this, fearing the loss of Bird Jesus. They eventually reentered, grabbed it, and left. However, the victory was bittersweet. Many felt that the use of Democracy to beat the Rocket Maze ruined the victory, thus deepening the rift between those in favor of Anarchy, and those for Democracy

They entered Lavender Town, and the Pokemon Tower, and swiftly defeated Blue. However, realizing that only two members of the team could even touch Ghost types, the hivemind collectively decided that they should beat all the trainers in the routes below. They managed to acquire theTM for Swift along the way, which was eventually taught to DigRat, in favor of Thunderbolt, which was deemed “the worst possible outcome”. The team decided to go to Rock Tunnel and try to level up The Keeper, as he was their only hope. Eventually, the returned and visited the Name Rater’s home. Their, DigRat was given an in-game nickname, AAJST(???. Many still referred to him as DigRat, although some also decided to call him AJ.

The streamer once again decided to tinker with the Anarchy/Democracy system, adding a small arrow indicating the direction the stream was headed, whether it be towards Anarchy or Democracy. The change didn’t affect gameplay in anyway. After a brief period of stream issues, the team was once again playing normally.

The hivemind, still eager to train up the Keeper, returned to the Rock Tunnel, and caught a Zubat, with some great balls that had been purchased at a local Pokemart. His nickname was . He was called Dashbat by the fans. Once again, the team visited the Renamer. Dashbat was nicknamed AAAAA, but then RE-renamed to JJJJJSS-, it was decided to call him Jesse. Oddish, also gained an in-game nickname. He was deemed a, but that was later changed to x(araggbaj. The team had rarely been referring to him as The Seed of Hope but after this, it was deemed he be called xCabbage. Once again, the team, torn on what to do, visited the Rock Tunnel, and again, caught a Zubat, this time namedX. He was deemed X-Wing by the hivemind.

The hivemind, after wandering around aimlessly for a bit, came to the conclusion that they should get the TM for Psychic and teach it to the Keeper. They managed to retrieve it but found it difficult to actually teach it. They decided to wait and try again later, entering the Dojo and challenging its master. After defeating him, Red chose Hitmonlee who was named CCC. The team decided his true nickname should be C3KO. The team immediately wanted to retrieve and use him, and went straight for the PC. This was a disastrous trip, not only was Cut and the essential Silph Scope deposited, but C3KO was released. Clearly the team wasn’t worthy of him. X-Wing was released shortly afterwards, which wasn’t as huge as a blow, considering we already had a second Zubat.

Despite the hardship the PC brought, the team knew they had to return, they couldn’t progress without the Silph Scope. The went back in, and retrieved both of the deposited items. Furthermore, the team once again attempted to teach Psychic to Drowzee, which was successful this time around. Nearing the mark of one whole week, the team went back to Pokemon Tower, and caught a Gastly, which was given no nicknamed, but called Rick Gastly by the fans.

The team slowly, but surely climbed the tower, getting just a little bit further every time, but eventually losing at some point. The Keeper unfortunately lost Psychic in favor of Headbutt on the journey, a big blow, considering how useful Psychic had been for this short spell. DigRat finally evolved into a Raticate as well, gaining the new nickname BigDig due to he’s obviously bigger size, and how useful Dig was against opposing Gastly and Haunter. Bird Jesus finally obtained an in-game nickname during a trip to the name rater, aaabaaajss. Some decided to call him Abba Jesus, but most still referred to him as Bird Jesus. Rick Gastly was also retrieved from the PC without any sacrifice (for once). The team finally made it to Marowak after a while, BigDig being a valuable partner with his ability to slay ghosts. Marowak, as well as the Rocket Trainers above were swiftly defeated by the team. Mr. Fuji was rescued, and the team was able to progress.

Their next step was to use the newly acquired Pokeflute on the Snorlax blocking their path. This was accomplished surprisingly quickly, and a battle quickly ensued. The team made an attempt to catch it, but ultimately failed, fleeing in the process. The hivemind ordered Red to progress further South.

The team grew ever stronger, with Cabbage evolving into a Gloom, and Red obtaining the Super Rod, although it was never used properly. The team, knowing well that money would be required to enter the Safari Zone presumably multiple times, battled every trainer they found. Eventually, they made it to Fuscia City, and headed straight for Koga’s Gym. After a few battles, the team left, in favor of the Safari Zone. Shortly after paying and entering BigDig promptly dug them out, wasting a hard earned 500 PokeDollars. Once again, they headed off to the Gym

The hivemind made the grave mistake of challenging Koga with just one Pokemon that was battle fit. They lost after a decent effort. The second attempt was far more successful, culminating in Bird Jesus’ heroic survival against Weezing’s Self-Destruct. The badge was obtained, but unfortunately for Bird Jesus, he forgot his most viable move, Gust, in favor of Mirror Move. Another blow indeed, although if used correctly, it could be helpful.

The team once again journeyed to the Safari Zone, after a few failures due to BigDig and running out of steps. The team opted for a Democratic approach, afraid of running out of money. It was slow, but eventually, they picked up Surf and the Golden Teeth, which they used to get Strength. In their exploits in the Safari Zone, many new recruits joined. They caught 5 Nidorans, 2 Venonats, 1 Paras, 1 Exeggcute, 1 Nidorino, 1 Venomoth, and 1 Rhyhorn. Some were given nicknames in the game, but the hivemind opted not to give them fan-nicknames, as their were way too many of them and none had done anything notable to earn them.

They team now had a new goal in mind. Retrieve Lapras. They made their way to Silph Co. and were given Lapras upon arrival. It was namedAIIIIIIRRR, and thus aptly called Air Jordan by the fans. She was taught the HMs Surf and Strength, which of course can’t be deleted. The team now had a reliable HM pokemon, provided they didn’t box her of course. Along the way, BigDig was deposited, which was unfortunate, considering how well he was doing in the Pokemon Tower. In his place, the Venomoth caught in the Safari Zone was withdrawn. It’s nickname wasAATTVVV, and as a result, the fans called her ATV, which stands for All Terrain Venomoth.

The hivemind led Red to Giovanni, who was defeated rather swiftly. As a reward, the team received the Master Ball. Their next task was to challenge Sabrina’s gym. Her teleportation gym gave the team many issues, but they eventually made it to Sabrina, albeit with a ravaged team. Naturally, they lost almost immediately. The second attempt turned out differently, with a fully healed squad. 5 team members fell to Kadabra, her first pokemon, leaving Bird Jesus the only one alive. Through the power of Quick Attack, Bird Jesus was able to take out Sabrina’s entire team. Red had earned his 6th badge.

The team was unsure of what to do next, but ultimately decided it would be best to try to go to the DayCare again and leave ATV there. They were unable to accomplish this and gave up with a new plan… to catch Zapdos. On their way to the Power Plant, they were tasked with passing the infamous Ledge a second time, but this time, it only took a few hours, rather than a day to pass. They used Air Jordan to surf to the Power Plant, and encountered Zapdos. Miraculously, they managed to catch it without running away, and it was named AA-J and was sent to the PC. The team had an exceptionally difficult time retrieving Zapdos. 12 pokemon were released, the most notable being Cabbage, BigDig, and Dux, the rest were just Safari Pokemon. This left the team with nothing to use Cut. Furthermore, although Zapdos was withdrawn, Bird Jesus and The Keeper were both Deposited. The team kept trying to rescue the team by switching between Anarchy and Democracy regularly, but they had no luck doing so. They continued to attempt using the PC, eventually withdrawing both Bird Jesus and The Keeper, but in the process, Zapdos was deposited, meaning no progress was made. They decided to go to the DayCare one last time, which was successful, and deposited Rick Gastly. They did this, so that they could continuously spam A in the PC, as Zapdos was at the top of the list to Withdraw. The plan was a success, however those 12 who were lost would never be forgotten. This terrible day was known as Bloody Sunday by fans. Now with Bird Jesus and Zapdos, who was dubbed Battery Jesus, Archangel of Justice, and Jesus 2 by the fans, the team believed nothing could stand in their way, and trudged forward.

The team made their way to Pallet Town, so that they could access the water route to get to Cinnabar Island. While there, they evolved theNidorino that had been withdrawn during all the PC craziness of the previous day with a Moon Stone that had been acquired earlier. The now Nidoking, who’s nickname was AAAAAAAAAA, was deemed The Fonz by the community. After this, they used Air Jordan to Surf to Cinnabar Island. Crushing all trainers in their path, they eventually landed in Cinnabar. Once thy made landfall, their goal was clear. They needed to revive the Helix Fossil. This was accomplished successfully, and Omanyte with no nickname, was sent to the PC. Still wounded from Bloody Sunday, the team was scared at the prospect of returning to the PC. After a quick scare of depositing Bird Jesus, both him and Lord Helix were rescued. Red now had a strong team of 6 good pokemon: Fonz, Air Jordan, Bird Jesus, Battery Jesus, ATV, and of course, Lord Helix himself. They now set off for the Pokemon Mansion, in search of the Secret Key…

It took them many tries to get the key, at one point they fainted while literally one click away from it, on another occasion they actually got trapped by a trainer, forcing them to grind to the point of death. They finally accomplished it, and headed straight for Blaine’s gym, which was swiftly defeated. Afterwards, they made it their goal to return to Red’s house and deposit the Pokeflute in the PC (they did it here because you can’t deposit/release pokemon at that PC). The project was successful, and they no longer needed to worry about wasting a turn using it in a battle. They now had one goal. Get their final gym badge.

They returned to Viridian, and attempted to enter the gym. The problem is, that the gym was heavily fortified by a single ledge placed right at below the entrance. It took many tries to enter, which was accomplished on one occasion in Anarchy mode, but in all future attempts, Democracy was used to enter. They finally reached Giovanni, and he was conquered for the third and final time in an exceptionally tight match, which was clutched by Bird Jesus. With all eight badges in tow, they had one final hurdle to cross… Victory Road.

Before heading off, the team decided to grind at Pokemon Mansion before they took on the Elite Four. After grinding for a while, the team headed off to Victory Road. During the entire lead up, many had believed it would have taken forever for them to reach the gate, due to the large number of ledges. However, against all odds, the team actually ended up making in on their first attempt. They entered and began the journey through the final dungeon. After eventually whiting out, they once again opted to train once again, evolving Lord Helix into an Omastar in the process. Through the use of Democracy, Victory Road, and all it’s puzzles, was conquered.

The Elite Four, was of course, difficult. They fought them many times, getting just a little bit farther with each attempt, and gaining levels in the process. At one point, they had even defeated Lance, through the use of ATV’s Poison Powder, and Disable on Lance’s Dragonite. It was quite the spectacle. Although loss to Blue was swift. They continue to challenge the League, and the team knows that with each attempt, they become closer to their goal.

At long last, they beat Blue at 16 days 7 Hours, 45 minutes, and 30 seconds. The run to victory began with Battery Jesus cleanly sweeping Lorelei. Bruno, while slightly more difficult, was also taken out quickly using The Fonz and Battery Jesus. Agatha posed no threat as once again Battery Jesus lead the team to victory. Lance proved a more difficult fight, as his dragon’s resisted electric. A few members fell in that fight, but most of the team exited intact. The final battle with Blue was very intense, as he was able to take down the majority of Red’s team, including Bird Jesus, but once again it was Battery Jesus who came through for the team. His Thundershock was enough to take down Blue’s menacing Blastoise.

So concludes the epic tale of Twitch Plays Pokemon Red, but soon the team will have a new adventure. The road was rough, and filled with many memorable moments, places, and characters. Those who fought for us will always be remembered…