walkable neighborhood

The Roomie is awesome. Here’s why:

So, the Roomie and I have both had atrocious weeks, and it’s only only Wednesday, so we went for the best comfort food available when one of us gave up alcohol for Lent… ugh: sushi.

We live in a walkable neighborhood with shops and restaurants, so we were walking home, down the sidewalk, and this guy on a Harley pulls up onto the sidewalk. He’s staring us down, revving his engine, and because we’re generally fairly polite people (and we thought he was parking for the pub or something) we shifted out of his way. That jerk just kept driving down the sidewalk all the way down.

The Roomie and I just burst out laughing and the absurdity of it and she shouts “Compensating for something?” very loudly. He may not have heard it, but the rest of the neighborhood did.

I’m playing Pokémon Go, and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s also given me an opportunity to witness something very strange. I’m lucky to live in a walkable urban neighborhood with multiple gyms, and they’re all controlled by this one kid, who’s maybe around ten years old.

This sounds cute, right? WRONG.

The kid is a little shit, and he’s unilaterally nasty to anyone who tries to talk to him. There’s a gym outside a local café, where I’ve had the odd experience of sitting and watching him at work. If someone sees him playing and asks for help or advice, he tells them that he doesn’t want them to get better than him. If someone asks him to ease up so that they can train at the gym, he tells them that they don’t deserve to play if they’re too weak. And so on. The kid is really serious about pokémon, and he seems to only be able to have fun with the game if no one else is.

This situation has forced me to reevaluate the premise of the Pokémon games, in which the player-character is, similarly, a ten-year-old kid who apparently doesn’t have anything better to do with his life than to walk around fighting everyone he encounters. It’s a lot of fun to be that kid in the games, but watching the expression of that attitude in real life is… kind of upsetting?