I'll Be Honest, I'm Disappointed In "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp"

I'll Be Honest, I'm Disappointed In "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp"

It's not as exciting as I was hoping.
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If you are disappointed in "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp," you are not alone.

When the game first came out, I was so excited. I was going to relive my childhood, for I was the queen of "Animal Crossing." I had gotten "Animal Crossing: Wild World" for my Nintendo DS when I was in the fifth grade, and I cared for my town as if it was my child. I plucked every weed in my town and constantly planted new trees. I dug up fossils and was determined to finish all of the exhibits in the museum. I made sure to talk to all of the animals in my town on a daily basis to maintain my relationship with them. If they tried to move out, I spent at least ten minutes trying to convince them not to move.

I looked forward to holidays because I knew that there would be a super cool event going on. I collected every single piece of acorn and snowman furniture, and when I was not playing the game, I was on forums learning about hidden secrets to the game (that sadly never turned out to be true).

Needless to say, I had absolutely no life. But I also was extremely excited to see the release of "Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp."

I knew from the start that it was not going to be nearly as awesome as Wild World. Obviously, a free game for a phone is not going to be as in-depth as a (then) $50 game for the Nintendo DS. However, I was still excited to relive my childhood to some degree, and to be able to play my favorite game once again.

When the game first came out, I immediately downloaded it. I loved every second of it, and I felt like I was back in fifth grade again. I got to walk around and talk to different animals; I was able to fish and collect bugs, and although building furniture took some time, it was not nearly as annoying as some other apps. I did not feel obligated to spend real money on "leaf tickets" to make progress in the game. I was pleased and could not wait to expand my campsite.

However, after a month of playing the game, I already lost all of my interest. I never thought that I would miss the extremely annoying, con artist Tom Nook. He overcharged his loans on houses as well as his items in his store, but having a loan on a camper is so much less dramatic than having a loan on a house. I miss stressing that I catch all of the winter bugs and fish, because the museum is counting on me to complete the exhibit, duh. I miss shooting presents out of the sky with my slingshot and hitting every rock in my town until I found the one magic rock of the day that gave me 10,000 bells. Without having all of these annoying daily tasks, I feel like the game is pointless. I understand that Pocket Camp tries to add daily tasks to keep the game interesting, but it is not nearly the same as the original Animal Crossing games.

RIP Animal Crossing...and my childhood.


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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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5 Of The Best True Crime Shows To Binge On Netflix This Semester

Hopefully, you'll never have to spend 45 minutes picking out your next Netflix binge.

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If you're like me and have spent the majority of your winter break laying in your bed watching Netflix, then you're probably running out of shows to watch. Truthfully, I've probably spent more time scrolling through Netflix trying to find the perfect thing to watch than actually watching a show. That's why I've compiled a list of some of the best true crime docuseries currently available on Netflix.

1. "Flint Town"

"Flint Town" profiles the police force in Flint, Michigan and their struggles with the growing crime rate. Flint still does not have clean water which makes the conditions the police force work under increasingly difficult. Through one season totaling eight episodes, the filmmakers highlight key issues while also addressing day to day lives of the police officers for two years. This Netflix original brings attention to both the continuing water crisis in Flint, Michigan and how it affects the local government and the citizens of the town.

2. "The Staircase"

"The Staircase" follows the suspicious death of Kathleen Peterson. Consisting of one season totaling 12 episodes, the filmmakers take you through the entire trial from start to finish while providing in-depth interviews with family, as well as the lawyers. Perhaps one of the most interesting series I've ever watched, "The Staircase" had me completely interested within the first ten minutes of watching it.

3. "Making A Murderer"

Another Netflix original, "Making A Murderer" follows the wrongful conviction of Stephen Avery and the blatant corruption in his small town's police force. Made up of two parts, it's super easy to crawl into bed and spend your entire day binge-watching the entire series.

4. "The Innocent Man"

"The Innocent Man" takes a close look at two murders that took place in the town of Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980s. Based upon the book by John Grisham (who provides interviews during the series), the show features several interviews with family members as well as lawyers and members of the prosecution teams. The series, which is made up of six parts, was released on December 14th of last year and has already quickly become popular on Netflix. With the mix of actual footage from the trials and eyewitness accounts, the show is incredibly interesting and will have you hooked immediately.

5. "The Confession Tapes"

"The Confession Tapes" is made up of one season totaling seven episodes. Each one outlining a new case and the methods in which the police officers investigating the case got the confessions. This series shows how easily one can be tempted to provide a false confession and the pressures and stress that come along with being interrogated by police officers. Each episode goes back and investigates a case, from start to finish, where the subjects featured say that their confession was coerced or involuntary in some way. The in-depth interviews mixed with the audio from some of the actual confession tapes makes for an extremely interesting series.

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If you're a fan of true crime and never know what to watch these are the five best options that won't leave you bored halfway through like some series. Hopefully, you'll never have to spend 45 minutes picking out your next Netflix binge.

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