Pokémon Go Is Ruining My Life

Pokémon Go Is Ruining My Life


You've seen one of my kind on a flight before. Headphones on, book out, scowling; I'm a proud member of those groups of people who do everything in their power to avoid having conversations on planes. I'm not shy or misanthropic; I've just never understood why some people are so determined to make a friend before the wheels hit the tarmac. If we go down, the last thing I want to be thinking about is how some stranger's mother's sciatica is doing. It's all about time and place. Some spaces are sacred for me in that they necessitate absolute silence. One of the most integral of these places, aside from airplanes, is the nightly quiet time I enjoy.

My daily ritual consists of doing as much of whatever it is that needs doing, so that by 1 or 2 a.m., I'm able to enjoy a movie, the starlight, and a cold Diet Dr Pepper in absolute silence. Unfortunately, for me, Pokémon Go -- while a fun, interactive piece of nostalgia -- is ruining my life, or at least the last half of my day. My precious, unobstructed silence, a period of time used for internal reflection and relaxation, is being ravaged on a nightly basis by trampling hordes of complete strangers who, for some reason only God Himself knows, feel compelled to corner me and detail the (usually unimpressive) list of Pokémon they've caught, where they've caught them and how. They approach me with a Mayberry-esque sense of neighborliness. They smile and greet me and ask which team I've joined. They make me sick.

I have a great respect for what the game is doing, that endlessly discussed list of pros which -- only a week after the game's release, has become passé: getting people moving around outside, encouraging them to explore their own backyards, even enabling them to interact with one another face to face. And though these accomplishments are praiseworthy, Pokémon Go has changed my life from a carefully regimented and enjoyable routine into one never ending flight, on which I am trapped in a middle seat, being forced to make conversation with well-intentioned bumpkins who treat this game with a perverse seriousness, as though their family is relying on them to bring home a Pidgey for dinner.

I know how awful this must sound, and I could easily picture you wondering why anyone would even want to approach such a mean-spirited person. I do, too. But the fact of the matter is that while the press touts the game for encouraging untold masses to discover their own communities for themselves, the me's of the world, we firework types who are "on" for the first half of the day, and then need time to ourselves, are being subjected to the unsolicited midnight ramblings of potential Pokémasters.

While scores of others try to "catch them all," I'll be trying to catch those last fleeting moments of self-imposed isolation before another overly-excited adult tracks me down to extensively discuss the Charizard they caught six miles away.

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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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