Austin Anomaly 2015 – Part 2

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Austin. The day of the Anomaly. And the weather was *perfect* for it! Low 70’s and cloudy. Cloudy wouldn’t normaly be considered perfect but when you are fixing to spend the next 4-5 hours walking all over the city – with 6 children – looking at your phone, cloudy makes it a whole lot better!

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It was so interesting to see the varity of people that play the game. I didn’t notice anyone else that had quite the crew we do but there were quite a few children.

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November Luna #1331 is the moving Ingress portal. It was not live at this point.

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XM is energy (those little white dots below), attracted to wifi and cell phones, it is found all over with heavier density in populated areas and also in Power Cubes (like energy shots).

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We were on the Volatile team that targets special portals that are worth more points… only those special ones are unknown until that cluster is live. We kind of have an advantage since 5 out of 8 of us play – we are like our own response unit.

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Suzanna Moyer is the reporter.

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A couple days later, they released the Ingress Report for the anomaly… if you look in the background at the 4 min mark…

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There we are! How neat!

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The swag pack – with codes for gear and medals. In a static proof bag… you know to block it from the XM 😛

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On our way to the first cluster. The city was very pretty. Walking truly gives a different visual experience of an area.

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Like would we have seen this building? Let alone have enough time to stop and take a picture of it and talk about it while driving by?

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The last portal of the day. We spent 5 hours walking around downtown Austin, pushing a double stroller, with 6 children. We didn’t lose anyone. We didn’t have any major breakdowns from anyone. We kept 3 of the 4 volatiles we were assigned. And we got to end the day with this beautiful view…

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Ok, and this view. Someone left the peanut butter in her reach… while we were walking to the last cluster she decided it would be a perfect time to “wash hands mouf” with said peanut butter. She did a great job with the coverage… you know, had it actually been soap…

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Finally! #NL1331 went live.

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And we spent the next 30 minutes battling over it. I used a ton of gear but got major AP out of it!

Afterwards, we decided to head back to the apartment hotel and make dinner. In an actual kitchen. So off to our favorite store – remember the one from San Antonio! Only this Central Market was a lot bigger! I’ll admit to having a hard time containing myself seeing all the super yum food we used to purchase that isn’t found up here. All the fresh organic meats and breads and deserts and… ohhh… But I did (mostly) and walked out with dinner… ok and a chocolate cake. Hey it was Mr’s birthday weekend!

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It was a pretty awesome weekend. There were a few people from our area that went down, it was nice to see familiar faces amongst the crowds. Even though we lost and had some leadership difficulties (unrelated to the losing), it was still a very fun event to be a part of!

Oh yea. And remember how we had left so much earlier to avoid the coming ice storm? No we didn’t get out unscathed. We were racing home trying to beat another round. Thankfully only encountering it with about 30 minutes left of the drive home.

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