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“You’re from around here?”

The gorgeous bartender’s surprise was a bit understandable, since it was safe to say this ski resort didn’t necessarily cater to the ‘dying northern Maine mill town’ demographic.

“Oh, ayuh.” I nod in the affirmative.

“Whereabouts?” she asks, as I put my ID back in my wallet. The little plastic rectangle still has a tangible chill.

Seems like a silly question, but it’s not unreasonable for her to assume that the address on my driver’s license isn’t current.

“Castle Rock.” I say with a straight face.

She pauses for a moment. Clearly this girl has read her some Steven King.

“C’mon…..really- where are you from?”

“Cabot Cove?”

She didn’t say anything right away, but her eyes lit up.

“Jessica Oba-san?” she finally asks me excitedly.

“I’m sorry- what?”

“Oh…I’m sorry….” she gushed enthusiastically. “It’s just that we used to get Murder She Wrote on TV when I was growing up. Except in Japanese, it was called The Case Files of Jessica Oba-san. I used to love watching that show.”


Pokémon: Day of Ascension

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“Since my whole team was with me, I witnessed them all change right before my eyes. ” He stared off to the side. I could tell he was picturing it as if it happened a few hours ago instead of years. “It was breathtaking. I probably looked like a damn fool, standing there with my mouth wide open in shock. I looked at them and took in every new detail. The changes were radical but not enough to be unrecognizable. While I was taking mental notes of their new features-”

“You were gawking at them.” After I cut Daniel off, he tried to hide a stupid grin and failed miserably.

“Yeah, their new features took me by surprise and I was gawking like an idiot. Even so, they never stopped looking into my eyes. I said corporations, scientists and crime groups felt lost. Well that wasn’t the case with Pokémon trainers. I’ve been with my team through thick and thin. We’d do anything for each other. When I looked them in the eyes I knew that wouldn’t change.” I think we can all agree with that sentiment. If nothing else, our bonds with Pokémon have grown stronger since they ascended to their new forms. But there was a reason that I specifically chose James for this interview. As most of my readers know, I talk with fourteen people every year to find out where they were when the Day of Ascension happened. It was interesting to find out what such an intriguing character and his Pokémon were up to on that day, it was only half the reason I contacted him.

A few months ago, I dug up a report done by the Peace Front claiming that Daniel knew what caused all Pokémon to change. Boy was that a shock! When was the last time any of you watched the news or read a scientific journal where there was more than just speculation on what caused the change? I had to ask him about that report but he told me not to get my hopes up for a big scoop. According to James, it was debunked like all the other theories that professors spent so much time working on. Perhaps one day we’ll find out what caused Pokémon to change but even if James gave me all the answers I needed for a story of the century, it still wouldn’t have been as important as the fact that we have always lived alongside these fantastic creatures and nothing could cause that to change. From Daniel Carson and his Pokémon to us: “Have a happy Valentines Day.”