Perpetua Hexathlon, One Year Later
This has been a very meaningful weekend for me, as well as for many other Ingress Agents.
One year ago, on this weekend, the last in-person Ingress event took place. Perhaps you were one of the many Agents who traveled to a Hexathlon site to compete in person, or perhaps - like me - you assisted your Faction with Tessellation duties behind the scenes.
For me, the last weekend of February in 2020 seemed like it was years ago, but I still remember it very vividly. After spending the week assisting the local festival in my town, I spent the weekend virtually participating in the Tessellation aspect of the Hexathlon.
I woke up early that Saturday and virtually joined the Enlightened efforts at the Bratislava and Buenos Aires Tessellation drops. I remember being moved by the excitement of our wonderful Agents in what seemed to be a pleasant summer day in Argentina's capital city. Agents of both Factions were simply excited to play Ingress.
I remember somehow still having the energy, even after that eventful morning, to walk down to the local game store and play in the Pokemon tournament. I took home second place in the adult division, despite being half asleep and having built the deck in 15 minutes. I was so tired I must have resembled the Ghost Pokemon in my decks.
This weekend was much different than the weekend a year ago. My town's festival was moved to a virtual format, there are no in-person Ingress events, and Pokemon events at the local game store have been cancelled until further notice. Because of social distancing guidelines, I rarely left my apartment, and when I did, I wore a mask - an Enlightened one of course.
Agents, even though this weekend may not have been as exciting as last year's, we must still stay strong. Wear a mask, follow local health guidelines, and help your IRL community through this pandemic. If possible, get tested regularly and sign up for a vaccine appointment. Keep in contact (virtually) with your IRL and Ingress friends and support each other through this global challenge.
One day, when the pandemic is over, we will have live Ingress events again. 💚 💙