Bow Tie Burst - Jan IFS
On January 4, 2020, in Odessa, Texas, Ingress agents gathered for a First Saturday event unlike any they had done before. As a community, they put aside faction and city loyalty to honor an agent, @Ribbitt223, who passed away last year, and also to bring smiles to his widow and their children.
We planned a link star, dubbed “The Bow Tie Burst” positioned between two cities in West Texas: Midland and Odessa. Agents spent a week planning, gathering keys, harvesting resonators, and clearing links for the big day.
IFS registration started at noon at a local restaurant with key distribution. Agents were given their assigned starting portals. At 13:00, IFS kicked off with Resistance agents flooding Odessa, and Enlightened Agents descending on Midland.
One ENL agent, @Ramsinator, took the special task of traveling about 90 miles to Colorado City, where @Ribbitt223 lived. She voluntarily forfeited the uptick on her First Saturday badge, missing the check-in portal, to be certain she could get keys to the family and help them throw. There, in Colorado City, she met @Ribbitt223’s wife and sons, who all play Ingress as well: @Craftyy @Abernathy918 and @Hawke0301. His sons had driven in late the night before to be present for the event. They threw a number of links from Colorado City to the link star as well.
All of this was accomplished for @Ribbitt223, who was one of the early members of the Midland/Odessa First Saturday cohort. Several agents who participated fondly remembered engaging with @Ribbitt223 both in game and in person. Further, some agents drove for more than five hours to take part in this event: they came from Las Cruces, NM, El Paso, San Angelo, Colorado City, Lubbock, Odessa, and Midland.
By the time IFS officially ended at 15:00 for double AP, agents had created 426 links to the star. However, after that, agents continued throughout the afternoon and evening to throw to the star — by the end of the day they had thrown nearly 700 links.
We would like to thank all those who contributed to the successful op:
More pictures: https://imgur.com/a/xuc75ER