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I wasn't really enthusiastic about the Mew research because it included missions like catching Ditto. And there's no way of knowing if Ditto is on the field because they don't show up on the overworld with sprites.
But I got a mission from a pokestop which wanted an Excellent throw. After a few tries, I made an Excellent throw by luck.
A Pidgey was the prize for the mission. I caught it.
Since I last posted here, I've managed to get enough candy to evolve Skorupi and Croagunk (I caught my first Croagunk on Boxing Day). I also got another Sinnoh Stone, which I used on Togetic. Now I'm deciding on what to use my next one on...
So for reasons known only to Satan, Niantic, and all their cohorts, Pokémon Go is showing the weather as snowing right now. It isn’t snowing. It isn’t even raining. It’s a surprisingly mild 4º Celsius on my phone app.
But it’s snowing in Pokémon Go for the first time since last year and I have never, ever, in my life seen a snowy Castform, so I have been watching my phone like a hawk.
Then I saw it. A black silhouette. The shape looks like a snowflake. Oh god, I think, this is it.
I throw on my clothes and bolt out the door. Note that I never, ever do this. They’ll come again later, I always think. No, not today. Today, I am willing myself to teleport the seven blocks away to that gorgeous black silhouette that I just know is going to disappear without me.
On the way there, the silhouette disappears. I swear aloud but persevere.
Finally, at last, I’m there. I am radiant with excitement and possibility. At long last, after years of nothing and with no snow at all this winter a snowy Castform is within my grasp.
Yes, I caught my new Bronzor. Yes, it’s very nice. My “nearby Pokémon” window is back to a sea of familiar faces and Pokémon Go’s drunken glitchy snow keeps falling with not a care in the world. One day, Castform. One day.
Edit: It occurs to me that when I said "last year" people probably thought I meant December 2018. It hasn't snowed in my city since maybe last spring, so that's not what I meant at all. Whoops.