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Layers, layers, layers #greenGoblins #TXenl #moo
 
I am a little late with getting this posted. 

Sit-Rep for Operation: Bananas
 
A few months ago, my good friend +Dan Funderburke  asked me to help him get his Onyx Illuminator. I agreed to help him because as many of you know, fielding is my absolute favorite part of this game. I started to come up with a plan, looking for good lanes and slow response time anchors, and decided on two portals that I was already familiar with: a remote portal on Matagorda Island and another in a historic cemetery south of Brackettville, Texas.

My plan was beginning to take shape.
 
I had met +Professor Justin  at a farm in the Hill Country a few months ago and invited him and +Sarah Czimskey to have an opportunity to throw some layers knowing how hard it is to get an Onyx Illuminator by fielding “Moo” units. The Professor graciously made the trip to the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery to farm keys for that anchor, +Thomas Spear and I both made the trips to Sunday Beach Cross (SBC) to farm keys. 

I have had the privilege of fielding with many other agents in Central Texas who have all been instrumental in previous Ops, and I wanted to recognize their hard work by allowing them the opportunity to join the throw team as well. The plan was to throw a few layers from each anchor and to have an elongated spine running through Jarrell and Salado to maximize the number of layers.

As +Nancy Something  and I were boarding a chartered boat to take us to the SBC anchor we found out that there were two Resistance Agents,  @indubitablytim and @jibsailjohn already onsite. After scoping out the situation, and having all blockers accounted for, we decided to give it a shot and see if we could get a field up and hold it until checkpoint.
 
Like clockwork, all the blockers across central and southern Texas all fell within seconds of one another, clearing the lanes and giving us green light to give it a shot. We managed to get the 1st layer up before the agents on site realized what had happened and although we attempted to hold the portal, SBC went down. We fought to keep the portal up and fully deployed but in the end we were unable to hold it.

The Op was originally called, but then after the Resistance agents left the island we decided to go ahead and give it another shot. We managed to get most of the agents back in position, although some changes had to be made on the fly to the throw order due to keys which had been consumed in the previous attempt In the end we were able to get 30 layers up with a total of 68,908,613 mind units captured. In this field, we got 5 Onyx Illuminator badges and many people got fielding experience, it was a learning experience for many of us. 

Congratulations to the throw team consisting of myself and +Nancy Something  at the SBC anchor, +Dan Funderburke  and +Cory Maddox   at the Seminole Indian Scouts Cemetery, and +Heath Detrixhe +Amy Detrixhe +Scott Cristal working the spine in Jarrell and +Professor Justin +Renee Botbyl +Adam B +Sean Collier  in Salado.  Unfortunately, due to the changes which had to be made on the ground not everyone was able to get their layers thrown though.
 
A big thank you to the blocker busters out there who were able to take everything down seamlessly, some driving hours to do so, and some being called off at the last minute. +Eric Massey +Millie Clark  and @CatfishClark, +Verbena Smith +meta smith +One Wing +Hannah Busekrus +Jeremy Hancock +Mason Sheppard +Seth Batterton +Bob Collins +Lyn Armstrong +Melvin Sands +Britt Cleveland +Steven Tomlinson  all helped with blockers, with additional assistance from +Daniel Field +Dillon Lopez +gupp gupp +Chris Shelton +Sean Sandoval +gupp gupp  and +John W Bond  helping with counter-blockers and/or contacts beforehand.

Also a big thank you to the Austin ENL Community for all of your support! 
 
Lastly, we were blessed to have some great operators providing us with their eyes on the field of battle, directing and coordinating our efforts. A huge shout out to +Charles Hueter +Sabrina Schrijver-Meeuwsen and +Brit N Boots  for their efforts!

#TexasFieldingSyndicate   #ENLorGTFO   #AustinENL    #GreenGoblins  
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Back to moo and sexy layers #TXenl
 
Operation Moonshot

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”
–President John F. Kennedy, “Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort,”, Houston, TX, September 12, 1962

Idle conversations can be dangerous things. A couple weeks ago we had a conversation on AustinENL’s Slack team that went something like this:
“Have you ever noticed that Congress Avenue would make a great spine? We should field downtown.” 
“We did that thing along Sixth Street last year, 37 layers I think. That’s a pretty great spine, too. We could layer downtown in two directions!” 
“We could center it at Sixth and Congress, and layer downtown in FOUR directions!” 
“Heck, why stop downtown?”

Lines were drawn. Keys were farmed. Intel was crashed multiple times. Operation #Moonshot  was born.

It took us about 275 ADAs and thousands of XMPs, but we managed to open up the lanes. The links started coming in just after 9am*, soon followed by many, many fields. We never had all 156 fields (39 layers in 4 directions) up at once, but we had around 130-140 standing at one point, and rethrows added up to a total of something like 200 thrown for well over 30 million mu.

Some portions of the fields lasted for the next three hours, until our Blanco team had to deal with a flat tire and we decided to let things die with the next ADAing of the central portal. We left for some well-earned barbecue and nap time.

Congratulations for the six onyx illuminator, three platinum illuminator, and one silver mind controller badges received by our anchor teams: Brian Arneson, Charles Hueter, David Geisberg, Erinn Hughes, Hannah Buse, Jessica White, Kathryn Hutchison, Mark Harrill, and special emergency flat-tire rescuer Trey Cooksey!

Of course an operation like this requires many agents, and I hope I catch everyone to thank you all. I apologize if I’ve missed anyone!

Operators: 
+Brent Hollett , +Joshua Stevens , +Kris Habraken (Kris got to experience flashbacks to our #KeepHankWeird op last year)

Fielders: 
+Brian Arneson (@arnietex), +Charles Hueter (@sarcastomatic), +David Giesberg (@davidg), +Erinn Hughes (@atxstarsgirl), +Hannah Busekrus (@beeslyboozie), +Jessica White (@arnesonj), +Kathryn Hutchison (@sheextends), +Mark Harrill (@atxstranger), +Trey Cooksey (@oberstdrei)

Clearers, Defenders, and Key Farmers: 
+Adam B (@atxadam), +Adrian Lee (@weasel5i2), +Andy Alegria (@hottamales), +Andy Finnell (@scatterbrained),, +Barby Fuller (@shibumibabe), +Charles Clark (@catfishclark), +Chris B (@redrhino89), +Cory Maddox (@substituted), +Debi Johnson (@gizmocat), +James Buckley (@donquixote42), +Jeremy Hancock (@beardedfactotum), +Jessica Freasier (@butterpecan), +Jim Brimble (@jdrakeharvey), +Jim Murphy (@y0jimb0), +John Hodson (@redrogan), +Johnny Simpson (@johnnyvolador), +Jon Harmon (@jonthegeek), +Jr Serl (@sharpest1), +Justin Beam (@Mannontheedge), +Kacper Kowalik (@xarth), +Millie Clark (@millismash), +Nancy Something (@doomsidoomsidoo), +Nicole Perdue (@icicole), +Ray Fuller (@illumaniti1465), +Sean Collier (@fadedtimes), +Shaggy Rogers (@rabidg4tor), +Sunny Bogden (@riotgrl), +Tiji Biem (@tgbm), +Zach Beauchamp (@killadro)

* Nope, we didn’t quite make checkpoint. That would’ve been nice, but it wasn’t the point. We’ll win the septicycle for AM03-GOLF-02 and AM03-GOLF-13 with fields that are slightly less insane.

#IngressReport #Sitrep +Ingress  +John Hanke  +Joe Philley  +Anne Beuttenmüller  #TrianglesAreBoring  
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Good read on rucking 
There is a new way to exercise and condition your body in the great outdoors which has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years. You may be a veteran of it, or completely unfamiliar with the term, depending on the circles in which you play. It's called rucking, a term that derives from the military slang for a rucksack (aka backpack). To ruck is also a verb meaning to move with a rucksack (usually with a significant amount of gear), ...
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Hey Ingress family! I'm hoping to help out some truly awesome friends, people, and Ingressgers: Deke Filmore and Honu McTurtle.  On August 7, 2015 a tree fell onto a portion of their home causing a significant amount of damage.  Their homeowner's insurance is covering them with a hotel while repa...
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Atx enl!
 

Sit-Rep for Operation: Electric Fire

So last week on Monday +Mason Sheppard and I joked about fielding Austin, again. Tuesday I asked him about it again and we agreed that we should do it. I started looking at Intel found some clear lanes around Austin. I made the plan, Mason pitched it to the community and +Nicole Perdue pulled it all together. 

Wednesday night, +Heath Detrixhe took me to farm the keys in Luling and Lockhart. We set the portals up and hoped that they would stay up for the next 24 hours. 

Thursday afternoon Nicole started assigning blockers. We had everyone in their places and blockers dropped precisely when we wanted them to and we were able to successfully field Austin for the 10 p.m. Checkpoint on Thursday evening. Unfortunately due to some issues we were not able to get all 22 layers up for checkpoint. We did however, get 7 up in time. Fields averaged between 650k and 710k MU per layer.

First, I want to give a HUGE shout out to all of our blocker busters, without you, we would not have been able to make this happen. +Rowan Badger +t chipman +Nancy Something +Eric Massey +chris chipman +Steven Hill +Professor Justin +Andy Finnell +Hannah Busekrus +Millie Clark +mike sentell +Shaggy Rogers +Chalupa Batman +Heath Detrixhe +Verbena Smith +meta smith +Cory Maddox +Kacper Kowalik +James Buckley +John Halliday +Aaron Johnson +Eric L 

Secondly I want to recognize out fielders. +Sarah Czimskey and +X Hawkx joined me at our Burnet anchor where we distributed the keys, +Mason Sheppard and +Sean Collier were at the Buckholts anchor. 7 layers made checkpoint, but due to cell service issues we were not able to get all 22 up in time. We got 2 Onyx Illuminator badges and 

And last but not least, I want to thank +Nicole Perdue for organizing everything. I could not have asked for a better operator for our Austin fields. She was spectacular. 

#AustinENL   #ENLorGTFO   #wewinsepticycles   #TexasEnlightened  
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Another awesome Austin Op... way to go folks!
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Memphis resistance keeping it classy as usual #resistance #memphis 
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Shame on both sides! 😔
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Been a while since I shared this tune

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Heard a lot of this kind of music, reggae, rub a dub, soca etc when I lived in the USVI for a year, it was some pretty good times. Thanks for the share.
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Keep TX green #TXenl
 
OP BORDER PATROL:

On her way back from persepolis Phoenix +Chris Shelton had a crazy idea to field most of Texas so on their way back she and +Chalupa Batman farmed keys to Van Horn, TX.  After searching for the path of least #resistance  Alice, TX and DeQueen, AR seemed to be the best bet for anchors. Coincidentally +Jon Harmon was passing through Arkansas and was nice enough to farm keys and deploy resonators. With +gupp gupp having Alice as his normal play area all that was left was to meet up for key transfers and get blocker busting teams in place.

After several months it became apparent that this was going to be a bit harder than we first thought. Luckily Texas is full of great enlightened players who have no problem helping to achieve a common goal. Calls went out and agents responded in a big way.

Come throw time everything seemed to be going great with agents in Alice and DeQueen ready to throw, then came the blockers. Multiple agents drove hours out of their way to smash all the last minute links. Just as everything cleared and links started to fly a previously dropped blocker got rethrown in west TX. WIth a bit of pinging in comms we were able to get an ADA passcode sent to the agent that blocked. By the time they were able to get it down the two base links had been up and our lanes telegraphed. WIth it obvious that CP was going to be missed a decision was made to have the goal of Onyx Illuminator be our primary task. 

After a good fight +Gregory Holley was able to knock the last blocker down to two resonators just long enough for the field to be closed. Thats when the Alice team realized that a capsule of keys was missing. So we did what we do best, adapt.

Although a few layers were lost 10 still went up at ~6.9 mmu a piece for a stunning total of around 70 million mind units. This was more than enough to make sure that all throwers left with a shiny onyx badge.

None of this would have ever been possible without the help of countless agents. I am going to attempt to list them all here but if I forget anyone I apologize. Just send me a PM and I will definitely add you on.

Field Team:
+Chris Shelton +Lee Kimbel +gupp gupp +Mj Kindel +Robert KINDEL +Sean Sandoval +Elizabeth Rosas 

All the unsung heroes that added to the levels of enlightenment:
+Chad BRonson +Chantal Galloway +Chuck Ryan +Joanne Jones +John Spence +Kevin T. +Marlon B +Phtiv Foskett +Ryan Porterfield +sam piper +Sam Howell +Stephanie Lightfoot +Stephen Dakota +The HuK +John Rowland +Ekto Gamet +Jade Vogel +Jesse Marks +Oliver Meekins +Tundra Sama +Kacper Kowalik +Jeremy Hancock +Ashley C. +Shaggy Rogers +Mike Tolly +Charles Hueter +John Carnes +Thomas Spear +Estevan Reyes III +Adam Von Antz +Brit N Boots +Ricardo Poot +Chuy Reynoso +james ganzer +Honu McTurtle +Sara Bee +Sabrina Schrijver-Meeuwsen +V.G. Crutchfield +Robert Hyzer & somaliia +Gloria Adams +Bryan White +Nicole Perdue +Arch Zomby +MrKent Won +Jim McDonald +Brooks Doepner +Josh Tidmore +Daniel Field +Bart Reed +Zane Newton +Blue Fern +Hisham Eid +Jason Straw +Shane Riley +Teri Beckelheimer +Zeek Dunkelzahn +Lyn Armstrong +Matthew Chase +Britt Cleveland +Brian Dols +William Rodriguez +Michael Gustavson +Ricardo Maldonado +Sam Odom a.k.a. vocaljock +Shawn Sanford +Zombie Apocalypse +Agent Buddah2009 

Once again thanks to everyone and let me know if you got missed.

#enlightened   #ENLorGTFO   #GoBigorGoHome   #intelisnotacrime   #ingressreport   #sitrep  +John Hanke +Joe Philley  
And #blamemusto  just cause.

More pics will be uploaded as soon as can sort through them all.
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