Team TacoVan presents OPERATION: CHLOROPHYLL
Several months ago our fielding team received a message from agent Tygixx. “I’m heading to Juneau soon, anyone need anything?’
That’s all we needed to get the wheels turning. Agents 85MR2 and nwgator hatched a plan about a week before Helios sites were announced. This field was for immediate use. But when Tacoma was announced as a primary site and Vancouver as a satellite site, we knew what we had to do. We immediately got agent Anachronist farming keys with some help from Random42. Tygixx muled them back to Portland and we waited. And waited.
Suddenly agent Koplin arrived in town bearing a handful of Ketchikan keys. They were delivered via agent theBana. What good fortune indeed! We added them to the plan. Then we sat on them and waited. And waited.
As the day drew near we got everything locked into place and ready to go. Teams were in place to smash throughout the PNW. Operators were glued to screens. Anchor prep was dialed in. Linkers were in route. Time to make big triangles.
On the morning of the 27th the hard work of others had given us a green field to work under. We gave thanks to the Shapers and got to work. Links were cleared, teams were in place, and everything was working flawlessly. Tacoma and Vancouver were about to be buried under a few dozen layers as soon as the morning’s gigafield fell. So we sat and waited. And waited. Then it happened, the green field went down and a blue dagger of a blocker went up, minutes before we were to link. Right in the heart. Speechless, we all took a break for a few minutes.
Time to take stock. We knew we would miss measurements. This blocker was hours away. And to add insult to injury… one of our southern anchors was about to close. Did this mean the field plans were over? Not a chance! Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! The situation required that a really stupid and futile gesture be done on someone’s part and we were just the guys to do it!
Back to the drawing board. Agent f4runner was dispatched to make the 2+ hour drive to the remote blocker. He’s a true ENL hero. We had one real option at hand, redrawing the field to get as much as we could from the anchor that was open. insert bana on ground pic Tacoma would have their afterparty under a green field.
Our agents spent the next couple hours keeping lanes open that had been previously protected by the soothing green blanket of the giga. Link teams refueled. Burgers and beer were had and operators compulsively scanned for new obstacles. At approx 6:15 pm the blocker fell and the resulting flurry of activity resulted in seven layers over Portland, Tacoma, and Vancouver for a total of over 40M MU.
I cannot thank everyone enough for making this happen. Besides the days and hours of prep leading up to the event many agents put in 18+ hours on the day of the event. Thousands of dollars were spent on fuel and lodging and agents from four states and two countries worked together for a common goal. It was a great victory for the team, and once again I stand humbled at the kindness of friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike. ALL GLORY TO THE SHAPERS and ALL GLORY TO THIS AMAZING TEAM!
LINK TEAM: Tygixx, funkonomics, nwgator, Beefrog, Amethina, NoBadKarma, boltcollector, theBana
OPERATORS: 85MR2, burritoanarchy, Dnaltrop
ANCHOR PREP: DWGII, Koplin, SloshyRabbit, Anachronist, MrsAnachronist, Katiana, Snowblind, Random42, TheKrum, zombifiedrunner, Randlfscott
LINK BUSTERS: ADSR, BrettG, meeples, Agent34, MrsA34, SaevusDelphine, SpatialEd, MutagenXX, isishunter, Vafarien, Skronkdog, littlemrj, 90nine, MaxwellSmart00, Ramereth, Peptide, Hir0k, P4nd4monium, PoohPal, ge0freak, simplecat, TheDoubleDeuce, TubOfLlamas, drew3rdof3, CrowsBeard, RalphtheBlack, HappyTurtle, a1r, strucguy, kttail, LadyDoe, Orion76