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Debbie Gates (stoopedtollers)
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Ingresser, HoosierRes community leader, musician, firefighter/EMT with Richland Township VFD, owned by Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (and two cats)... I seem to have lost the concept of "spare" time...
Ingresser, HoosierRes community leader, musician, firefighter/EMT with Richland Township VFD, owned by Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (and two cats)... I seem to have lost the concept of "spare" time...

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Happy Birthday, +Christine Jeffery!!! 💙💙💙Love you!!

Best thing about Ingress? The amazing people you meet and the friendships you make. Being on Team KoaBFsD with you has been a blast!

#HeartsForVJ #IHeartIngress #TeamKoaBFsDForever

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I know it's mostly my Ingress friends who follow me here, and this isn't an Ingress request. One of the EMTs on my volunteer fire department is fighting cancer, and he's on leave with no pay from work. As you can imagine, this is causing financial stress, which he doesn't need while he's focused on healing. If you can help, it would be much appreciated!

https://www.gofundme.com/hgqr8a-emt-bob-prus-is-battling-cancer
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Midwest RES did a thing. It was very blue (also very fun).

I love my team... working on this op was a blast, not just because we made big blue triangles but because we did it with friends and we had fun.

#ilovethesepeople #whyiingress #somuchblue #stoopedisfamily
Operation Smurfin 2: Electric Bugaloo!

Unlike some of my crazier ops, this one was conceived long ago, in a galaxy far, far away... During the spring of 2016, I hatched a plan to cover Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis in layered fields. I was making contacts throughout the Midwest and had a sets of keys to areas in Northern Illinois and a little highway rest area just outside of Iowa City. So, with that I began asking for help from the Indy locals and Stinkiehippie helped to farm keys for that area. We met in St. Louis for Via Lux, transferred keys and were ready to set the plan in action that fall. Then it happened - Chicago got Via Noir and the plan was postponed.

As time went on, we still had the plans in the backpocket in case we ever needed a large field. More time passed, more localized Resistance fields were thrown, so much so that the Resistance won every cycle in AM01-Juliet07 for 2017!

With 2017 over, I decided it was time to go back to some of my old plans and checked with all locations to make sure keys were still in place. I pulled in some of my contacts from throughout the region and within 2 weeks we were able to gather nearly 100 agents to assist. The day of the operation was a nerve wracking one as green links blocking the lake had to be taken down and replaced with blue links. During lunch time, a few agents were able to gather along the lake and simultaneously drop the blockers and throw blue links to Big Sable Lighthouse in Michigan. With the anxiety of lake links over, we could now concentrate on the night's activities.

The plan was to throw the fields for the first checkpoint of the new cycle at midnight Central Time. An hour or so before that, agents began to gather along the lanes in near freezing temperatures to drop all blocking links. As our throw time came closer and closer, the call went out to drop all links, but then there was a sudden stop as a new blocker came up and the nearest participating agent was 20 minutes away - which would have put us over checkpoint. Frantic calls were put out and luckily, unbeknownst to us, an agent was playing at the opposite end of the link and took it down, saving the day! The call to drop all links was put out and the first field went up successfully for over 8 million MU! Agents in Iowa and Indiana carefully went through their areas and put up all 11 layers with only a few minutes to spare to checkpoint. At checkpoint, our final tally was: 11 fields for 96,725,155 MUs! And, as a bonus, 2 newer agents that were included in the field throwing (FernMae and LilFern) were able to get their onyx Illuminator medals with 25 million and 17 million MU captured respectively!

Info:
11 Layers
96,725,155 Mind Units (Average of 8.79 Million per field)
109 Total Participating Agents
1 Accidental Video Call

And now it's time to roll the credits:
PARTICIPATING AGENTS (In somewhat alphabetical order)
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adrenalinejunky
aoideanthousa
biddlet
bkartheiser
bodiehi
Boooooop
bulletstopper13
cammyb63
CaptainMalsGal
CaptainObvious9
Ccdkp
chibri
ChuckStake
coolbluewaters
daddyoak
DavidOneOne
DBQMARAUDER
DeathsHead2
Delaney83
Dirtheart
DrTookie
Druesyllia
DrunkenBrewer
ebonyhoof
ElKrem
failedgeometry
FernMae
Finntrinsic
FirinMaLazers
fl00d
flowerhopper
geneodude
Genres
GoochDI
hapto
Harleyrider
HoorayJen
ig88hunter
Intemerata
Katablue
kenisazO
kramerus
Kresh42
KwanLi
LilFern
LilMissObvious
mamatazzi
Maniac15
MrsDirtheart
MsAuntSue
MsDirtheart
Nihilistproxy
nr0x
Pamagica
pewpewski
PhaseolusV
QuantumThumb
Redfox1701
RehdBlob
Revenge2U
roha257
sassydew
semanticdm
SerranoChic
ShadowPhox
ShadowsDragonX
Silverhawk1
simontauer
skategod
SleepyfishRPSGT
Sofakat
soyabeansouplvr
SpectralSage
Stinkiehippie
stoopedgamertag
stoopedtollers
superpanda85
Swiftsquire
SySperling
TastesLikeChkn
TheBraydon99
TheHamlinHooker
TheRatt1994
TheRattsWife
Theundeadsoul
timphawk
titanup
tripledeuce
Toxoplasmolly
UndeadSoulMate
Vanteo
Vicious1016
Victor73
VWThing
WinterrRose
wrenchmaster
Xim3
xChalupaBatmanx
xxKelikinZxx
xxxMATZOxxx
YamaOnan
yourarmyboy
zatodog
zatoitchi
Ziggymom
zipcode52

A special shoutout to my Intel crew & the cat herders!

#Sitrep #Ingress #IngressReport #BlueLove #MidwestResistanceDoesItBest #ACrayCrayProduction #
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So... I guess there was an Ingress anomaly last weekend? :-D

I just remember spending the weekend with a whole city full of my friends... some from home that I go to every anomaly with... some that I only see at anomalies and maybe a few times in between... some that I spent many long nights talking to during shards and finally met in person in Ann Arbor... and some that I met for the first time this weekend or in the run-up to the weekend. Ann Arbor... it was great! I'll be back, for the banner missions I didn't get to this time and to see more of the city without a scanner in my face.

I can't begin to thank everybody that I should, so I'm not gonna even try. There are a few special mentions who can't escape, though... +Marinda Darnell and +Barry Faust... you were the best co-leads I could have asked for. Team India thanks you. +Katie Ronar, I'd have no A2 banners without you (not to mention no hotel room keys for Thursday night!)!!

And to the guys that I spent waaaaay too much time in Hangouts/Discord/Zello with in the two weeks before the anomaly (you know who you are)... it was downright weird not talking to you all every night this week (though actually sleeping was kinda nice).

(Also, thanks to the photographers whose pix I borrowed... I forgot to take many...)

#ingresslife #blueteambestteam #whyiingress #teamindia #HEYWEWON #annarborwillbeblue #midwestdoesitbest #itbeginsandendsindexter
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D'awwwwww... kitteh!
“When your kitten printer runs out of ink midway…”
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OP: Jacquie
1/28/17

So first there was Giftwrap, and we had a bunch of Seymour keys left, and I said “We should use this line again some day.” Then there was a perfectly innocent meeting for dinner in Marion. Being me, I left a path of destruction from Indy all the way to the restaurant (there’s not much open in Marion on a Sunday night, btw) and, being them, Sofakat and HostileSpider did the same on their way from Ft. Wayne. Apparently local frogs took note and were a bit perturbed that Sofakat and TollerMom were in the same place (because clearly we’d be making that much noise if we were up to shenanigans, right??). Besides, who cuts a lane through Marion, anyway? That’s just silly. (Famous last words, right?) But… but… what if you did want to cut a lane through Marion? What would you do with it, and why? Hmmm… if we went here… and there… gee, that would line up nicely with (you guessed it)... Seymour! And it would be a little bigger than Giftwrap, so more million-MU layers! Shiny! Oh, what the heck… let’s do it! Keys were farmed and moved, people were recruited, and Op: Jacquie was born. "Why midnight?" my crew asked... "Ummm... because I don't sleep, ever, and because I don’t want to cut through Marion in the middle of the day?" was about the best answer I could give them.

But even at midnight, in the cold, Indiana RES comes out to play. Some of them went way out-of-area to just sit and wait to drop one blocker. Others went and sat with nothing to do, just in case. The north lane crew picked up last-minute additions when @0674 and @Mrs0674 showed up in Marion and got scooped into the op. That team burned such a pretty path through the middle of Marion and the surrounding area... I'm not sure you could have picked a more ENL-dense section of the state to clear... and it just was a beautiful thing to watch.

While the north lane crew was laying waste to Marion, the other agents were sneaking up on targets on the east and west lanes and just waiting. And then the word came... the north lane was clear and we could throw. All the other blockers fell, the outside layer went up, and I breathed a sigh of relief and settled in to watch the rest of the Seymour line light up and the fields come online. 18 layers up before midnight! W00t! Unfortunately, an Enlightened agent made record time down to Seymour and managed to get five layers down before checkpoint, but we still put almost 16m MU to checkpoint!

Stats:

Layers: 18
MU per layer: 1.2m
Total MU thrown: 21.98m
Total MU to CP: 15.9m (13 layers)
Badges: 2 Onyx Illuminator

Supreme Overlord (don't ask... it's in his contract):
+Jarome Allen

Anchor Teams:
+Hoss Bosley
+Shanna Jenkins
+Geoff Estes
+Jen Schmetzer
+Eric Thomas
+David Huang -- Onyx Illuminator
+Jeffrey Lebowski -- Onyx Illuminator
+Jay DeRue
+Shari S

Support:
0674
AirplaneGuy737
Ba1r0g
BassMaster1963
BCFirestar
bigmaggie
[redacted]
cntrlwiz
DrTookie
Dysturbie
flowerhopper
heeelloooonurse
IamNotHer
Katablue
KnoxYouOut
Lateralus462
MoustacheYouAQ
Mrs0674
Pasquatch
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roha257
Silverhawk1
SinisterKitt3n
Sofakat
Sosshin
steelersrule
Superluminosity
Tbone54
toethumb
WuTangSammich
XxGrimtasticxX

The entire Indiana team rocked this op. I'm proud to be a member of this team. Also, I was lucky enough to have an absolutely awesome IO team. They can be my eyes any time! Let's do it again!!

#sitrep #bigbluetriangles #awesomesauce #indianaresistance #BAF #RGNN #IngressReport

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Has it only been two years? Has it already been two years???

My two-year Ingressversary snuck past while I wasn't paying attention.

I look at my scanner today and I don't see the badges and the AP and the MU and the levels... I see the people and the places and the events. I see the road trips to New Orleans, Orlando, St. Louis and Chicago for anomalies. The last-minute road-trip to Cincinnati for Disturbed. First Saturday road trip in the snow to Grand Rapids. Thanksgiving and Christmas spent with people I can't believe I've known less than two years...

And mostly I see the people... not just Resistance and Enlightened... not just Smurfs and Frogs... but people who make my life better. People who'd still be part of my life, even if Ingress ended tomorrow.

Two years ago, I tried this game as a way to start walking more. I had no idea where it was going to lead.

#whyiingress   #ingressversary   #myingressfamily  
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This is the "parent" op that I hung my Indy "Giftwrap" op beneath. I've watched Jarome fly so many fields over the last year, and I've asked a million questions and he's patiently answered them all. I had a blast working with him on this... both during the planning and lead-up to Sandra and the rather hasty run-up to Giftwrap after he said "There's this lane somebody should take advantage of..." and I kinda became the "somebody" when nobody else volunteered.

He'll probably try not to admit it, but he's a good teacher. Thanks, Jarome!
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