I'll admit, when Pocket Monsters first came to America, I bit. Back then, there was something unique and alluring about capturing weird animal-creatures, training them, battling and trading them. This was back in the day before wifi for handheld games, so there was also something social about it. You'd play the game, make opportunity cost-driven decisions (do I evolve my eevee into a flareon or jolteon [vaporeon was for wimps]), and then fill in the gaps by trading with other nerdy kids. While I can say those days are far behind me, there are still some who give in to what I can only call "the craze." I'm not going to name names, but being able to dominate a trivia packet with a Pokemon theme scares me mightily.
As the good Book says, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." So it should probably be with Pokemon, but each to his own. It's important to hold onto our childhoods, right? In that way, I still allow myself to laugh at Pokemon-related things. It's one such item that makes me appreciate Daniel Day-Lewis all the more. Now I need to watch There Will Be Blood.
'Til later, then.