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I’ve had a lot of lousy roommates over the years. In addition to run-of-the-mill layabouts and food moochers, I’ve had the displeasure of bunking with stinky people, angry people and at least one chronic masturbator. When he wasn’t grinding on his own lap, that last fellow at least helped grind my party through battle after tedious battle in Final Fantasy III.The absolute worst roommate, however, has to be my two-year-old son, Henry. He is messy. He cannot prepare a single meal for himself. He will collapse into a sobbing pile at the slightest provocation. And, he’s unable to help with even the simplest gaming task. He is a terrible Rock Band drummer. He is incapable of even driving in a straight line in Forza 3. If you need a second player, keep moving. H is worse than dead weight—he is actively bad at games. At least, he was until the latest batch of Pokemon games came out.Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver ship with the Poke Walker, a Pokeball shaped pedometer. When you sync the bundled device with the game, you can take your Pokemonsters for virtual walks. Your steps are converted into “watts,” which can be used to find items, discover other Pokemon and level up your indentured creatures. After watching H zip through the living room for the umpteenth time, I decided to plant the Poke Walker on him and turn him into a tiny dynamo.In a completely stunning move, my son completely redeemed himself. In two days, Henry amassed nearly 25,000 steps. To put that into context, the recommended daily activity for adults seeking to lose weight is 10,000 steps. It’s no wonder why he has an insatiable appetite for cookies—he’s like a miniature furnace. This little experiment made me look at my son in a whole new light. I certainly wouldn’t trust him to manage my Pokemon roster or take on one of the gym masters. I do, however, plan on slipping the Poke Walker into his pocket every morning and reaping the benefits at night. I’ve changed a lot of diapers. He owes me.
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This is great. I knew little kids would come in handy for something.
If you son reads this he will then want to know what a chronic masturbator is.
Judging from your blog post, I can tell that you love your son VERY much :-P
I need someone like your son! May I borrow him...just joking!
Lol, At least theyr good for something.
That's pretty funny. Very encouraging at the same time. Your son is not only getting to play video games, but is learning physical fitness at a very young age. As someone who is kind of a gym and health nut, I admire you for what you are doing for your son, and I hope that I am able to do something similar for my daughter when she gets a little bit older (she's only 14 months at the moment).
This was great! How cute!
I'm now considering buying the game simply so i have motivation to exercise. *facepalm* I'm ridiculous.
What's the word I'm looking for? Oh yeah...
25,000 steps?!? Egad! That child is a machine!
If only I could trust my 2-year-old cousin not to lose it, I would slap my Pokewalker on him right now. Such boundless energy needs to be harnessed!
Maybe you should try his exercise routine. XD
Simply way to beat the simple-ish game.
I was thinking about facing my niece in a battle once but I figured she was rich and she would kick my ass miserably.
Oh, c'mon. Raise your Pogeymans like a true man!!!
I would tape it to my cat, but then again she just sleeps all day and eats
Thats a good idea I think Ill put it on my dog
There aren't enough stars for me to give you Jeff.
Nice man. Truly. I have to agree with H.E. Pennypacker up there on the opinion that there are indeed far too few stars on which to bestow you with.
Your son is adorable and I think this is great. It is just one more thing to help kids get outside and get some exercise. Nice blog.