So I went on a patrol with a guy who doesn't want to be named, so I'll be calling him Potato. So Tater and I were just patrolling the 'burbs at this point. Nothing of import occurred. Nothing. I have the pictures to prove it.
What we have here is simply an unkempt backyard. Not too bad to start with.
Probably a broken mains pipe or something.
Someone needs to fix the pavement.
Because yes, even the sides of manholes can be graffiti'd.
Quite possibly the only picture of a pink sock on the internet that isn't NSFW. Also featuring a cameo from my leg.
The spelling error is rather irritating.
I don't have a clue what this is.
This is why we can't have nice things.
Because the base of a tree is definitely the place to throw your rubbish, especially when there's bins everywhere.
...I don't even know, man.
But yeah, that's all that we saw on patrol. Turns out, suburbia isn't the best place to look for crime in the sunny afternoon. /shrugs
So what did you learn while being Potato's sidekick? (Also, is it a rule that everyone must know someone at some point with the nickname of Potato? Cuz I think it might be.) How was it following instructions as you patrolled? What might you do differently when you are the Hero and someone is Sidekicking for you?
Well, I learned that being a Sidekick requires a lot less thought than being a Hero, because I just had to listen to what he had to say, and follow what he said. i.e. "Let's go over there", "Take a look at that" and also "Buy me lunch" etc.etc. Things I'd do differently? Go somewhere with an actual possibility of crimes that need to be stopped occurring. Or not, because, y'know, 'safety'.
SuperHero Alias: The Baron.
Powers: Teleport objects and entities through shadows.
Today I shadowed the Eagle. Our target was the anti-hero SourPuss. Her gadgets have a radiation fallout. My job was to handle the radiation in the last combat zone. Why? Eagle's got great powers (and a swanky hat) but also a sensitivity to radiation.
After removing the debris and searching for clues to SourPuss' latest hideout, it was time to bring in the scrubbers. There was quite a bit to remove.
The damage was contained; but unless the Eagle overcomes his long and complex history with SourPuss, I fear her vigilante actives will continue.
During my session I learned the key to being a good sidekick is asking, "What's the plan now?" For this mission, I was more of an Alfred than Robin. Polite suggestions are good, taking command is not. Eagle choose this mission (while taking my talents in mind), he also choose to let SourPuss continue to wander free. A sidekick supports the Hero. If they disagree, they should leave.
Well, nothing gets you work like experience.. But first you need the experience, so I had to head down to the latest recruiting drive to find a temp sidekicking gig.
I was lucky enough to get hired on by a hero that works out in the south west. Flannel-Man specializes countering ecological focused crimes. Not a lot of action, but good, important work.
Of course I had to provide my own transportation to his area of operation, but I did arrive on time.
What I was in for, as it turned out, was a long time out in the desert looking for signs of illegal dumping or hunting, or for anybody in need of assistance. This really meant following Flannel-Man around on his patrols of nowhere. At least the view was nice...
Flannel-Man had a decent setup, for a solo hero in the middle of nowhere. At least he got to wear blue. Since I was the sidekick, by uniform for the job was less colorful
But it was easier to clean, which I was grateful for after the ride back to base when the job was over.
WHen it was all over I did have a sense of accomplishment... because I had something on my Hero Resume...
grade: Two scenic vistas and the mournful wail of a lone coyote.