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Pokémon Nicknames: Koffing and Weezing

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Koffing ( in Japanese: ドガース  “Dogars”) is a poison-type Pokémon.

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You don’t look addicting at all dear girl. Perhaps there would be no harm in trying it out once or twice.

It evolves into evolves into Weezing (in Japanese: マタドガス  “Matadogas”) when it reaches level 35, where it remains a poison type. Currently, there is not a mega-evolution for Weezing however..

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I like to name this Pokémon “LA Smog”. I sometimes just name them “Los Angeles”  after the famously polluted California city. Some players have named a Koffing “New York” and the evolved Weezing “LA” because they are both polluted cities. Los Angeles’ smog is much worse than any east coast city, as southern California in general, and the Los Angeles basin in particular have a unique physical geography which creates temperature inversions which trap air pollution in place.

It may be fun to create a whole Koffing/Weezing team, and name them after world cities which have the worst air pollution. Beijing, Mexico City, etc.

Perhaps “L.A. Woman” after the famous Doors song.

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Speaking of California and smog — and weezing: The band called Weezer has this new song called “California Kids.” There is a haze for sure.

Monoxide” might be a good name – particularly for the single ball Koffing — as carbon monoxide is the greatest air pollutant by weight in our urban areas.

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which will damage your brain. When Koffing evolves – change it to “Dioxide.

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Kids, DO NOT SMOKE. Cigarette smoke contains a chemical which will give you brain damage.

I might prefer names like “Ozone” or “Oh-Three”. The worst part of photo-chemical smog is ozone gas ( O3 or three atoms of oxygen).

“Ball-of-Gasl” or “Gas-Bag” may also be appropriate. Think of TV gasbags like the Keith Olbermann. … or just name it “Olbermann” and assume that the opponent knows that you infer a poisonous gas-bag Pokémon.

Who is your favorite poison gas-bag?

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A playful name for weezing might be “Weezy” or “Louise” after the famous character “Weezy Jefferson” from the great 1970s hit sitcom: “The Jeffersons”.

What would you name your smokey orbs? Please comment!

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References and Resources:

http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.serebii.net/

http://pkmn.net/?action=rater

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Mr. Floyd R. Turbo comments on Atsuko Maeda’s “chick flick”video

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Dear Readers: Today I am going to turn my blog over to that cantankerous Nebraskan Mr. Floyd R. Turbo.  Please enjoy his editorial comments on (what he calls)  Atsuko Maeda’s “chick flick” video.  Mr. Turbo has developed into somewhat of an “AKB Historian” recently, and Acchan was his favorite.  As Mr. Turbo puts it: “She has gams like a gazelle”.  Old dudes like us, are always clinging to the past.  The song is “You’re My” – lyrics by Yasushi Akimoto.  Lyrics from Stage 48 are available here.  Mr. Turbo, you are on …

My wife is always dragging me to these Romantic Comedies.  I watched this Atsuko Maeda music video instead. because I was told that it compacts an entire two-hour long“chick flick” movie into a short 7-minute music video.  There are no subtitles, but everything is understandable through body language and context. I had been to Japan during the war, so I can understand a little.  Anyone can still follow the story.

The video begins with a happy young man (played by actor Suruga Taro) at an amusement park with his family.  While his wife takes the kid for a ride, the young father sits on a bench and chain smokes.  I love it when the hero smokes.  He begins to reflect on his life, blows smoke-rings around airplanes, and for some reason begins reminiscing about an old girlfriend/partner he had in his younger days when he attempted to be a comedian. The story is told in a flashback.

Atsuko Maeda plays a young woman “Nabeko” that wants to be a comedic performer.  She has a puppet show act.  At an improv group practice, she meets, and teams up with our smoker protagonist.  After getting “sh*t faced”  together (he does not take advantage), the two decide to become a TEAM.  Now it is very important to see the comedy duo will live together as a TEAM as they hone their act. Not as a COUPLE however.  Strictly business — strictly platonic.

In fact, the Atsuko character has a slew of boyfriends that come into her life as our hero continues to work on the comedy act with Atsuko.  It finally dawned on me that this montage of  men shown with Atsuko were her one-after-the-other boyfriends.  She changes boyfriends and changes hairstyles.  It must have been tough for our tobacco-using hero to put up with this.  Note: This is the type of thing you have to deal with when you are “close friends” with a woman that is not exactly a girlfriend.  Some of the boyfriends are OK, some are idiots, but you can never say anything.  He remains her loyal friend and partner, never taking advantage of the living situation.

One night … well … you know what happens.

The night of the big contest finally arrives!  The crowd appears to like our team! Will they win the top prize and go on to successful careers?

Well, it sure is not a “Hollywood Ending” — and that is what I like about it.  Is it a “happy ending”?  Maybe.  Maybe things have turned out for the best.

Notes: There is pretty liberal use of tobacco products in the video.  No way would this ever be shown in a politically-correct  American music video.  This music video features a chain-smoking Asian guy … as if you would ever really see that.  What is so bad about cigarettes anyway?  “All cigarettes now carry the Surgeon General’s warning label. Who is this ‘surgeon general’ anyway?  Did anyone ever see him? I don’t trust any ‘surgeon’ who becomes a ‘general’, he may remove my hemorrhoids with a hand grenade!”

Thank you Mr. Turbo.  You may also view this video on Jpopsuki at the link here.  This starlight took eighteen months to reach my world.

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