I played pinball every chance I could get once the appeal of arcade games wore off. I would go to a place called Alladdins Castle at White Lakes Mall in Topeka, Kansas. I played mostly arcades initially but occasionally I played pinball. Nothing stood out until I was older and played The Adam's Family pinball at West Ridge mall. I dropped enough money to have bought it twice. I never conceived I could have just payed for one of these games and brought it home.
Then I fell out of the arcade scene and started spending my time playing tabletop games, but i always held pinball in high regard, and dreamed that I would own one, one day.
Then when Ebay became a great place to shop, I would glance at the machines that came up on it, but I would never pull the trigger. I did buy a Bally pinball repair manual, and slowly forgot about it after reading through it. This was ny version of starting small, dreaming big.
Fast forward to 2020, in March I ordered my first game a Gottlieb The Amazing Spiderman. I received it in August after work was done on it, but I still could not play, because in that time frame we had decided to move. The move took several months, and we are in October now, I finally got to open it, put the legs on it, attach the head, and plug it in. It was beautiful, I started playing, and ten minutes in the solenoid on the drop down target froze, burnt up, and smoke started appearing underneath the glass. Thankfully my wife was watching and asked "smokes not normal, is it" as she pointed it out.
Well that led me to find a local repair guy, who helped me out and is selling me my second pin, that he is fixing up for me, a Stargate. I bought the WWF Rumble a week later. And just ordered a Monster Bash from Flip N Out, who has been amazing to deal with. The Monster Bash should hopefully be here next week before Christmas. It has been a wild and fast ride, and I am looking forward to seeing where this takes me. And just a reminder to myself of how I started small by buying one manual, and then went nuts.