I was sitting at the bar of the Highwater Tavern in my hometown Fairport Harbor Ohio enjoying a bud lite and the luch special free range chicken parmesan and garlic bread. I was dejected because after checking the pinside map I had come to the sad sad reLIZATION THAT fAIRPORT HARBOR WAS A BARREN pinball wasteland. Gone were the classic old EM pinball machines I was weaned on at Rich's Lanes Bowling Emporium. And no longer could i drop in at Mr G's hamburgers or the Fairport News and mostly naughty magazine storre to pound out a game or three of pinball on classics such as Fireball. Just as I got up to leave I noticed a dark dark corner of he room and there stood a familair boxy shape. Could it be ? I walked over for closer look. Yes indeed it was a pinball machine. ANd not just any machine. It was a good N. A modern destined to be classic. It was Lord of the Rings !. Wow ! "You've got a pinball machine!" I proclaimed to no one in particular. "Yep" responded the barmaid drolly. "Does it work" I inquired. "It sure does!" responded a woman at the bar. She was a player, i cold just tell. "well that's great, and I'll be back." I pledeged as I headed for the door. But I will be back for sure . And ain't it just wonderful?. Good old Fairport Harbor is not a pinball wastelandafter all. Not today and hopefully never. Long Live Pinball and God Bless America !