So, I’ve been in the hobby for almost three years and I’ve dove head first. Like many of us. I’ve built up a nice collection through buying/trading/selling etc. Well, my best friend loves pinball as much as I do, but he just can’t financially afford to buy one right now. He absolutey loves playing my machines and always talks about owning one, someday. He’s a great guy. He helps me clean and upgrade my games occasionally just because he’s a great friend and he just loves everything to do with pinball, like myself. So, for his birthday, I wanted to do everything I could to get him a pinball machine. I saved up some extra cash and a very nice seller worked with me on a good price for Cleopatra, which was in very nice shape. I went and picked it up Cleopatra and brought it home. The next day, I invited him over and showed him my next pinball machine I wanted help cleaning and upgrading. I asked him why he thought I wanted his help. Then I told him “because this is YOUR pinball machine brother! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!”. I’ve never seen my best friend cry. Ever. Well, he did this day and it was AWESOME! Pay it forward my friends. Life is short. At the end of the day, money and these machines really don’t mean anything. It’s about the relationships we build and just living life.
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