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“Pay it Forward”

By Jimmyhonda

August 01, 2019


1 year ago

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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Comments

1 year ago

Cleopatra’s a great game with beautiful artwork. Consider yourself lucky with that hard to find title. I have the EM version and it’s one of my all-time-favorites in my collection! Love the game rules and fast action game play of this great Gottlieb classic!

1 year ago

This brought a tear to me eye! This is the kind of thing we are supposed to do for each other. I am really happy for the both of you. Good job! Good to know there are still good people in this crazy world of ours.

1 year ago

Dude, that's awesome!!!

1 year ago

Great story!

1 year ago

Way to go.
I have the Solid State Cleo.

1 year ago

Wowzers. And that condition too! Very nice gift. One of my favourite games (I have a SS one as well)

1 year ago

Thats awesome!

1 year ago

That's awesome. Way to go!

1 year ago

What a dude! Great work!

1 year ago

Nice!

1 year ago

Way to go Jimmy! Your friend is lucky to have you. Great story.

1 year ago

Very cool. That machine will mean more to him then any pin he will ever play again.

1 year ago

Dude you are an amazing friend!!!

1 year ago

Way to go jimmy that is fantastic

1 year ago

Great story and moral regarding friendship/relationships over money. Thanks for setting the example for the rest of us to follow!

1 year ago

Great story and that is what pinball is all about!

1 year ago

Sweet

1 year ago

What a great story of friendship and pinball!

1 year ago

Inspiring! Thanks for sharing this with us Jimmy. Rock on.

1 year ago

True friendship is a rare gift, great story!

12 months ago

Dude...
Isn't that really the essence of the pinball community? Yeah, one "douchbag" out of a thousand....but on the WHOLE, an awesome group!
Like you, I started with one machine for the kids, and got the "bug". Now about 100 pins later, I've found what has been the real "joy of pinball" is the people you meet, the people you help, the people who help you, and what you pass on to others. I could not have survived without my friends who help with repairs, give advice, make the drive to Allentown show, tolerate the same stupid questions and mistakes (I've made tham all and invented new ones), and talk smack at a get together for beer, pizza and pinball, all with a smile and a laugh.
It's gotten to the point that the machines are less of a concern, that making someone happy, or providing a win-win scenario for both parties when trading, selling, or buying! Randon act of kindness...totally cool!

"On your deathbed you shall receive total consciousness"...so you'll have that going for you!
The Bally Lama
Tom

11 months ago

Jimmy, this was a fantastic story. I can really relate to your friend. I have been desperately saving up to buy a pinball machine. I created another account at a different bank. Whatever money I have left over at the end of the month, I put it into this account. Things keep coming up though. You know how life is. A couple days ago I had to spend $2300 on tree removal so it all went to that. But I am starting over. I know eventually I'll get one. This story gave me hope!

- Adam

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