I've tried owning games, but they were either too expensive or too broken for my tastes, lack of time, and lack of repair interest at this time.
I'm fortunate enough to have a route near me, with games that are in passable condition. Most of the folks on this board aren't this lucky or have circumstances that motivate ownership.
As a result, I'm mostly about playing, and enjoy competing. I help run IFPA tournaments in my local area as of August 2014.
I'm an oddity on Pinside.
Ping me if you want to discuss flipper skills though!