You know that feeling when you're not prepared to for your exam, and your teacher starts to pass out the test; you just sit there waiting...and then it reaches you...
EOS, whats that?
Coils, Solenoids, Leaf Switches- OH MY!
That's kind of what its like to own a pinball machine for the first time. Admttingly, I went into pinball ownership a bit prematurely- but, I wanted to dive in and get my hands dirty! Much to the dismay of my wife, I found a machine that was inside my price range and (what I thought) was only a quick trip from our house. The machine was a Grand Lizard and it was at a guys house about 4 hours away. We left early on a Saturday morning, figuring I would be home well before dinner! Once we got there, after many pitstops, I realized that there was more to pinball that just flipping a switch and playing. As the very informative, now previous, owner began to explain and open the machine- I thought to myself "whoa, that's a lot more parts than I realized!"
He helped me pack it in the back of my pickup truck, I added some furniture pads and strapped her down. For extra safety, I threw a tarp over top and bungeed everything together. Back on the road, I checked my mirrors every 6.7 seconds to make sure nothing moved; I avoided every bump I could, I even kept my speed to 55mph...just in case. As we neared home, about 30 minutes away, a storm was brewing DUN DUN DUN! I was panicking, traffic was moving slow, my wife was getting pretty upset that this $1600 "toy" that I had to have was going to get ruined. As the rain began, my only thought was "Great, I'm for sure screwed." Now 8pm, we have been on the road all-day, and we are 10 minutes from home- my wife is pissed that everything is getting wet and I am beyond frustrated. We arrive home, and as I back into the garage, I'm just hoping that I can get someone to help me move this into the basement. I call my neighbor and he is thankfully able to help. Bonus...the rain stops. He comes by and I kinda forgot how heavy this sucker was! We begin to carry it down the stairs, I bashed my hand on the molding of the door... F#&$
After we get everything inside and the legs put back on, I plug in the machine and hear that sound for the first time in our home! It's 9pm and our son jump up on a stool and says "LET'S PLAY!"...everything up to that point is now totally worth it! We played for about 10 minutes and then it was DEFINITELY time for bed. I lay in bed that night and was so excited to begin this awesome new hobby...little did I know just how involved and comlex owning a pinball machine was!