When I was growing up in the mid 1970's, there was a kid named Keith who lived just up the road. His dad had a pinball machine in their house. I don't know for sure, but I think that was a pretty rare thing back then. I mean, this was back when Pong was still newish. A pinball machine? It was awesome for a kid. Flash forward to my teen years, and while my peers were into Pole Position, Dig Dug, Centipede, and the like, I would always play the pinball machines. The skating rink, the mall's arcade, whatever. Then, late 80's/early 90's, while in the service, I'd play PinBot at the club on base. Frankly, I was never really good. But, man, I dug playing. Then, after college, a work colleague had an Evel Knievel pinball machine in his den. I coveted his pinball machine. I wanted one too.
However, I was into cars and guitars. I have a replica Shelby Cobra project underway, probably about 20% done, and a guitar & amp collection which includes some darn nice ones. Cars and guitars are enough, and attempting to talk the spouse into another pricy hobby wasn't a path I wanted to go down. But, the guitar collection is pretty much at it's limit. Same with the amps. Heck, I probably need to thin that herd. I've even built 2 guitars and 4 amps under my imaginary brand name of Mach5 Amps. The Cobra build is just work at this point, with only minor purchases required to finish. So, I'm maybe 5-10 years from retirement, and needing a new hobby. I gave it a shot (talking to my wife about a pinball machine for the house). And, she was in. Awesome!
So, now I've got my first pin on it's way. I hope anyway. I got the e-mail that it had shipped, but haven't received any further details in a few days. But, regardless, I'm completely stoked. Excited. Thrilled. Can't wait. And, oh yeah, I'm planning all kinds of stuff to go along with it. Mods. Decor around the room. I think my wife may regret this decision. But, if she's up for it, maybe I'll find a "car" one to put next to AC/DC. Cars and Guitars. And pinball. It'll make an awesome basement.
Now, to figure out how to incorporate a topper design around this, when it's hung on the wall above the pin...