I live in a location pinball black hole. The only location with anything is a dive of a pizza bar with only one pinball machine which is in a very sorry and barely playable state. As a pinball fan its very depressing.
This weekend my wife and I went on a pinball road trip of sorts. We had sold our classic KISS to a family about 30 minutes outside of Pismo and I agreed to deliver it (I'm always up for a road trip). Delivering the game we found them to be extremely friendly and I was thrilled to hear their young sons were big time into pinball and actually preferred Bally solid state games. We stayed and chatted plus played some pinball before heading out. I left very happy that my game went to a family that not only enjoyed playing but had young kids who enjoyed playing.
While it was close enough for a turnaround trip we stayed the night in San Luis Obispo. After finding a location on the pinside map with 5 games listed, in the morning we decided to check it out. The place was named Lincoln Market and Deli and was pretty much just that. The food and sandwiches looked great plus there were some interesting food items on the shelves. Along thr back wall was a great row of pins. They had Elvira Scared Stiff, Midevil Madness, Theater of Magic, Gillihans Island, and T2.... all set for 50 cents per play!!
We played there for about 3 hours. At first it was just my wife and I. Soon though a young family had come in and were playing with their kids and another college age guy. While taking a break and eating our sandwiches he came over and joined us (there are only like 3 tables in this place) and we started chatting. Turns out he has been playing pinball for only a week or so, having been introduced by some of his friends who were on their way to play today. He had come in early to get some practice in.
All I can say is wow, what an amazing time. Seeing several young kids getting into pinball, living breathing location pinball and brand new enthusiasts had me leaving feeling very positive. What a refreshing and encouraging weekend.