I was a video game kid. Atari was a part of my youth. I started with arcades in 2009. After discovering I did not enjoy monitor repair, it became less enjoyable. I decided to get my first pin, a NIB Stern Spider man in October 2010 for my 40th birthday. I was hooked from day 1. Now I have 5 in the game room, one in the "shop" (referred to by my wife as the garage). As of Jan 2012, Wizard of Oz is paid for and awaiting completion.
I have been lucky in my pinball travels. I have been to the PHOF in Las Vegas twice and met Tim Arnold, a really great guy for the hobby. My son and I made a launch party for Tron in Dallas and he won a small prize that made him feel like a giant. I also made it to the Pacific Pinball Museum this fall (my avatar picture). This spring will be my first festival, the 2012 Texas Pinball Festival.
A few friends and I have started a fledgling pinball club in Northwest LA, the ArkLaTex Pinball Club. If you are anywhere near and would like to join us to play, trade, or just share our love for pinball, please say hello.
I'm starting a pinball Mecca list of my travels :)
05/2010 Pinball Hall of Fame
10/2011 Pacific Pinball Museum
12/2011 Pinball Hall of Fame
03/2012 Texas Pinball Festival
06/2010 Pinballz Arcade Austin
10/2012 Stern Tour in Chicago
10/2012 Houston Area Arcade Expo
12/2012 Pinball Hall of Fame
03/2013 Texas Pinball Festival
11/2013 Houston Arcade Expo