OK, had to adjust, I think I had too much swearing. Hey all, this prob will be rated higher than PG because I like to say #$% and f#$%in' a lot. Like the pinside community is pretty friggin' awesome. Is this gonna be too long? I hope you don't fall asleep reading. I also talk too much, and probably a shitty story teller. Man, i've waited to make a write up to maybe show how far i've progressed and maybe tell my pin-tale.
Kinda starts out years before I wa a pinhead, but years after I had played my last pinball machine. I chucked some quarters in the very early 90's in the pins and arcades in the small, dank,. dark room porch area off to the side of my local corner store. I loved being able to try to get a free game, and play some SFII. I was born in '77, so for me I hit the jackpot for being of an age to get into consoles in the mid-late 80's and being able to play some all time classics in the arcade in the my early teens. I was never a big arcade kid, but what a decent place to hang and spend a bit of money. I was always too cheap to toss ALL of my money into an arcade, as it was normal for me to rent the newest movie I could and have a little left over for a treat.
Around 2010-12 I was looking at pinballs if there was ever any on kijiji (canadian craigslist) and one I saw was a Star Trek (STTNG) and it was for sale or trade. I thought, hmm, I have a snowmobile that I havent been using, maybe I can offer that up. I made an offer to see it it was decent value swap, I got basically NO, you dumbass, trade for another pin. Me.....ohhhhhhh, okay, well, then how much to buy, they said $1800, HOLY WOW, Eighteen hundred for a pinball machine?!?!! Wow, Kevin, you have just been priced out of owning a pinball machine.......Well, I hadn't really thought about it for a few years but it was still in the very back of my shallow mind. So, around '14 I started peeking again online to se if there weas any for sale, I'd se a few here and there, and I see a Fish Tales for sale in Regina, $4200, wowza.... OK, I'm older, wiser, (well, maybe not) and have a bit more money now. I'll see what I can get, tried making an offer, didn't pan out (my cheapness following me around or what) I was heading to Edmonton for my sons spring hockey tourney... I scoured kijiji Edmonton, I find one, another Fish Tales for sale in Sherwood Park, make a verbal deal, $3200. I didnt know what the fuck I was getting into. Picked it up and drove it home. Put it on a wood box in the garage, left the legs off. Root through it, got the glass off, holy shit... progress. Figure I find myself a list of things to buy and i'll ge this thing tip-top. Buy bulbs, a couple plastics that were broken, some novus products, no idea what i'm doing. I figured I was breaking the thing lifitng the playfield, but MAN was that a nice thing, I can get UNDER the playfield? this'll be easier. Get it going, LOVE IT, play it a bunch, have the boys over, pinball/beers, this is great! WHOA, pin for sale in my hometown. It was on FB buy and sell page, buy it as fast as I could, I knew it was a good deal as I paid their posted price of $300. Had someone pick it up for me, there, #2, shit's getting real folks. Now I see another in the town I live, F2K two streets down, make a deal. nNow, I really must know what the fucks going on as I'm now taking very mech and part apart and cleaning, spricing them up, now I have have some nice tuned up pins that play well.
I buy a couple more here and there, sell a few more here and there. I may have this figured out. Maybe NOT, well, shit I so a full restore on my Fish Tales, clear the PF, re0do the cabinet, full everything right down to the bone. Well, that took a frigg year, WTF am I doing? It turned out unreal and I believe I have a beautiful pin on my hands, it's still my baby. I don't think I'd ever be into a NIB pin. E....V....E....R. I'm telling the wife one night as i'm a pretty decent Rick and MOrty fan, if someone ever comes out with a R&M pin, I may have to buy it, that would be unreal. Well, no less then a month later, out of fucking nowhwere, Rick and Morty announced from Spooky. I say to the wife, WTF am I gonna do here, this is unreal, this is SO MUCH MONEY, she says to me.... If it makes you happy, buy it, figure it out. OMG. ( i love you Jen) I took possession of my R&M in June, never looked back, I love it, I love soooo much that is pinball. I have friends that I text weekly, daily, jeez, who knows, Still never met them, but they arw my friends. We toss ideas at each other and ask opinions...... ALOT. I've now had a few EM's, fixed, cleaned up and moved them to new homes, bought a few SS's, sold a few, no regrets, which is cool, I thought i'd have a MASSIVE hangup being able to sell, but I like moving things to new homes. I think I like working on pins more than I like playing, but I think i've slowly got to be a pretty decent player in the last couple years.
Well, onward and upward, hope you enjoyed my weak assed story, I can seriously only imagine it sounds like every single pin buyer ever, with my start and pin-gression as the few years have passed. I enjoy being around you all here, and I hope to meet many, many more of you in person soon. Beer and pinballs, sweetness.
Peace out PINHEADS!!