Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.
Just for clarification, despite my pinside name, I am not affiliated in anyway with the SDTM show (which is great) or the team. I picked it because it illustrates my struggles as quite possibly the worst pinball player on planet earth, especially given my love for it. Well, I am sure there is a child in new guinea somewhere that has never played pinball before that I could school in a game of BSD, but, that is only if he has two house balls. I wish you could change your username to prevent any potential confusion, but I can't.
I began life on this rock with a penchant for anything electronic. Pong? I played it and it was a fixture in our home till we finally "upgraded" to the Atari 2600 and every home console after that it seems. I went to school, and I did well, but it was just a necessary evil that took time away from some high score or challenge that I was chasing. I took over a small family business and I continue to find that being a hurdle to my passions, but I do it well I am told. Besides pinball, I love motorcycles, dogs, videogames, F1 Racing and the St. Louis Blues.
I am now 41 years young. I act like a person a quarter of my age usually and I fortunately have a significant other that not only embraces my ways, but encourages it. I have a young son who is too much like I was for my comfort level, but he is smarter, more handsome and better at most everything than I am. I couldn't be more thankful.
The first game I remember playing was fireball at a seedy KOA campground in SE Missouri many moons ago. I would alternate between plopping quarters in it and playing Berzerk the arcade game while my parents tried, in vain, to get me outdoors by camping. As long as there was a gameroom and I could commandeer quarters, I was in my happy place.
My pinball-at-home addiction started with a Getaway. I look back and think I should have went into something slightly more cost conscious like space travel or quantum physic research but here I am. Like a lot of pinheads out there HS2 was my gateway drug. I still play it a lot and I still suck at it but I can't see ever parting ways with it. It is like the girl you "dated" first. Only you can keep this girl in your house, and when you get bored with your current, you can go back and give her another go here and there. I can't decide which road leads to more maintenance, but I am guessing I picked the lesser of two evils. My collection continues to grow (the pins, not women of course). I am not wooed by the bells and whistles of the latest Sterns for some reason thankfully. I do lust after Wizard of Oz, but most of my taste is nostalgia based. I love the community and the people I have met playing pinball. It is why I am here.
I am not well versed enough yet to offer any knowledge that several hundred users on pinside can't, but I look forward to the day when I can contribute something. In the meantime, I will enjoy the opinions, the camaraderie and priceless knowledge that is so common here.