I've always loved pinball. My first regular game was in a friend's basement when I was in 5th grade. It was a circus theme EM machine with a bunch of drop targets in the center. I have been unable identify it (not for lack of trying).
I played almost every day in college. The student union at NDSU had pool tables and an arcade. That was my after dinner haunt. The games I recall were Firepower, Black Knight, and Split Second. I also put time on Mrs. Pac Man, Galaga, and Tempest.
Since then I would drop a quarter in most machines I would come across. But didn't seek out a game. Until recently that is. For some reason the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic rekindled my love for pins. Of course I couldn't play other than pinball fx on my ps4. But i discovered pinside and am now about to purchase my first home pin. Still trying to decide what to get. But I am certain pinball will make a great retirement hobby.