So my name is Tommy Skinner, and this is my Pinball Story. I came into the hobby only 4 years ago, but it feels as if it has never not existed for me. It is truly difficult to remember the time before pinball was such a major part of my life. What did I do with the hours I now spend on Pinside, playing pinball, fixing pinball, buying or selling pinball, recording a pinball podcast, streaming pinball gameplay, or now even occasionally writing about pinball? Well I suppose I used to keep exotic fish, and sometimes play videogames, and I probably worked out a bit more, but none of those things have brought me the joy that pinball has. I followed the typical pinhead path and added one game with no room for a second…that soon became 15 games with no room for a second, but I have made it work. I went from joining a league and sucking to eventually winning it for a season. I now run the Lafayette Pinball League, our 3rd Tuesday Monthly Tournament, and the Lafayette Pinball Super-Selfie League. I have also hosted at least two larger tournaments per year over the last two years as well. I record This Flippin Podcast with my friend Taylor Reese every two weeks, and I try to stream at least one of my pinball machines weekly on our Twitch channel again This Flippin Podcast. I’ve gotten to meet a ton of amazing people in the hobby, and even got to interview my pinball idol in John Trudeau. Again the most important thing in this hobby for me has been that it makes me happy, and that I have met so many cool individuals. Hoping this stays a large part of my life for a long time to come.