The ultimate plunge I thought to myself, finally going over the deep end on Pinside. I begin browsing the various topics posted on the main forums looking for some type of connection to other pinball enthusiast. My pinball hobby now gone from isolationist to all out into the open; I knew this day would eventually come. I commented on various topics that I felt compelled to comment on and eventually I came to a topic about Pinball Secrets. Not secrets like how to drop catch without bouncing the ball but just secrets around pinball in peoples lives. Some post were humerous some serious, some seriously humerous. As I read more I wanted to post something and contribute but thought "Eh I don't really have any secrets around pinball, at least none that I would tell if had anyway". Then later that evening I would be tinkering around in the garage and unexpectedly the midnight madness bell chimed on my GBLE. I thought "Hell yeah, time to go to work and I did. I dropped my quarters in and just as I plunged my ball the game went dead, restarted and Midnight Madness was on!
As the silver orbs slung themselves from jack pot to jackpot I thought " I cant beat RTB's MM score!" RTB is my younger brother Ryan he was born in 86. Hes an awesome guy, really into RC Trucks, fishing, camping, offroading basically anything outdoors. So to get him to love and appreciate my indoor hobbies means a lot to me. I realized in my drunken multiball frenzy- "You cant beat his score because you've already beat his MM score a few months ago, but you put his initials in instead of yours, just so he would always be MM champion on your GB". And during all this multiball madness its at this moment my eyes begin to well up and tear. I think back on how much of a dick I was to this guy growing up and how he knows it- that I feel bad for being that way to him. I know he forgives me, but often dont feel I deserve it. Thinking about those years back, I ponder about him dealing with my oppression, me not speaking up for him in high school when I should have, roughing him up as a grade schooler and so on.
Back at GB the midnight madness is still going on strong and the PKE meter is off the chart, 3 extra balls and 80 ghost trapped later I drain my last ball. Zedmore exclaims over the speakers that I have done an excellent job and am the new Midnight Madness champion. Zedmore doesnt know though. He doesnt know about the night Ryan was helping me fix Zeds broken-ass ecto goggles (holo target). The night when we got finished fixing them, Ryan was around for GB pinball and the Midnight bell rung loud and proud. I said to him "Step up, its all yours buddy." When he finished his game that night he eagerly put his initials into my machine. And so it is the same for this night. For being the awesome, forgiving guy that he is, my brother RTB will always be Champion of Midnight Madness on my GB LE. Its a secret I like to keep, along with the one about being a jerk to him growing up. So keep it to yourselves :)