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Getting Organized with EJS and Little Johnny

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    #151 7 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    I dealt craps at the Casino here in Windsor from 2000 (the year the casino got craps) until 2014! Fun to play and to deal!

    What happened in 2014? Different job I’m assuming.

    It’s really fun to play. I don’t know how you can do that math that fast let along keep track of everyone at a full table.

    I remember one time a dealer cleaned up the line after someone made a point and watching them replace everything was a shitshow.

    Aside from my house the nearest table is just over an hour and the one after that is an hour and 40 minutes and I don’t have that kind of free time anymore. I need to get brobra over for another session once these games clear out of the basement.

    #152 7 days ago

    This is the point Little Johnny would say “new page” so I’ll cover for him this time around.

    #153 7 days ago

    I thought this was a carriage bolt hack.

    Turns out it’s gum and someone painted right over it

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    #154 7 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    This is the point Little Johnny would say “new page” so I’ll cover for him this time around.

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    #155 7 days ago

    Next cabinet repaint

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    #156 7 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    I'd either recruit my family or Little Johnny to drive me around.

    I am not a morning person, and later in the day I am drinking beer and I don't drink and drive, but yeah, if you can arrive at the airport around 2pm most likely I could pick you up, with advance notice of course.

    I do have a spare vehicle, except I cancelled the insurance on it a few months ago.

    After the last round of property taxes on my houses I am trying to be as frugal as I can.

    On one hand it is nice that the houses have gone up in value, in case I wanted to sell any.

    But on the other hand, I do not want to sell any, anytime soon, so I wish the market would crash again to get the property taxes back down.

    It ticks me off that they cannot adjust their millage rates or whatever lower, instead of charging so much now.

    Confess I have thought about being a smartass, and going to the county and asking if they have a list of ways that I can decrease the value of my houses.

    I am just lucky that none of my houses are in any city limits, or that would be even more taxes.

    #157 7 days ago

    Just a random tip if you have a pinball machine that has a action button on top of the lockdown bar, that needs to be held sometimes for points:

    Hold the button with your chin, that way you can still see everything and be able to use both of the flippers also.

    I recently figured this out with Godzilla.

    I wish I had of thought of it back when I had the JJPOTC.

    Confess I do miss the JJPOTC, but I am not good at working on games, and I knew it would be a nightmare if certain areas ever needed a part replaced.

    That rocking upper playfield and then firing the cannon was very cool.

    TWD pro is still my favorite game, and I have had it the longest also, but so far, I have no plans of even thinking about getting rid of Godzilla. It is very good, and it looks like it would be easy enough to work on if ever needed.

    #158 7 days ago

    Just what you want to see at the beginning of the drive thru line. I don’t care I ordered anyway

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    #159 7 days ago

    It’s my lucky day! I found one small spot of original red!

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    Rest of the cabinet is ready to go

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    #160 7 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    It’s my lucky day! I found one small spot of original red!
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    Rest of the cabinet is ready to go
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    Confess no way I could do all that.

    I am used to buying NIB, and the only game I have bought in the last 20 years that was used is the Zombie League pitch and bat, and it was close enough to new.

    When I was younger, I did buy some used games, but none looked that rough.

    It is very awesome that you love restoring games, I just like to play them.

    Pretty sure the way you are going, you will always be very successful, and very wealthy.

    (Except for the working on people's games for a slice of pizza that you do sometimes).

    Hell, seems the going rate for a good pinball repair person is about 150.00 a hour around here.

    Confess I really hope someday you get tired of all that winter snow where you live and move here close to me.

    I would not take advantage of you, I will pay you good money and decent pizza!

    (Decent pizza being Pizza Hut, that is what we like anyway).

    #161 7 days ago

    My dad had cancer, it was June and I asked for time off. It was denied.
    It’s easy to keep track of the players. Each player has a rack in front of them that represents the place you put their bets on the numbers(your layout probably has the position marked). Come bets and put bets are basically the same. We were also pretty lucky because we had 10X odds so it was easy math for us! Clearing the table doesn’t happen that often. There is a supervisor sitting between the two sides of the table watching one as well as a Stick dealer watching the other. The dealers usually only listen to the sticks statement (6,6 no field 6 down behind in behind 6) (3 crap three, swallows the come spits in the field!) It usually happens to newer dealers. They watch the dice as opposed to watching their action. It can be pretty easily fixed if the cleared the bets properly. The only bets you have to memorize are the Don’t pass bets as they tend to show up after a 7 is rolled. The payouts are usually always the same so you don’t really do the full math too often. Only when you payout the Center action.

    Quoted from EJS:

    What happened in 2014? Different job I’m assuming.
    It’s really fun to play. I don’t know how you can do that math that fast let along keep track of everyone at a full table.
    I remember one time a dealer cleaned up the line after someone made a point and watching them replace everything was a shitshow.
    Aside from my house the nearest table is just over an hour and the one after that is an hour and 40 minutes and I don’t have that kind of free time anymore. I need to get brobra over for another session once these games clear out of the basement.

    #162 7 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    My dad had cancer, it was June and I asked for time off. It was denied.

    HELL NO!

    I am sorry that you ever had to deal with all of that.

    #163 7 days ago
    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

    Confess I really hope someday you get tired of all that winter snow where you live and move here close to me.

    Confess I really hope for a few snow days here this winter.

    The last few years we may have had 4 inches of snow that was gone within 24 hours, except shady areas still had a trace for a few days.

    I LOVE snow here for 2-3 days every now and then, other than that, snow = HELL NO!

    #164 7 days ago

    It's good to see the new page gospel spreading to other threads.

    #165 7 days ago
    Quoted from Lhyrgoif:

    It's good to see the new page gospel spreading to other threads.

    HELL YEAH!

    #166 6 days ago
    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

    Decent pizza being Pizza Hut,

    Hell No! That's not good pizza, sorry Johnny.
    So many mom and pop pizza shops in my neck of the woods with delicious pizza, cheesesteaks, hoagies, etc.

    #167 6 days ago
    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

    (Decent pizza being Pizza Hut, that is what we like anyway).

    I can't eat it. I break out in hives every time I eat one of their pizzas.

    LTG : )

    #168 6 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    I can't eat it. I break out in hives every time I eat one of their pizzas.
    LTG : )

    I have a digestive issue with anything from Perkins. Doesn’t matter if it’s a soda and a muffin or a meal. I first discovered it many years ago on my way back from Expo so I thought maybe it was a one off or regional thing. Nope. I was sorely mistaken….No pun intended.

    #169 6 days ago
    Quoted from Lhyrgoif:

    It's good to see the new page gospel spreading to other threads.

    Don’t be so shy around here either

    #170 6 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    My dad had cancer, it was June and I asked for time off. It was denied.

    That sucks in more ways than one.

    2010 was a similar and bad year for me.

    Major job change and relocation. Dad had cancer and so did my aunt. One survived one didn’t so I have that to worry about in my future. We have everything in the family history. That and my ma had a major leg injury that same year.

    #171 6 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    swallows the come spits in the field!

    I’ve heard a lot of good craps phrases before but haven’t heard that before.

    For those at home who are confused that’d be where the $5 bet loses and the $25 wins. This would only apply with a 2, 3 or 12 (during a point) unless …you have any other phrases where the field is paying more than even money with the hi lo.

    5X odds at the place closest to me.

    3,4,5 I believe by Iowa boarder….who do have a smalls talls and alls feature bet.

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    #172 6 days ago

    I haven’t seen the small stalls and alls bet as of yet.

    #173 6 days ago

    We had a regular we called big dog. He looked like an absolute bum. Dirty hair, shirt, shorts just looked terrible. We knew who he was but hardly anyone else did. He was literally a billionaire. He played $5000 working put bets on the come out roll with max odds(10x). He didn’t care if he won or lost just enjoyed playing the game. Didn’t want the host or shift manager around him. Just wanted to sit quietly. One day he set up his bets and rolled 7 like 10 times in a row on the come out! Took the last $1000 from his front line winners and gave us a tip! As he was walking away the security guard walked up and asked him to leave because he looked like a bum.

    #174 6 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    We had a regular we called big dog. He looked like an absolute bum. Dirty hair, shirt, shorts just looked terrible. We knew who he was but hardly anyone else did. He was literally a billionaire.

    I stopped wearing my gold years ago, because just not safe anymore.

    I try not to look like a bum, but I also try not to stand out as having any money.

    There are people out there that will kill you for $20.00.

    #175 6 days ago

    That is very very true!

    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:I stopped wearing my gold years ago, because just not safe anymore.
    I try not to look like a bum, but I also try not to stand out as having any money.
    There are people out there that will kill you for $20.00.

    #176 6 days ago
    Quoted from Zartan:

    That is very very true!

    Shit, they will kill people for looking at them in a way they perceive as offensive.

    #177 6 days ago

    At pinballplusMN for the Bears/Packers for whatever reason I don’t have a horse in this race….or any of them for that matter. Anyway.

    He has one bowl of tomato soup and cranks out all these displays (they come as a kit so you have to assemble yourself. Same goes with those power supplies)

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    #178 6 days ago

    Magic City cabinet is underway. Some shop out pics so where I know where stuff goes not that there’s much plus some paint removal.

    The shoddy paint job was layered on thick so I really had to go at it and take it down to the wood more than you normally would.

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    #179 4 days ago

    I don't get out much anymore. Let alone get out to play pinball. Hell, I don't play pinball much anymore.

    But I couldn't miss this.

    What a milestone for pinball.

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    #180 4 days ago

    Somehow Dave beat me there even after making a trip to Duluth for a Transporter. I wasn’t there to help nor could the seller lift anything so he had to get creative

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    #181 4 days ago

    Meteor getting the yoppsicle treatment tonight

    1 and 2 are incandescent

    3 has the yopps

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    #182 4 days ago

    Ramps are in for High Speed and Fish tales

    They will probably get lost before I set up high speed

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    #183 4 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    Ramps are in for High Speed and Fish tales
    They will probably get lost before I set up high speed
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    Or you could get organized a little better so that they do not get lost.

    #184 4 days ago
    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

    Or you could get organized a little better so that they do not get lost.

    I added them to the pile of unsorted pinballlife orders. I don’t have a ramp department yet.

    I thought about putting them inside the games but worried they’d snag on a wiring harness then get crushed or something.

    But glad I have you keeping me on track

    #185 4 days ago

    Anyone that ever sees my office and "man cave" may think it is chaos, but I am actually very organized, I always know where everything is supposed to be.

    My girlfriend drives me nuts when she picks up something and does not put it back in the same place.

    She has made fun of me for going behind her and moving something back to where it is supposed to be, but the joke is on her, because she is always misplacing stuff at her house.

    And so many times, after she left here I had a call from her home phone, because she left her cell phone here.

    Yeah, she is not organized at all, and she can make all the fun at me that she wants, because I am always know where everything is.

    #186 4 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    I added them to the pile of unsorted pinballlife orders. I don’t have a ramp department yet.
    I thought about putting them inside the games but worried they’d snag on a wiring harness then get crushed or something.
    But glad I have you keeping me on track

    If they fit, just put them in the coin box of the games.

    If they do not fit there, just put a box with the parts of them inside the game.

    All along I thought you invited me here to goof off, but now I see you need some pointers from me.

    With all the games you have, best is to put everything in the game that they belong to, OR, at least have boxes on a shelf for each game that you have parts, or paint, or anything else for, so it is all together and when you are ready to work on a certain game you can just grab the box off the shelf and get to work.

    Actually, I think the box on a shelf will work better. Just label the box which game it is for.

    Before you are ready to work on a game, long before, look over the game again and make a list of everything you need, and then check the box to make sure everything is there.

    No matter how hard you try, there will always be something else that you will find you need, that you only realized it at the last minute.

    Hell, all those years I did construction, after the material supply truck left, I would always see something else that was needed and have to run back to Home Depot.

    No matter how hard you try, you will always forget to order something, or find a new problem that also needs parts.

    #187 4 days ago
    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

    If they fit, just put them in the coin box of the games.
    If they do not fit there, just put a box with the parts of them inside the game.
    All along I thought you invited me here to goof off, but now I see you need some pointers from me.
    With all the games you have, best is to put everything in the game that they belong to, OR, at least have boxes on a shelf for each game that you have parts, or paint, or anything else for, so it is all together and when you are ready to work on a certain game you can just grab the box off the shelf and get to work.
    Actually, I think the box on a shelf will work better. Just label the box which game it is for.
    Before you are ready to work on a game, long before, look over the game again and make a list of everything you need, and then check the box to make sure everything is there.
    No matter how hard you try, there will always be something else that you will find you need, that you only realized it at the last minute.
    Hell, all those years I did construction, after the material supply truck left, I would always see something else that was needed and have to run back to Home Depot.
    No matter how hard you try, you will always forget to order something, or find a new problem that also needs parts.

    I always thought it was an Elf on a shelf, not a box.

    Speaking of boxes, make sure its not this type of box:

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    #188 2 days ago

    Ok, no posts in 24 hours here, WAKE UP!

    BUMP! (This is for accounting organization).

    Most of the time I will probably goof off here, but not with this post, this post may can help you, unless you are totally just lazy.

    History:

    My dad was self-employed construction for many years, and I worked for him many years.

    In 1992 he got in bad health, made bad decisions because of the health issues, and lost everything. And he had a whole lot of machines and properties.

    His accountant called me, and asked if I would stop by and help him with Dads business stuff, because he had no clue how to categorize what stuff paid out was for. (At the time dad was in a hospital for several months, and out of it after some strokes).

    I was instantly great at that, and the accountant gave me a brand new book, that when I started my own corporation in 1994, I started using it, and have used it every since, kind of.

    Around 2010 that book was no longer available, and I did not like the replacements, so for years now I have been making blank copies of those pages, to keep on using.

    The book is for weekly use, but I always used it for monthly, and I could get 4 years out of a book that way.

    A very large business would probably need to use the book weekly, I was never large, never cared to be after seeing how things for my dad ended up.

    Current:

    With a book like this, or similar, each time you write a check, (or pay a bill online these days), list what it is and if deductible or non-deductible, and the amount, and the category #.

    Takes me 10 seconds per check I write, unless a check for credit cards that have several different categories of expenses, like gas, repairs, materials, etc., that needs to be broken down on the credit card statement, to be added to the book.

    At the end of each month, it takes me 30 minutes to update the totals in the book, including my receipts for the month.

    At the end of the year, same thing, done monthly, in just 30 minutes I have all my totals of the year, on one sheet of paper, to fax to my accountant.

    Roughly, in 8 hours total a year, I have everything I need, on one sheet of paper for my accountant.

    My accountant loves me! So many people still sends him grocery bags of receipts that he has to go through, and even though he charges them a lot of money for all his extra work, he loves the fact that my stuff is so easy.

    (I do have to send him a separate sheet of paper with my rental house info, and that is no big deal).

    My accountant also loves me because I always fax him my totals for the year, the first week in January, so he can work on it early.

    My corporate taxes are due March 15th, and I usually go ahead and pay in February.

    Yeah, personal taxes are due April 15th, I usually pay those in March.

    I have no problems being great to my accountant, because they have been great to me in the past.

    Long ago, I received a letter from the IRS about something and I owed some late fees or something, and I faxed that letter to my accountant, and he said sorry, that was our mistake, we will take care of it and pay it.

    It ticked me off at first, but his dad had just passed, and he was taking it hard, but he kept everything all good for me.

    And that was long ago, he is awesome again now!

    Why this long rant now?

    While ago I was hanging out with one of my friends that is a lot younger than me, and about 2 years ago he had started his own business, and sometimes asked me for advice, and I was asking him about accounting stuff, and he said he put all his receipts in paper bags and gave them to his accountant, and his accountant told him that he would take it that way, but he will charge extra.

    I asked my friend if he would like to get organized, and he lit up, he wanted to learn more from me, so I showed him how I do all that, and I even gave him a page from the book so he can make his own copies.

    My friend acted like he was going to get on top of everything and get organized, he even said he would get separate files for each category, and I said no need for that, hell, just one bag or file with everything in it for each quarter has always worked for me.

    I really hope he gets organized, I gave him the advice and tools he needs.

    Long ago another friend that was self employed, and so damn lazy he did not even file taxes for a few years, and wasted money on penalties and stuff once he did try to get caught up, had just had a surgery, and was bored because he could not lift anything or do anything, and I asked if he would like to get organized, and he said yes, and I actually bought him the book, they were still available at the time, so at least back around 2010, and he said he was going to start using it, loved how easy it was.

    A few years later I asked that friend how he is doing with the accounting organizing stuff, and he said well, I just can't list every check in the book like you do, and I try to catch up a little but usually I just wait and file more and more extensions. That dude is just lazy.

    ***While ago I was telling my girlfriend about how I was trying to help my friend get organized, and even she said that she wished that she could be at least half as organized as I am***

    (And that was not sarcastic or anything coming from her, she is not like that).

    HELL YEAH!

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    #189 2 days ago

    The more I think about it, my accountant was awesome in the first place, for showing me how to get organized.

    I have been trying to help others, just does not work if the person is just lazy and will not change.

    And a few years later I started making myself notes about things and leaving all over my computer.

    Confess I rarely waste any money from buying random, I make notes of what I want, and what I need, and obviously if I know my truck has a issue and needs to go to a mechanic now, or if it is something I can fix and make notes about parts I need, then that is a priority, but a lot of times I make notes about something, glance at the note for a few weeks, and then trash it, deciding I really do not need that, nor do I need to spend any money for that.

    Being organized really helps a whole lot if you are also trying to be frugal.

    Long ago I was not as frugal and organized, and when I did anything I never returned left over parts to a store for a refund.

    These days anytime I need anything for some repair, I go and look at all the stuff I have laying around, and a whole lot of times I find something I can use without having to go out and buy more.

    While I am pretty organized now, in the past I was not, and when I look at all that oddball stuff I am glad I have it now, but at the same time kind of wish I had of taken it back to the store long ago.

    (With a few things anyway, that I see, and wonder why I have that).

    #190 2 days ago

    AND, after 10 more posts here, we will have a new page!

    #191 2 days ago
    Quoted from JohnnyPinball007:

    AND, after 10 more posts here, we will have a new page!

    Hallelujah!

    #192 1 day ago

    Yeah work has been busy this week and we have a lot of changes coming next year from higher up.

    This weekend I think there will be time for attacking the list more.

    A keyboard will be needed to respond to most of Little Johnnys content

    #193 1 day ago

    Work is crazy busy for everyone right now! It’s the weekend! I’m planning finishing as much of the gym as possible this weekend. I strapped it 6 months ago… I’ll get the wiring, insulation and vapour barrier up this weekend. On Sunday I’ll epoxy the floor. I epoxied the laundry room yesterday. Plain grey but eventually I’ll do something nice over top, at least it covers the floor for now.

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    #194 12 hours ago

    Primer coat is on!

    Next step is patching and sanding.

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    Base coat is on deck (I noticed the caps are different but it shouldn’t matter but I may proceed accordingly just in case)

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