I jumped into this hobby 2 years ago with a woman I had just met 10 months prior. She never played pinball before she met me. Our first pin purchase involved an 8 hour trip to the arcade auction in NC. We brought home a grand lizard. 6 months after that we were at 4 pins, and technical out of room in the basement. A couple of times along the way she did mention "you aren't still looking for a machine are you?".
Fast forward to today, we removed the foosball table and a couple of other things from the basement and currently have 9 machine. The most recent machine is still sitting upstairs in the living room. During Christmas weekend she said to me "I kind of like one of the machines upstairs, a lot of people enjoyed playing it". This made me smile!
Well today she said "I have been thinking about where to put a game permanently in the living room, how about the corner by the TV".
I gave her the biggest smile and said we can make it happen!!
I'm so thankful I have a woman who loves all aspects of pinball. She loves playing. Loves going to shows. And loves the excitement in getting a new machine. For her 40th birthday I bought her an Aerosmith Premium and for Christmas her best gift she received was a pinball poster that she absolutely loves.