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Official 2018 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread


By LesManley

2 years ago



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    #401 2 years ago
    Quoted from NeilMcRae:

    I can't believe you folks are opening and it isn't even Christmas day!

    When I get mine, I'm tearing that MF'er apart!

    #402 2 years ago
    Quoted from northvibe:

    Australia is the land of poisonous animals.....vampire chinchillas?!

    i gave it a good shake, heard nothing. or maybe they are just playing dead until i tear it open....
    gonna be a fun christmas

    #403 2 years ago
    Quoted from NeilMcRae:

    I can't believe you folks are opening and it isn't even Christmas day!

    Some Pinsiders are just ahead of their time

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    #404 2 years ago

    Thank you secret santa so much, several tools I didnt even know I needed!!! I'm using them today to get started on my f14 project

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    #405 2 years ago
    Quoted from FatPanda:

    When I get mine, I'm tearing that MF'er apart!

    No e will be open before I reach the front door.

    #406 2 years ago
    Quoted from NeilMcRae:

    I can't believe you folks are opening and it isn't even Christmas day!

    Neil... I am involved in 6-7 other hobbies with online forums that all have secret santa programs as well. Between the hundreds (if not thousands) of friends I have and my family, I'd be opening presents well into the 26th if I waited til Christmas to start opening.


    Ok... really tough to say all that with a straight face. Who am I kidding? This will probably be the best I get this year and I just have no willpower to wait. Surprised I'm even able to wait each day I do for the next present that my SS sent!!

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    #407 2 years ago
    Quoted from NeilMcRae:

    I can't believe you folks are opening and it isn't even Christmas day!

    My first inclination was to wait, but my other (better) half said that if I did that she was going to open them up, then re-wrap them and make me wait!
    So, confronted with that choice, I caved...

    Very fancy goodie bags! Wonder what clued Santa in to the fact that I'm a bit the Whovian?

    Many thanks to my Pinside Secret Santa!

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    #408 2 years ago

    This Secret Santa mailed off his presents today hope the recipient likes the gifts and everyone here has a great Christmas! Yeah I know I am last minute.

    #409 2 years ago
    Quoted from northvibe:

    Australia is the land of poisonous animals.....vampire chinchillas?!

    Taranchillas.

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    #410 2 years ago

    Received my gifts today and love them. PacMan drink coasters some cool Creach stuff and a PacMan candy coins for my sweet tooth. Thank you santa its going to be a great Christmas.

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    #411 2 years ago

    I got some amazing gifts from my Secret Santa! I love all of it! Thanks so much!

    Getaway was my first game and WPT is my most recent addition. It’s wonderful to have all this cool stuff for both of them.

    Plus now I know what I’m wearing on Christmas!

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    #412 2 years ago

    Day 3!! Clearly Frodo got a bit jealous when I mentioned that Deadpool was my new favorite pin. LOTR was always my grail pin and still to this day gets me excited when I play it. Thanks Santa... you're really good at this... scary good!!

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    #413 2 years ago

    I am weak. Lasted about 10 seconds. But I'm ecstatic! Thank You so much SS. Marty wanted to be involved as well. With the new game room nearing completion the Dead Pool Banner is going to look great on the wall. You are the man. The caramels are going to be delicious. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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    #414 2 years ago

    Thumbs up for PinSanta hailing from the "North Outhole"!

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    #415 2 years ago

    My Secret Santa gift showed up today and I have to say I am blown away by the generosity. It doesn't fit under the tree and the suspense is killing me, so I don't know if I will have the will power to wait until Christmas morning to open it. Thanks Secret Santa!

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    #416 2 years ago

    Someone definitely sent you a coffin. Run!

    #417 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    My Secret Santa gift showed up today and I have to say I am blown away by the generosity. It doesn't fit under the tree and the suspense is killing me, so I don't know if I will have the will power to wait until Christmas morning to open it. Thanks Secret Santa!
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    I think it’s the DeLorean from Back To The Future! My neighbor had one, and it’s disappeared. Open it!

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    #418 2 years ago
    Quoted from dnapac:

    I think it’s the DeLorean from Back To The Future! My neighbor had one, and it’s disappeared. Open it!

    Ok, since you said to...

    I thought I might be stretching the budget limits when I put a McLaren sportscar on my gift idea list...but my Secret Santa came through! And green too...my favorite color. SS must have done some good snooping to figure that out. You're the best. I'll be sure to think of you every time I'm doing 150mph down the highway. Merry Christmas!

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    #419 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    .but my Secret Santa came through!

    Hey wait a minute. aren't you the one that connected Pinsiders to Secret Santas, decided who got who ?

    Oh well, you deserve the best Secret Santa for all you did making people happy.

    LTG : )

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    #420 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Ok, since you said to...
    I thought I might be stretching the budget limits when I put a McLaren sportscar on my gift idea list...but my Secret Santa came through! And green too...my favorite color. SS must have done some good snooping to figure that out. You're the best. I'll be sure to think of you every time I'm doing 150mph down the highway. Merry Christmas![quoted image]

    I will be organizing the 2019 Pinside Secret Santa thread and all subsequent years from now on

    #421 2 years ago
    Quoted from Pinballlew:

    I will be organizing the 2019 Pinside Secret Santa thread and all subsequent years from now on

    In that case, I'll cover secret new years, Valentine's, Easter Bunny, and both equinoxes.

    #422 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Ok, since you said to...
    I thought I might be stretching the budget limits when I put a McLaren sportscar on my gift idea list...but my Secret Santa came through! And green too...my favorite color. SS must have done some good snooping to figure that out. You're the best. I'll be sure to think of you every time I'm doing 150mph down the highway. Merry Christmas![quoted image]

    Nice to See Ed Robertson participated in SSanta this year He is a good dude!

    #423 2 years ago

    How many chinchillas to the mile does that thing get!?

    #424 2 years ago

    It’s imamaculate!

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    #425 2 years ago

    Opened a bunch of boxes today and one was my Secret Santa box, with some ninja pinballs, some cool tools and protective plastics for my GOTG!

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    #426 2 years ago

    Well, you can't track me down. Because I shipped mine 2 states over threw a family members work with an entirely different family last name. So good luck with that.</blockquote

    I think a lot of people are using their work address, mine came from an insurance company

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    #427 2 years ago

    Just wanted to post an update on the gift sending status for everyone.

    I'm pleased to say that I have heard from or have seen updates for every single person, all 113 pinsiders, about the status of their gift shipping. That is commendable! Lots of people waited to ship gifts until the deadline as they wanted them to arrive closer to Christmas which is totally understandable, so expect a lot of packages arriving next week. That said, many people are shipping multiple packages from different locations or vendors too, so even if you got a package already, continue to keep your eyes open for possible additional packages. With any luck, it looks like neither rain, nor sleet nor a Canadian Postal strike will keep gifts from arriving on time. Aside from a few potential exceptions, it looks like things are right on track for everyone to have their gifts by Christmas. Please do continue to keep me posted if something comes up or if you need me to relay a message to your SS about the status of your gifts.

    Thank you guys and gals all again for communicating with me and having fun with this. I continue to be amazed at the gifts that people receive, and not just by some of the big dollar amounts, but by the thought and originality that people put into them. It's really great to see a bunch of grown adult pinball fans acting like kids on Christmas morning.

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    #428 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Just wanted to post an update on the gift sending status for everyone.
    I'm pleased to say that I have heard from or have seen updates for every single person, all 113 pinsiders, about the status of their gift shipping. That is commendable! Lots of people waited to ship gifts until the deadline as they wanted them to arrive closer to Christmas which is totally understandable, so expect a lot of packages arriving next week. That said, many people are shipping multiple packages from different locations or vendors too, so even if you got a package already, continue to keep your eyes open for possible additional packages. With any luck, it looks like neither rain, nor sleet nor a Canadian Postal strike will keep gifts from arriving on time. Aside from a few potential exceptions, it looks like things are right on track for everyone to have their gifts by Christmas. Please do continue to keep me posted if something comes up or if you need me to relay a message to your SS about the status of your gifts.
    Thank you guys and gals all again for communicating with me and having fun with this. I continue to be amazed at the gifts that people receive, and not just by some of the big dollar amounts, but by the thought and originality that people put into them. It's really great to see a bunch of grown adult pinball fans acting like kids on Christmas morning.
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    And thank you for organizing all of this!!

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    #429 2 years ago

    Day 4... found another nice upgrade for my LOTR in the next package. A Titan Pinball rubber ring kit. Going to look great with the transparent rings. Thanks Santa!!

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    #430 2 years ago

    Found a surprise on my doorstep when I got home from work. I'm gonna try to hold out until Christmas morning. Thank you, secret Santa!

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    #431 2 years ago

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    #432 2 years ago

    Was a long Friday this week....getting to sit down and see SWEET santa posts has become like a super highlight!

    So Many fun items! And SO many generous people!

    Makes me happy to feel a part of a hobby community!

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    #433 2 years ago

    Received mine today! Thank you secret Santa!

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    #434 2 years ago

    My gift was waiting for me when I got home. To my Secret Santa you absolutely nailed it and truer words were never spoken. Thank you so very much and have a happy holiday yourself.

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    #435 2 years ago
    Quoted from gliebig:

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    I got spookified! TNA speaker light diffusers, spooky hat, koozies, balls and much needed storage bins. Awesome! Thank you!

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    #436 2 years ago

    Looks like Santa made his way to St Charles, IL. Package arrived today from Pinball Life. Thank you, Secret Santa!

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    #437 2 years ago

    I may or may not keep checking the mailbox........

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    #438 2 years ago

    Ok I was going to wait until Christmas to open, but I figured I would keep the gift opening train rolling. It's already on the game and looks great, just waiting for a beverage to hold. Thanks Santa!

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    #439 2 years ago

    My wife and kids call me from the front door, “Hey your Pinside Secret Santa gift is here.” Awesome I thought and said to them, “I can’t wait till Christmas to open it.” My wife and kids objected immediately and said open it now. So to keep peace this Christmas season I agreed and here’s the pictures to share.

    First off, what a big package as you can see from the first picture. Second picture shows all the awesome wrapped gifts in the box and the next picture shows them spread out. Great to see so many wrapped gifts! Peanuts wrapping paper too!

    To start off we begin with a great funny card with a awesome note from my SS! In the note it says another gift is on the way even! WOW (Maybe it’s not on time because Spooky couldn’t make my TNA machine gift in time ) seriously though after opening all the gifts, my SS is awesome and another gift is just above and beyond! Thank you SS for all the gifts received.

    A Storage case, zip ties, magnetic parts holder bowl, microfiber cloths, telescoping magnet, a great led light, 6 piece pliers set, some PacMan candy and a Space Invaders bowling game - my kids are playing with right now.

    There is a picture of all the opened gifts and of the aftermath as well. Thanks again Secret Santa, you brightened not only my holiday but the entire family’s!

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    #440 2 years ago

    OMG! Pinside secret Santa if that was you in person that came by I’m sorry I didn’t stop you and have you guys stay a while. I was working on the sink and then was in complete shock at your amazing gift and still am. Please come on back anytime. We’ll be home the rest of the day.

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    #441 2 years ago

    This is going to fit on the wall perfectly right here.... the rest is going under the tree. Thank you so much, my wife and I both love it!

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    #442 2 years ago

    Check out what finally came today! Thanks SS. Looks like another box may be on the way! I doubt I will wait till Xmas, I may open one a day to keep the gift train rolling. Check out the JB rapping paper on this one.....LOVE IT!

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    #443 2 years ago

    Balls, bulbs, and Novus. Thank you Practical Santa.

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    #444 2 years ago
    Quoted from balt:

    Balls, bulbs, and Novus. Thank you Practical Santa.
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    Love the SS gift, but really love the bumble snow monster! I need one of those. Almost opened my SS present today, but I will wait until Christmas...

    #445 2 years ago
    Quoted from V_piscopo:

    Check out what finally came today! Thanks SS. Looks like another box may be on the way! I doubt I will wait till Xmas, I may open one a day to keep the gift train rolling. Check out the JB rapping paper on this one.....LOVE IT!
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    That's some sexy bieber paper right there!

    #446 2 years ago

    It's not too late to get PANTStadium!

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    #447 2 years ago

    So, there I was playing a game on EATPM. Every once in a while, I'd turn and glance at the tube of secret Santa goodness by the tree. Curiosity finally won out. I couldn't wait until Christmas. Yeah, I have no willpower.

    The first item inside was a Jersey Jack Pirates worlds beneath glass T-shirt!

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    The next items were rolled up inside (thankfully, not folded):
    An autographed JJP Pirates of the Caribbean translite.

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    An autographed JJP Dialed In translite.

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    And a Scared Stiff poster!

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    I had mentioned needing stuff for my game room. The walls are pretty bare and these are going to dress it up nicely!
    Thank you, secret Santa! You're awesome!

    #448 2 years ago

    Day 1: off to a killer start!

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    #449 2 years ago

    I woke up from nightshift this afternoon and was getting a coffee ready when I heard the doorbell ring. I go to the door and see this outside.

    I look over toward the driveway and see my secret Santa in his car trying to make a quick getaway!

    Should I open or wait?

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    #450 2 years ago

    Open! Of course, I have to wait...blocked by my wife and daughter...so I have to live thru others.

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