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Official 2020 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread

By LesManley

2 years ago

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    #1 2 years ago

    Welcome everyone to the official Secret Santa thread for 2020!

    First of all, I want to say Thank You all for the well wishes and the messages of thanks in your PMs to me. It is a lot of work, but it is my pleasure running it since I see how much fun everyone gets out of it year after year. It's awesome to be able to give back to the group like this! Since the last three years went off basically without a hitch, I'll keep things nice and consistent for anyone who has participated before and not change anything. I closed the old thread since the registration time frame has now passed and I opened up this thread to keep things clean and streamlined. We can use this thread to post announcements, questions, updates, ship dates and of course to show off all our ill gotten booty that we receive from our secret santas. It's a been a LONG year, so let's really try to end 2020 on a positive note.

    Here's how things are going to go. Tonight and early tomorrow I will assign everyone a number and go down the list and randomly draw a secret santa for every participant. I should have everyone's e-mail address, so I will send an e-mail to each person with the name and information I have for who you are to buy gifts for. If they gave me any gift ideas or a list of the games they own that they don't display to the public, I will include those as well. If you don't receive an e-mail from me by Tuesday, Nov. 17, please PM me. You then will have about a month to purchase gifts and ship them out to your SS. The cut off date will be Monday, Dec. 18th for shipping so all items have a chance to get there by Christmas Eve. You can and should ship them out much sooner as soon as they are ready to go though. You can wrap the gifts individually if you want and send them in one big box or even have them directly shipped to your SS if you want to save some money that way. Please do not include your name on the return address no matter what method you choose, use the name "Pinside Secret Santa" instead. That way everyone will know when your package arrives and they won't know who it is from. When you do send your gifts, please send me a PM or e-mail with the tracking information so I can add it to my sheet and cross you off the list. When your SS package arrives, please post in this thread too so the sender knows you got it safe and sound, even if you don't intend to open for a while. People can be worried about porch pirates, so even if the tracking says delivered, your SS wants to make sure you got it and not someone else. And of course, this is an important one...after you open your SS package, post the money shots of all your goodies here and give a proper thank you shout out to your Secret Santa for doing their part to spread a little holiday cheer. If there is one thing we struggle with year after year, it's this. People can put a lot of time and effort into buying gifts and can be very proud of what they buy for you with their hard earned money, so please take a moment to post pictures after opening and say a quick thank you! You don't have to gush over everything and write a super long story, but please take a minute to acknowledge what you received.

    Before the fun officially commences, we need to cover some basic ground rules...

    *First off, this will be as fun as we make it. If we put in some effort, everyone should have a good time. Please check your SS's public game list on Pinside and the ideas they included (if any) and do some creative investigation. Maybe search their old posts, check out any pictures or their Pinside story if they have one.
    You are free to buy what you want, you don't have to get anything that your SS may have suggested for gifts, but please just put the same amount of thought into your gifts that you would want someone to put into the gifts for you and things should be fine.

    *On that note, please no public bitching on Pinside about what you receive, that isn't the point of this. This is supposed to be about giving, spreading some joy and adding a little of that childhood magic back into the holidays again. If you really wanted an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle...but got a football instead...be thankful for what you received or at least fake it like you would with your in-laws.

    *The dollar amount you should aim for when buying gifts is at least $30. That is not a hard cap by any means. Tis the season, so you can spend as much as you feel comfortable with, but please at least hit that number value wise so no one is short changed from a dollar standpoint.

    *I will keep track of who shipped packages and when they were shipped. I will send out a reminder to anyone I haven't heard from 1 week before the deadline, but PLEASE, be responsible and buy your gifts and ship them out before the deadline so we don't run into issues with having to track people down and recipients not getting packages in time.

    *Finally, most importantly, No dead beat Santas. If you don't think you can fulfill your end of the bargain for whatever reason, please contact me and I can remove your name from the list now with no questions asked. Nothing would be worse for this than someone not following through and leaving someone empty handed. By participating, you are agreeing to be responsible and fulfill your obligation to the recipient. I know unexpected things can happen, so if a Santa runs into any issues, notify me immediately please. The sooner I am made aware, the sooner I can figure a solution to the issue. Once again, if a Santa fails to follow through, and does not contact me ahead of time (to solve the issue), I will have no problem outing them to the Pinside community and we all know how merciless this community can be. This is the only warning you will receive for this, so please let's not have to go there.

    I think that about covers it. Any other questions, feel free to post in this thread or PM me and I would be happy to help. Let's put on those Santa hats, give 2020 a big old punch in the face and get ready for a better 2021 with the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny #%&[email protected] Kaye! Let Christmas begin!

    2020 Secret Santas:

    1 2Kaulitz
    2 67cutlass
    3 acitti
    4 action76
    5 Aflacjack
    6 alexmogil
    7 amkoepfer
    8 Apinjunkie
    9 Arcade
    10 ArcadeTechNerd
    11 ArcadeUpKeep
    12 Asylum
    13 Atari_Daze
    14 atrainn
    15 Axaios
    16 balt
    17 bbriese
    18 BertoDRINK1
    19 bicyclenut
    20 Blitzburgh99
    21 BlueIrocGuy
    22 bowtech
    23 bowz
    24 BubbaBeast
    25 Captainhook
    26 Charliew65
    27 Cheberha
    28 ChrisPINk25
    29 chubtoad13
    30 Coindork
    31 Colsond3
    32 Coz
    33 Daditude
    34 davidldennis
    35 dc2010
    36 Dee-Bow
    37 Devilsmuse
    38 dirkdiggler
    39 dnapac
    40 docquest
    41 dolsontown
    42 dondon4720
    43 drbrain
    44 EasternBloc
    45 easye9901
    46 Ericc123
    47 FatPanda
    48 Fezmid
    49 fiberdude120
    50 fosaisu
    51 gentrsa
    52 Gexchange
    53 gliebig
    54 Gogojohnnyquack
    55 grantopia
    56 Gritty
    57 groffdaddy
    58 guitarded
    59 Hayfarmer
    60 Haymaker
    61 HighVoltage
    62 hogbog
    63 homegameroom
    64 hool10
    65 hupchallenge
    66 icanswim70
    67 Insane
    68 Isochronic_Frost
    69 j_m_
    70 Jaeg
    71 Jason_Jehosaphat
    72 Jawa
    73 jellikit
    74 Jenniebear
    75 jesperpark
    76 Jimmyhonda
    77 joefox22
    78 jp1985
    79 JRBBRJ
    80 KingPinGames
    81 Kwaheltrut
    82 LesManley
    83 Liftserv
    84 lowbeau67
    85 luckycreature
    86 MacJedi
    87 mandelbloom
    88 mario_1_up
    89 matiou
    90 Mcrorin
    91 merccat
    92 Metaluna
    93 mickey
    94 midcoastsurf
    95 Miguel351
    96 Mitoska
    97 Mitoska (Son)
    98 Mjonesproperty
    99 Mr_Tantrum
    100 MrMikeman
    101 MrsPin
    102 Mtg381
    103 Murphdom
    104 Muskie82
    105 NeilMcRae
    106 newovad
    107 northerndude
    108 northvibe
    109 Number41
    110 pacmanretro
    111 Pahuffman
    112 PappaDubz
    113 paulbaptise
    114 Pball
    115 Pdxmonkey
    116 Penguindeity
    117 Percula
    118 Phat_Jay
    119 pin2d
    120 pinballj
    121 Pinballlew
    122 pinballphotos
    123 pingod
    124 Pinmasher
    125 Pin-Pilot
    126 Pinsterwmass
    127 Pintor
    128 PokerJake
    129 Ponzie
    130 Propsnsports
    131 pzy
    132 RCA1
    133 rodcom
    134 Saltimbanco
    135 SarverSystems
    136 Secret Santa
    137 Secret Santa II
    138 SeeDeeS
    139 SevenEightyRacer
    140 SKWilson
    141 SkyKing2301
    142 Soapman
    143 Stosel
    144 swinks
    145 TakingupSpace
    146 the96stang
    147 TiltDis
    148 TommyGavin
    149 TonyScoots
    150 TrixTrix
    151 troxel
    152 Twilight1
    153 undrdog
    154 wesh
    155 Westbury
    156 Wolfmarsh
    157 WonderMellon
    158 ZEN
    159 zenbone


    #2 2 years ago

    This is going to be a awesome time. Can’t wait.

    #3 2 years ago

    Going to be another xmas with awesome surprises

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    #4 2 years ago

    Thx !!!

    #5 2 years ago

    Let the fun begin.

    Thank you for all your work organizing this John !

    Can't wait to see pictures of boxes arriving. And contents when the recipients presents are opened.

    Great times !

    LTG : )

    #6 2 years ago

    Thanks for all your effort !

    #7 2 years ago

    Already started shopping

    #8 2 years ago
    Quoted from amkoepfer:

    Already started shopping

    You can never start soon enough!

    #9 2 years ago

    thanks for doing this and will be fun and always enjoying seeing what people get

    #10 2 years ago

    Appreciate all your efforts with this, I'm sure it takes a lot of time!!

    #11 2 years ago

    Cant wait to start stalking!!!!

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    #12 2 years ago

    I'm so excited!

    Les, thanks so much for all your hard work!

    #13 2 years ago

    Hey Santa! Hint, hint...

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    #14 2 years ago

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    #15 2 years ago

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    In case anyone is shopping for me

    #16 2 years ago

    It's a one year subscription to the jelly of the month club!

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from grantopia:

    It's a one year subscription to the jelly of the month club!

    I wouldn't object to that. Or to https://www.universalyums.com/join

    #18 2 years ago

    These pictures remind me of the threads here on Pinside and on RGP, of what we were wishing for, for Christmas.

    I always closed my wish list with something like this :

    All this I would trade, and even more. That friends that are suffering with their health or other issues, would be healed and able to celebrate the holidays with their families.

    LTG : )

    #19 2 years ago
    Quoted from balt:

    Hey Santa! Hint, hint...
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    I'd hold out for the bathroom buddy.

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    #20 2 years ago

    Okay then, if we're dropping hints I like pinball, Star Wars, and naked ladies.

    #21 2 years ago
    Quoted from balt:

    Hey Santa! Hint, hint...
    [quoted image]

    Is this really a thing?

    #22 2 years ago
    #23 2 years ago

    Already bought my gift. Great fun!

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    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from Apinjunkie:

    Is this really a thing?

    LTG : )

    #25 2 years ago

    Better than a crochet body suit

    #26 2 years ago

    The crocheted body suit is for after your shower on the weekends. Bathe & Brew and then into your comfy weekend clothes.

    #27 2 years ago
    Quoted from Coz:

    Already bought my gift. Great fun!
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    Wouldn't this be more like Victoria's Secret Santa

    #28 2 years ago

    LTG : )[quoted image]

    If only this worked in the shower.

    #29 2 years ago

    No home is complete without one of these in the master bath

    #30 2 years ago
    Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

    No home is complete without one of these in the master bath

    Speaking of funny SNL skits. I'm sure a few members here could use these...

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Speaking of funny SNL skits. I'm sure a few members here could use these...

    Hahaha! "and it's biodegradable"
    Non-stop pinball playing??

    #32 2 years ago

    Well, someone is getting a new pin!!

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    #35 2 years ago
    Quoted from Daditude:

    Someone really may be getting a Cameron la borde pin:

    Just ordered Silverball Mania. Used to kick ass on that machine! Now, only if I could remember when or where that was....

    #36 2 years ago

    If my Secret Santa is in Oregon, send me the finest stuff your local corner guy has to offer

    Actually, this is a pretty good list to start!
    Thanks Santa!

    #37 2 years ago

    im in
    please add me

    #38 2 years ago

    Pm sent about getting in on the fun this year. My wife and I don't do gifts for each other so would be nice to have something under the tree

    #39 2 years ago
    Quoted from Saltimbanco:

    Well, someone is getting a new pin!!
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    Those are so cool.

    #40 2 years ago

    Cant wait for that PM and start shopping

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    #41 2 years ago

    I keep checking my cell to see if I've got mail!! Lol

    #42 2 years ago

    Most e-mails will be coming later on tonight. I've got my son's basketball practice and then some work stuff to do, but after 9:00pm central it will be prime e-mail time.

    #43 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Most e-mails will be coming later on tonight. I've got my son's basketball practice and then some work stuff to do, but after 9:00pm central it will be prime e-mail time.

    C'mon, where are your priorities?! Obviously volunteer pinball forum stuff should be your main job in life, definitely over family and career!!!

    #44 2 years ago

    Any chance I can join the list?

    #45 2 years ago
    Quoted from MacJedi:

    Any chance I can join the list?

    Yes. Send me your name, address, e-mail, shirt size and any gift ideas and I'll get you in.

    #46 2 years ago

    A few late entries, but they made it by the skin of their teeth. Up to 154 participants now.

    Added over 3 years ago:

    Got a couple more in, up to 156 now.

    Added over 3 years ago:

    And some more...up to 159 now.

    #47 2 years ago

    Gonna be fun as a first timer. I bought a few things months ago in preparation for this year

    #48 2 years ago

    I have stuff "in hand" waiting already also!!! HA

    #49 2 years ago

    All e-mails have been sent out. If I didn't have your e-mail address, you should have a PM from me. If you don't have an e-mail/PM from me, let me know right away. If any issues come up, please let me know right away. Post here when you ship and send me an e-mail with the tracking number so I can mark you as shipped on my list and please remember to also post in this thread when your SS package arrives so your sender knows that you got it safely. Last day for shipping is Dec. 18th, but you can and should ship well before that date.

    Finally, please, do not forget to post a picture after you open your gifts and say thank you! <-This is important and only takes a minute.

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    #50 2 years ago

    Hey not sure if this only happened to me but my email didn't have a recipient in it.

    Edit, it's just really small text.

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