I still remember how I found Pin Wiz and really the whole retro arcade scene. I was at a really terrible welding job in '12 however I couldn't quit because I had been laid off for like a year. The radio kept playing an ad for the "Pinball Wizard Arcade" all damn week just taunting me to go but I couldn't because I was so tired after work so I decided to go on that Saturday. I took my mom and dad along and the last time the whole family actually went to an arcade together was back in the 90's. It wasn't for a concert or anything it was actual real family fun arcade time and that hadn't happened since I was like 5 or whatever.
I just remember thinking this was a hole in the wall crappy place because of the giant "for lease" sign outside and this tiny door. Maybe a few arcade machine's who knows right? Well through the door opens into this GIGANTIC swath of just arcade everything-ness. Everybody mouth was just agape. I mean a few games and ticket redemption games is all we were expecting not like everything under the sun. I remember being amazed that they didn't have bells and chimes anymore, the Fonz wasn't there, how much it was to play (it went up a bit since the 90's), the toys in the games, and there were themes in the games. I decided to play "Family Guy" and I just remember laughing which I really needed when I got into "Fart Multiball". Getting free games I was shocked at.
Then I remember meeting Greg Bond (who I didn't know at the time) and just being mesmerized by how good he was. A real "pinball wizard" which I was shocked they exist like some sort of Jedi and there is skill in pinball. That upped my game for sure learning there was more to pinball.
Then I remember Sarah for actually pushing me into competitive pinball. I was getting replays and some hi-scores but to play in a pinball league? I mean you had to be like PAPA A division to be in a league I thought. If you weren't, you were just going to waste money and look like a rookie. Well Sarah said "try it because you're pretty good I think". The rest really is history as I'm ranked under 1k now.
Really there are so many more memories but.....yeah....I don't have the words that can do it justice. Thank you. Thank you so very much. For everything.