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The “temporarily closed or worried about having to close my arcade” thread

By pookycade

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    #1451 82 days ago
    Quoted from pookycade:

    Got my Pro Striker Bowling up that has been down for 8 months. If any of you have ever dealt with one of these, it is the most craptacular electronic, mechanical, pneumatic nightmare of a machine I have ever dealt with, but the kids love it.

    Yes, I've been in that club! It never ceased to amaze me that something that seems so straightforward could be so ridiculously unreliable.

    2 weeks later
    #1452 67 days ago

    We are blowing away our previous records for attendance! However, I am alarmed about the recent J&J vaccine halting. We need to keep new cases low if our attendance levels are to be preserved. Shields up!

    Oh... here's another airflow-related tip: Buy yourself a Coway AP-1216L filter tower for your house (or business). Maybe two.

    It is best practice to put a different unit in each of the rooms where you spend the most time, rather than relying upon a one-size-fits-all house unit to sweep everything up.

    For the money, the AP-1216L is the best tower on the market. Cheap, quiet, attractively modern, works great, easy to clean, filter lasts a whole year, will display the red ring of death if the air quality drops:

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    Here's what it sucked out of my office space after a month (this is only the prefilter):

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    The other day I had contractors installing drywall in the attic. One of the guys left the hallway door cracked and I didn't know it, but the Coway did:

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    WHUTTT? RED RING? When I saw it, I looked down the hallway into the bedroom and the other one was red too! What was happening? Oh, this was happening:

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    They had sprayed expanding foam and were trimming it down. The particulates were especially good at redistributing themselves around the house, even through a tiny door crack. Wow. I put on my mask, positioned the towers into the hallway, and let them do the work...

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    Purple means better.

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    Back to blue. Ahhhhh.

    Great little gizmo. I'd have breathed in a lot more expansion foam had they not warned me.

    I won't take up the rest of your Pinside day with airflow stories. Yes, there are more up my sleeve: Mechanical ventilation units, carbon checking (it's worse than you think), HVAC air cleaners, etc. If I ever quit pinball, I might have a second career in HVAC tech. But don't ask me about niche colognes and fragrances. That has become a thing too. :p

    OK, long story short, the crowds are back, let's keep the vaccinations going, and get yourself an AP-1216L or two. You will like it a lot.

    #1453 66 days ago
    Quoted from PinChatt:

    I was texting with Nic today at RPM about something new I was trying out and some of you may want to consider also. There has been some interesting information about indoor air quality monitoring using CO2 monitors. Apparently, some local municipalities are using this technology to verify that businesses have adequate ventilation to be considered equivalent to "outdoor" spaces. I was intrigued, so I bought one of the devices to try it out.

    I commented earlier - I ended up picking up two of these devices for the yoga studio we're trying (succeeding, I think) to keep alive. Definitely interesting and useful. We've got a lot of ventilation options - windows on three sides, a window exhaust fan that I installed. We use the CO2 monitors to calibrate our practices - how many windows to open, how wide, fan on or off, depending upon class type and number of students.

    We're shooting for 800 ppm max (yoga students are breathing more deeply than retail or recreational customers) but 600 better. Check the devices after every class to gauge future practices. So THANK-YOU for the lead. Feels somewhat cutting edge compared to other spaces.

    And to get back to pinball, I made a trip to The Sanctum in Meriden, CT last week (safely vax'd) and happy to play a few games. In fact with lighter pandemic attendance I was able to get some time on some newer games that I am usually a bit reluctant to play (I gravitate toward older games and kind of a newb with the more modern games).

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    #1454 41 days ago

    So updates are less frequent but I still want to chart our performance over the next year.

    Overall still a very mixed bag.

    The good news - if bare minimum break even is the standard then we have now reliably broken that threshold on a consistent basis over the last two months. Operationally we now allow 65 in at one time (given state limits) with our same mitigation measures as before. Masks required of course but we will allow drinks inside. Also all employees now vaccinated.

    The bad news - it still really looks nothing like pre-pandemic business. I projected $300K pre pandemic year 3 in business. We are instead gonna come in at about $100K if current trends hold for 2021 and we have reduced break even to $60K. By comparison our first year in business was $160K revenue on $100K operational costs, but we spent the remainder on expanding what we were offering and growing the arcade.

    So yeah, we get to stay in business, but we really don’t get to grow much here and I can still count on not a dime of personal income from this endeavor over the last 3+ years.

    Am I happy ? Yeah of course I am. I love my little business and it brings joy to my community. That was the plan all along. Success for sure. But at the same time one has to be blunt and recognize it still vastly underperforms it’s potential. For the amount of square footage it occupies relative to income generated per square foot it doesn’t deserve to be in business as compared to other uses that space and it’s resources could perform.

    I’d like it to better hold its own and be more than a vanity business. I’ll give it a break for now but I should and do expect better.

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    #1455 36 days ago

    Today the face mask mandate was lifted by Minnesota.

    Now I hope for light at the end of the tunnel. And no relapse and everything goes bad again.

    LTG : )

    #1456 36 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Today the face mask mandate was lifted by Minnesota.
    Now I hope for light at the end of the tunnel. And no relapse and everything goes bad again.
    LTG : )

    Utah also dropped ours a few days ago.

    It's so nice to see smiling faces again!

    My prediction: SS Billiards is coming back stronger than ever!

    #1457 36 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Today the face mask mandate was lifted by Minnesota.
    Now I hope for light at the end of the tunnel. And no relapse and everything goes bad again.
    LTG : )

    Shame, you look better behind a mask! lol Heres hoping your business makes a Huge come back!!!

    #1458 36 days ago
    Quoted from Yelobird:

    Shame, you look better behind a mask!

    You know besides making mods and posting on Pinside. You could be funny too.

    LTG : )

    1 week later
    #1459 26 days ago

    I’m sad to say that I’ll be helping a friend pack up his 9 pins (and a few arcade games) to move them to storage this week. He has a Mall location, so COVID restrictions have hit him hard. Needless to say, it was a bold move to open a mall location, and he exposed a LOT of people to pinball while he was there - almost 2 years. Super nice guy, and I really hate to see him have to end it. Hopefully there’s a happy ending to this story eventually.

    #1460 26 days ago
    Quoted from swampfire:

    I’m sad to say that I’ll be helping a friend pack up his 9 pins (and a few arcade games) to move them to storage this week.

    I'm sorry.

    LTG : (

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    #1461 24 days ago

    Well we just got word today that we may be able to reopen our arcade after 6 long months at one third capacity. It is tentatively scheduled to reopen on June 10 but it depends on there being a 60% vaccinated rate and hospitalizations to be under 500 in the province. At least it is a step in the right direction and look forward to turning the lights back on soon.

    #1462 24 days ago

    Here's to hoping we can stay open too.
    Not even sure if we are in that group to open up.

    The bowling alley, and Casino might fall under a different tier.

    #1463 23 days ago

    I believe bowling alley would fall under entertainment so they will be Stage 2 but you are right on the casino side, I am surprised how vague they were for casinos figured they would want to open them up as fast as they could.

    Quoted from pingod:

    Here's to hoping we can stay open too.
    Not even sure if we are in that group to open up.
    The bowling alley, and Casino might fall under a different tier.

    #1464 20 days ago

    We have had to close again sadly here in Australia. After 3 months of great support from the public after being closed for most of last year, we thought things were getting back to normal. Looks like 'normal' is still a LONG way away for us in Australia. Even if this is just a 7 day lockdown, state borders will still be many weeks before opening so people are able to travel and then the public's confidence has to return again.... getting more difficult after each lockdown (#4 here in Victoria). The positive is our pinball machines are getting a full service and tune up while closed again

    .... still hanging in there

    #1465 20 days ago
    Quoted from srt-8:

    .... still hanging in there

    Best wishes my friend !
    LTG : )

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    #1466 9 days ago

    Crowds are back.

    No masks if vaccinated (we go by the honor system).

    Air defense system still running on full blast, because extra protection is good.

    Maximum inside at one time: 35.

    We still do 2-hour sessions, but if we are not busy we let people stay as long as they like. Usually only Saturdays and maybe Sundays do we have to clear out every two hours to keep crowd counts down to 35.

    Resuming the sale of food and drinks.

    Resuming tournaments and leagues.

    Selling lots of merch.

    With no masks and incomplete vaccinations, our custom air defense system working in the background helps me sleep at night and feel good about the safety of my employees and guests.

    Installing lots of ColorDMD's and PinSounds lately. If you can't afford new games, make the ones you have better!

    Looks like it'll be a bangin' summer!

    #1467 9 days ago
    Quoted from srt-8:

    We have had to close again sadly here in Australia. After 3 months of great support from the public after being closed for most of last year, we thought things were getting back to normal. Looks like 'normal' is still a LONG way away for us in Australia. Even if this is just a 7 day lockdown, state borders will still be many weeks before opening so people are able to travel and then the public's confidence has to return again.... getting more difficult after each lockdown (#4 here in Victoria). The positive is our pinball machines are getting a full service and tune up while closed again
    .... still hanging in there

    How did this play out down there? IIRC you weren’t really vaccinating because cases were literally zero and if you could prevent it from getting out there with new arrivals there was no virus to guard against.

    Now that US is getting pretty high in % population with first shot and demand for remaining unvaccinated starting to slow I was reading that US is buying a ton of shots to export.

    #1468 9 days ago
    Quoted from desertT1:

    How did this play out down there? IIRC you weren’t really vaccinating because cases were literally zero and if you could prevent it from getting out there with new arrivals there was no virus to guard against.
    Now that US is getting pretty high in % population with first shot and demand for remaining unvaccinated starting to slow I was reading that US is buying a ton of shots to export.

    Yes, we are lagging behind here with vaccinations, although after this last lockdown it seems the rate is picking up. And yes, probably complacency as we have had basically zero cases. But when we do have a handful of cases (that have escaped from quarantine of overseas arrivals), whole cities and states are put into total lockdown. Lets hope with increased vaccinations, this will be the last time.

    On a positive note, we are able to open this weekend here with various precautions in place (masks, distancing etc) .... but with interstate travel still not possible, it will most likely be a quiet weekend (even though would have been very busy being a holiday long weekend). We have some pinball events planned here in the coming weeks (first ones in over a year), so hoping fellow Aussies will be allowed to travel again freely soon

    #1469 8 days ago

    Here in Alberta (Canada) we just re-opened yesterday, 30% capacity limits, masks required, and 6ft distancing rules apply. We have 1/2 the normal number of games setup, 6ft apart. It's been 6 months since we shutdown, so really nice to see some progress.

    Assuming we meet our vaccination target (70% with at least 1 shot) we should be able to fully open without restrictions sometime in July.

    #1470 8 days ago

    LTG How are you doing? Haven't checked in on you in quite awhile.

    #1471 8 days ago
    Quoted from pinball_ric:

    LTG How are you doing? Haven't checked in on you in quite awhile.

    Right now not good. Opened up back in January with restrictions. Had some okay days and bad ones, no great days.

    Over time restrictions were lifted more. Things plugged along.

    Now the recent opening up more and hot weather killed me.

    48 years of experience is gone. No idea or planning when I might be busy or not. Makes bills real fun. And trying to plan things. My computer is being a major pain, if things get better it's going to be replaced with an Intel NUC. Expo is out. Two big reasons. Expenses. And after being closed twice last year. No way I'm going to close for 3 or 4 days in October.

    It took about 4 1/2 years to recover from the video fad flop. And we aren't out of the virus crap a 100% yet.

    So I guess everything is normal. How are you all doing ? Good and healthy I hope !

    LTG : )
    Disclaimer : I am a happy camper today. Did my good deed for the day before I even opened up. What a great day !

    #1472 8 days ago

    I’d think people would want to duck inside and play pinball to get out of the heat. For the first time in months I actually played my own games just to cool off in the basement.

    Myself and a few others on the east side have been talking up your JJP lineup so hopefully you can get some more traffic.

    What’s your current mask policy? I still wear one in public so that makes playing pinball difficult since I’m foggy 4 eyes (wear glasses)

    #1473 8 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    I’d think people would want to duck inside and play pinball to get out of the heat.

    Whole bunch of "water people" in the Land of 10,000 Lakes who don't set foot indoors from like May through September.

    #1474 8 days ago
    Quoted from yancy:

    Whole bunch of "water people" in the Land of 10,000 Lakes who don't set foot indoors from like May through September.

    Not this year. Lots of places closed in the cities due to lifeguard shortages and down in Rochester they had to close their public pool due to misbehaving.

    #1475 8 days ago

    Real water people don't mess around with no public pool. Ten thousand lakes, baby!

    #1476 8 days ago
    Quoted from EJS:

    What’s your current mask policy?

    I still keep an eye on Minnesota rules.

    Not needed if vaccinated.

    Honor system for people to decide if they need them or not.

    LTG : )

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