And finally summer was here! To start the summer out I got this picture.
That is my wrestling coach. His wife had contacted me a few weeks earlier letting me know he was retiring from teaching. Words can not express how much this man means to me and how much of an impact he has had on my life. He is also the toughest human I have ever met. I spent the last week of school reaching out to old teammates and getting a retirement video put together for him as a surprise. All we asked was that if he actually cried we wanted proof and well we succeeded. Again I don't think I am who I am today without this man. Needless to say this was a good start to the summer for me.
From this point me and Daphne (my bull terrier, aka Spudz Mackenzie for those my age or older, aka the target dog for any of you young folks) loaded the car and headed up to our little lake house in southern Michigan which brings us back to our original title of the thread VOLTAN! This is where I planned to do most of the work on this title over my summer vacation. pasted_image (resized).pngpasted_image (resized).png
Wait, that doesn't look like Voltan!? Is probably what you are saying. It isn't, it's a Bally Lost World that I picked up in Indianapolis somewhere between January and May. I don't remember when. It was gutted and had been filled with Christmas lights and was serving as decoration in Rupert's Kids Arcade in Shelbyville, IN. The original owner of the game was now trying to downsize his collection of stuff and posted it for sale and I knew it would be perfect for my needs so I picked it up. I mean you saw that mouse piss infested thing I had to start with, this was a much better alternative.
So drive up after school to enjoy Memorial Day weekend at the lake. First night unload the car. Sleep. Wake up balls early the next morning because my girlfriend Alyssa has to go coach a soccer tournament in South Bend, and I have to drive to Angola, IN to pick up a playfield I had purchased back before Covid was a thing. pasted_image (resized).png pasted_image (resized).pngpasted_image (resized).png
Yep long before CPR had made a Rolling Stones playfield I thought it would be a cool game to build from relative scratch and purchased this assembled playfield. Since that initial purchase djblouw decided he wanted to build it more and he purchased it from me. This playfield was bought from Florida, caught a ride with the original owners brother from Florida to Ohio, and eventually made it's way to their lake house in Angola, IN where I picked it up, and then eventually delivered to Grand Rapids, MI. I'm looking forward to seeing this game restored as it was one of the earliest Ballys I played at TPF back in like 2013 tournament and I really enjoyed it.
Spent as much time as I could that weekend with the dogs and the girlfriend as she had to return for two more weeks of school at her building. Yes she is beautiful, and yes I'm aware I'm very lucky. The dog is cute too. pasted_image (resized).png
We also had a visit from my best friend and his wife. I've known him for 30+ years at this point, couldn't ask for a better friend, and his wife is amazing. We hadn't seen each other in almost 2 years because of the pandemic, once we were together it was like we hadn't missed any time at all. We also realized it was the longest we had ever gone without seeing each other since before I moved to Indiana when I was 6. It was a very nice holiday weekend. pasted_image (resized).png
While they were visiting I got a Pinside message about a game I had agreed to buy. We had a little miscommunication and he thought I was coming on Memorial Day, while I thought I was just coming up sometime that week. No big deal, I'll make it work. Oh wait, I thought you said you were a little north of Grand Rapids, roughly a 1.5 hour drive from my lake, not so bad, but I misread something and turns out it was more like hey I'm in the UP and it's about 4.5 hour drive haha oh well off we go. pasted_image (resized).pngpasted_image (resized).png
2 AM and a bit tired on the drive, lets stop off at a casino for a quick break and lose $100. Forge on and get the game unloaded around 3AM. pasted_image (resized).pngpasted_image (resized).png