Quoted from MrBally:
Lots of takers going to be lining up to do it for zero dollars if the transaction would stipulate something like that. Maybe if you could fund a residential unit at The Signature at MGM Grand and lease a couple of exotic cars; he might find a taker.
I can draw on my pensions soon so I'd CONsider it. Don't know if I can repair a pinball machine though.... As a bonus, my people skills resemble those of a certain pinball museum curator I know. At least both of our people skills are a bit better than the PHoF master of ceremonies though.
It is so easy to sit back and say 'I'd do this, I'd do that' when you haven't been in the arena. Have people criticize you every day for years and years. Have people tell you how to run your business every day for years and years. Then see how good your people skills are.
I own a golf course. I've got a background in the golf industry. The course I purchased was a shithole when I bought it. The first three or four years, I was a hero because anything that I did was an improvement over what it was. But then people's expectations change, and every day people will say 'why don't you do this, why don't you do that,' when they have never been in the industry and have no idea what's involved and how much it costs, not to mention that Mother Nature has most of the say. Combine that with having limited resources, and there is only so much you can do. Not every course is going to be Augusta National. I'm passionate about what I do. I'm passionate about my course. I pour everything I have into this place. I am truly living my dream.
There are times when I do get overwhelmed. Lessons at 9, 10, 11, 12. Clubfitting at 1 and 2. Need to get four sets of clubs re-gripped, and oh, 45 boxes need to be ready for UPS by 3 p.m. Meeting at 4 p.m. with someone wanting to set up a fundraiser. League at 5:30 with 40 people. Have a tournament here with an 8 a.m. shotgun start tomorrow with 72 people. I've got two carts that went down today that I need for the morning. My irrigation pump just seized up and it's supposed to be 85 degrees tomorrow. What do you mean you can't come in to mow greens tomorrow morning? You HAVE to be here! Oh yeah, we're feeding the tournament.
There have been lots of nights where I feel like I'm getting up an hour after I went to bed. Oh yeah, that's exactly what I did!
I'm sure Tim has felt this same way. 10 machines down, 15 machines down. Have an event coming in, or know it's going to be one of my 'busy' days. You feel that pressure. Pinball is his passion. But I'm sure there are times when his passion can overwhelm him. Maybe it will end up killing him. Maybe my passion will end up killing me. Hey, we all are going to bite it one of these days. I just HOPE when I do, it's while I'm doing something at the golf course, doing something I love. Bury me where I drop. I hope it's behind the 5th green. He probably feels the same way.
Not ripping on you. Just pointing out that it's very easy to judge when you haven't been in someone's shoes. I've never been to Tim's place, but I'd like to. I've read a lot of positive comments about his place, and I've read a lot of negs as well. I'm sure I'd be disappointed that some games I'd like to play wouldn't be available. But to be in that place, with all of those machines, and to see the evolution of pinball machines all under one roof, and to get to play even some of those games, I think it would be an awesome experience.
My two cents. It's time for a beer and a few games on No Good Gofers.