My wife and I loved pinball way before kids and bought a pin right after marriage. It is a hobby that we both share a passion for. Kids put a hold on that. Now that the kids are older, we revived that hobby passion. At first it was the thrill of the hunt, fixing them, and tasteful modding that people enjoy. As we acquired them, we enjoyed playing them more and having our own mini-arcade and decorating our arcade room (still on-going). With all of the great NIB pins currently out there, the hunt has turned into "Where can we play that new pin? Is that the next one we want?" And save, save, ... try to save for our latest favorite. We started going to pinball expos and shows to try these new pins. We have met some great people - some we recognize from one show to the next and have some laughs with them. There are some great people here on Pinside that inspire us (even though my daughter says that you enable us). LOL
Escaping the rat race, stress, and distracting us from thoughts of work or the worry of the day has always been the side benefit that helps to feed the addiction to the hobby. So our pinball life adventure keeps morphing into more involvement into this underground hobby.
Truly though it is sharing this fun with my wife. That really makes this great!