I have a friend who does salvage work and property cleaning. He called me yesterday and asked if I was interested in a Wild Wild West pinball machine that he had just removed from a property. He knew I was into pinball so on his way to the dump he swung by my house to show me.
When he opened the back of the trailer I saw a 1969 Gottlieb pinball machine, legs off and the head still attached. As well pulled in out my heart sank, there in the upper left corner of the playfield was the remains of a mouse nest. Ugh.
He explaIned that the house had been a hoarders and they found the machine in one of the bedroom almost completely covered in stuff. He asked if I was still interested and looking at it I could see the plastics were good, combined with the lockbar and decent backglass I still was. I am not one to let a machine get dropped into the dump without a fight so we disconnected the head (and I showed him how to do it if he finds another pinball machine someday) and lugged it into my driveway. He offered to just give it to me but I insisted on giving him $50 for his time and for thinking of me. So he drove off $50 richer and I had a potential mouse habitant in my driveway. What a way to start the week!