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Yet another RotorDave travel odyssey thread! Texas,Oklahoma,Pittsburgh


By rotordave

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Righty ho!

Just a few days after the madness of Kiwi Pincade, and having 100 punters at my house, Danni, Fiona and I are at Auckland airport about to board a plane to Houston.

Danni is now the 5th ranked Woman's pinball player in the world so she qualifies to play in the Woman's World Champs played Thursday 16 March in Dallas. We will both play at Pinmasters Pingolf champs the next day.

After that, the infamous kiwis NICKS FIGUUUUURES and YEE show up and we roadtrip to the top of Texas for a steak at the world famous Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66 in Amarillo. Probably drive a bit of R66 over to OK City and then head back down to Dallas.

Then we will hit up the Texas Pinball Festival, and then do a circumnavigation of the state of Texas, touring the BBQ pits of the longhorn state. Then, we fly over to Pittsburgh for PAPA and then back home.

Look forward to catching up with fellow Pinsiders as we travel around the states for the next 5 weeks!

rd

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#2 2 years ago

Have a safe journey and a lot of fun !

LTG : )

#3 2 years ago

Cool! Your travel odyssey threads are the best. Looking forward to lots of pics and also getting to meet you guys at PAPA!

#4 2 years ago

This should be fun. I love these threads. Sucks I can't make it to TPF this year though. Guess I'll be living vicariously again.

#5 2 years ago

cool, see you at tpf.

#6 2 years ago

Hey Dave, we'll be in Houston for the rodeo (it's the whole month, I believe) but I think we'll be there during TPF, I'll check the dates, maybe we can meet up somewhere in that big state.

#7 2 years ago

enjoy your trip guys and happy pinballin'

#8 2 years ago

San Antonio welcomes you!

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from Alamo_Pin:

San Antonio welcomes you!

San Antonio welcomed me,lovely place.

Have a fun trip Dave and family!

#10 2 years ago

Have a safe trip Dave , Fiona , and Danni .

Are you sure the U.S. is ready for the Nick and Yee onslaught ?

#11 2 years ago

Way to go Danni!!!
Safe travels Dave and enjoy the adventure.
Looking forward to following the antics here on Pinside.

#12 2 years ago

Congrats Danni! My wife and I will be there with my daughter Sarah watching the women's championship as well. See you there!

#13 2 years ago

Safe Travels mate!

Always enjoy these threads! Good luck in women's nationals Danni!!!!

#14 2 years ago

Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip. I'm looking forward to seing y'all at TPF. And Dave, as I mentioned, please do not hesitate to contact me if there's anything you need while in Houston.

#15 2 years ago

You beauty! Looking forward to this. Have a safe trip and good luck to Danni.

#16 2 years ago

Nice see you Kiwis next week. Let's grab some brisket.

#17 2 years ago

You guys should try and make the tourney at Nickelrama in Garland wednesday night. Aerosmith on location, get in some practice.

#18 2 years ago
Quoted from MrArt2u:

Hey Dave, we'll be in Houston for the rodeo (it's the whole month, I believe) but I think we'll be there during TPF, I'll check the dates, maybe we can meet up somewhere in that big state.

Sounds sweet Art! Catch you there!

rd

#19 2 years ago
Quoted from MIL:

Have a safe trip Dave , Fiona , and Danni .
Are you sure the U.S. is ready for the Nick and Yee onslaught ?

Yeah Scotty, I unleashed them on Chicago Expo and Las Vegas in 2015 and nobody got arrested. That I know of ...

rd

#20 2 years ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Nice see you Kiwis next week. Let's grab some brisket.

Sounds good ... be hard to beat Fette Sau in Brooklyn though! But we will test them all and find out!

Quoted from Frax:

You guys should try and make the tourney at Nickelrama in Garland wednesday night. Aerosmith on location, get in some practice.

Sounds like an idea ... we haven't even seen one yet, let alone played one.

rd

#21 2 years ago

Hey y'all!

Thanks for all of the nice comments and support. It means a lot.

I will obviously be posting on here too along with rotordave, but for now I'm gonna go eat food and sleep.

#22 2 years ago

Hell yes Will be great seeing you guys again... maybe we can get the Aussies to talk about their toilets at dinner again

#23 2 years ago
Quoted from chadderack:

Hell yes Will be great seeing you guys again... maybe we can get the Aussies to talk about their toilets at dinner again

That's always a highlight ....

We are already taking odds on who will be the first to bung up a hotel toilet.

rd

#24 2 years ago

After no sleep on the 13 hour flight to Houston, today was a "muck around acclimation" day. We do that to settle into the time zone. Got up after midday local time (which is about 7am NZ time) now we are set for the holiday.

Went to Americas Best Eyewear for some new glasses for Danni. $69 for two nice pairs of glasses and an eye exam. Cheap cheap cheap!!

Hit up Dickies BBQ for our first texas BBQ meal. Food was cheap, and good.

Brisket $7 and pork $5 for 1/2 pound. Pork was nice and juicy (but not fatty) and brisket had a nice Smokey flavour and nice bark on the edge.

Also went to a Western boot store and checked out some boots and Stetsons. While in Rome ....

rd

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#25 2 years ago

Had a good day settling in after waking up at 1 am in the afternoon.

Did some shoppin' and as you can tell, I was lovin' it.

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Seriously I loved it so much. The boots that I saw at Boot Barn were the best thing ever and I wanted to buy the whole shop.

And then had some actually really nice sliders at Dickies, which were definitely top notch. (Pork, brisket, & chicken, and I liked the pork the most because it had the best flavour, just for the record ).

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#26 2 years ago

Love your travel threads Dave. You travel more around the US that most of us do that live here. Have a safe one above all else.

Be careful of all that BBQ, you know what that does to a body.

#27 2 years ago
Quoted from Methos:

Be careful of all that BBQ, you know what that does to a body.

Yeah, I can forsee the toilet blockages already.

Seriously though, some BBQ meat is fine. Just not the litre of soda they give you. We share that one drink between the whole family.

We mix in plenty of salads on the non BBQ days so hopefully we will survive the BBQ meat fest ok.

rd

#28 2 years ago

See you all at nationals on Thursday!
And TPF the following week, but I'm flying back to Colorado in between.

#29 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

We do that to settle into the time zone. Got up after midday local time (which is about 7am NZ time) now we are set for the holiday

Well, that went well. When I finally went to sleep at 530am.

Time zone adjustment fail.

rd

#30 2 years ago

Welcome to H-town

#31 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Also went to a Western boot store and checked out some boots and Stetsons.

How about getting some custom boots made with pinball machine silhouettes (instead of guns, snakes, playing cards, cactus, etc.)?

#32 2 years ago
Quoted from c508:

How about getting some custom boots made with pinball machine silhouettes (instead of guns, snakes, playing cards, cactus, etc.)?

Just buy some spurs and wear them with your sneakers. You'll get some strange looks but folks will be impressed by your gumption.

#33 2 years ago

Galveston, oh, Galveston,
I still hear your seawinds blowing;
I still see her dark eyes glowing.
She was twenty one, when I left Galveston.
Galveston, oh, Galveston,
I still hear your seawaves crashin,
while I watch the cannons flashin'.
I clean my gun, and dream of Galveston.

I still see her standing by the water,
Standing there looking out to sea.
And is she waiting there for me,
On the beach where we used to run?
Galveston, oh!

So, if you didn't guess, we went to Galveston today.

It's an island on the Gulf of Mexico, about an hours drive south of Houston.

It was a big port town in 1850-1900, being the busiest port in the USA (due to cotton exports) and the biggest city in Texas. Now its port is home to cruise ships.

The town has a number of large mansions which shows the wealth that the port bought to Galveston back in the late 1800s. Almost every building in The Strand (the historic shopping district) was built around 1870. 150 years old!

There's a lot of holiday homes around the island, and a big pier with roller coasters and other stuff.

Today, the place was cold (50f/10c) and reeked of faded glory. I'm sure there is a crowd that shows up in the summer months. Plenty of empty and part restored commercial property.

I even found a Dr Who in the Strand toy store! Quite tidy too!

rd

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#34 2 years ago

If you've read my other threads, you'll know I'm fascinated by empty buildings.

Why is it empty?
What was in here?
Why isn't it still here now?
What the hell are they doing with this valuable real estate?

Found a cool one in Galveston today. Lots of other empty ones, but this one was the tallest. They'd been doing some work on it, but their interest seems to have waned somewhat...

I think my fascination comes from the fact that we don't have any empty buildings like this back home. The land is too valuable so buildings are never empty .. there's always a tenant to fill them.

rd

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#35 2 years ago

Hey Dave,
Once you are in Amarillo, check out the Cadillac Ranch just west of town on the south side. A Texas rancher buried 10 brand new Cadillac's in the ground at the same angle. One caddy for each year in 1950?. They are beat up now, but a good place to stretch your legs. Watch out for a million freakin' Prairie Dogs too. Cool little buggers....

ZAPCON in Mesa/Phoenix AZ in late April as a reminder....just a short jaunt.

#36 2 years ago

Then later we drove into Houston for a look see.

Hit up a Guitar Centre and the Hard Rock (Fiona collects Hard Rock glasses from every city we go too..)

The Houston Hard Rock had the best music I've heard in a HRC for a long time, all Hard Rock/metal the whole time we were there. When we toured the east coast last year, they were all playing top 40 crap, which was a real downer. It's not called the Top 40 Cafe now, is it ... crank it up.

rd

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#37 2 years ago
Quoted from BenetBoy78:

Hey Dave,
Once you are in Amarillo, check out the Cadillac Ranch just west of town on the south side. A Texas rancher buried 10 brand new Cadillac's in the ground at the same angle. One caddy for each year in 1950?. They are beat up now, but a good place to stretch your legs. Watch out for a million freakin' Prairie Dogs too. Cool little buggers..

Yep! Went there when we drove Route 66. The other kiwis want to go there so we will take them along. Those caddies have an amazing amount of paint layers on them ... like 1/4" thick.

Fiona loves Prairie Dogs. She wants to take some home in the suitcase.

rd

#38 2 years ago

Being me back a Mousin Around. Ta.

#39 2 years ago

Looking forward to another epic travel thread and hope to meet all y'all at TPF.

#40 2 years ago
Quoted from Kiwipinhead:

Being me back a Mousin Around. Ta.

I got you a Mario Andretti instead. The things I do ...

rd

#41 2 years ago

The high kicks are back, Classic

#42 2 years ago

I was just gonna say the same thing about the high kicks. Have a safe trip Dave and family.

#43 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

If you've read my other threads, you'll know I'm fascinated by empty buildings.
Why is it empty?
What was in here?
Why isn't it still here now?
What the hell are they doing with this valuable real estate?
Found a cool one in Galveston today. Lots of other empty ones, but this one was the tallest. They'd been doing some work on it, but their interest seems to have waned somewhat...
I think my fascination comes from the fact that we don't have any empty buildings like this back home. The land is too valuable so buildings are never empty .. there's always a tenant to fill them.
rd

The reason is Hurricane Ike in 2009. When my son & I drove down to Houston in 2011, I made sure to take him to Galveston to see the damage. So many damaged, empty buildings since Insurance COmpaNies are your friend; until something goes wrong.....

#44 2 years ago
Quoted from MrBally:

The reason is Hurricane Ike in 2009. When my son & I drove down to Houston in 2011, I made sure to take him to Galveston to see the damage. So many damaged, empty buildings since Insurance COmpaNies are your friend; until something goes wrong.....

Yep, I read about that. And the catastrophic one back in 1900.

All the beach house out in the bayou were up on large poles, the water must rise up quite high some times.

rd

#45 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

I got you a Mario Andretti instead. The things I do ...
rd

Close enough then.

#46 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Yep, I read about that. And the catastrophic one back in 1900.
All the beach house out in the bayou were up on large poles, the water must rise up quite high some times.
rd

Wind can do quite a bit of damage but water sure messes things up as well. Research Hurricanes Katrina and Rita if you can. They sure messed up the casino business along the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Louisiana in 2005.

Those Contraflow signs on I-45 are there for a reason....

#47 2 years ago
Quoted from rotordave:

Then later we drove into Houston for a look see.
Hit up a Guitar Centre ... crank it up.
rd

I shit in the tank of their toilet and then went to go see Batman Begins. They deserved it.

#48 2 years ago

Welcome back to the states, love your travel posts. Best of luck to Danni too.

#49 2 years ago
Quoted from jahbarron:

I shit in the tank of their toilet and then went to go see Batman Begins. They deserved it.

An upper decker? Nice one!

rd

#50 2 years ago

So, what vehicles and/or pins are coming back with you this time Dave?

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