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"Meanwhile,.....I was still thinking."

Charles Edward Anderson Berry



No more dancing in Quebec until.......a new year ?

Not much dancing going on in New York either.

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Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
Une règle suivi guéri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule until the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman friend from sighing, there will only be memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build that RRSP of memories in order to joyfully cushion the last stages of life.

I always preferred the exceptional qualities quietly lurking beneath any normal state of affairs. But now, our day to day has been elevated into the realm of the extraordinary via a world wide web of self-promotion fueled by the new dumb. It is anybody's game now.

"Some things are too hot to touch, the human mind can only stand so much - you can't win with a losing hand. " - Zimmy

"Ah...., you god damn writers, never a good word for anything. No one really knows what you will say or do next. All the truth in the world just adds up to one big lie from where you decide to spew out your madness." My Alter Ego.

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4 YEARS AGO - so much has changed, yet.......the song remains the same. yikes !!

Today in Montreal, many things were happening. And this being a Wednesday and/or a hump day sort of thing, depending on how you want to live it, I personally felt a strong need to report back here.

Wednesdays have become wonderful since I took the plunge back in September of 2017 and put in a request with HR go to a 4 day week at P1AG. I remember hesitating at first and laboriously debated requesting this in January of 2018 since I would be turning 55 (yikes !!) and thinking hard about how there are less days ahead than there are behind and selling more than I should to a corp was pathetic and insulting. I am glad I didn't wait, mostly on the advice of my good friend and business partner Jte who is very perceptive and was keeping a close eye on me this summer before the fall came. I seemed to be losing more and more of my better nature back in mid 2017, but hell, "I am feeling much better now". I think many of us have taken a beating in 2017 it seems. Most of my friends who are in this age group (45-55) are wondering what is next and what is waiting in the wings to wallop us into the next year of our existence in these twisted times of obscene hype, noise, dumb opinions, data compilation so powerful that it has begun to limit our choices by gradually and ever so subtly eroding at our freedom and humanity, all the while providing precise and targeted abundance making us feel that we are fortunate even when our desires have become so painfully ordinary and predictable to the all mighty providers of various crap. You and I are now the products of the new marketing teams who have so much dope on how ordinary we have been made to become. Sitting Ducks for Profit Inc. (SDPI for short)

So when Drano texted me this afternoon, I was happy to meet up with him at the North Star when it opened at 5pm. In fact I was planning to be there a little before since there were repairs and some maintenance planned in order to get ready to host the IFPA provincial championships this coming Saturday the 20th. Pinbot got a refresh on its power supply via JamesSchid, and a new 7 digit AN gas display glass which was painstakingly installed by Jordan one of the latest repair apprentices at the North Star. The original display glass was molted and began looking worse and worse, so it was time to react. Faces by Sonic also developed a bug after solving an earlier major hassle yesterday having to do with fish paper which had jumped the out hole switch hence causing continuity to the coin door via the wire form, the guide brackets, the ball itself and finally the apron hooks to the lockdown mechanism- wtf. Never seen anything like this before, yet we nailed it. That is what questioning can do, it makes us see what is not working right.

Drano arrived at the North Star and got twenty bucks worth of tokens which equals 25 games and began at one end of the line up and made his way down. After offering him a drink I asked him that he candidly report any issues he may notice with the machines since he is an experienced player. This to me is the most valuable repair information I can obtain from a person that is questioning because he is also a repair person, and not just a player. This relates to my final point on this thread, wait for it.

Drano had a supper to attend with his co-workers and/or clients at 7:30PM in old Montreal, so off he went from the Main and west to St.Urbain street in order to catch a southbound Uber all the way down to the old port.

Below is my somewhat late report on this new year coming into being in hopes for an awakening on our part in order to acknowledge what we are now becoming and quietly resigning to. It is also a promise to myself in a way and addresses my point about abundance and its consequences on our desires, our choices, our freedom and our humanity fading away via the lack of questioning we have accepted in the face of what we are told we cannot change. All the while we continue to feed information to the big quantum computer in the cloud that is quelling our natural desires in and through knowing what the majority of us will have for supper before we know it ourselves. We have let it know where we are, what we are interested in and who we know, (hence who we really are) and everything else we have given up for mere points and so called rewards. How it interprets and uses this information is out of our control, so we remain sitting ducks and targeted by marketing firms with more precise sights that hitherto. Ducks think they are free, until the gunshot hits.

On the last night of 2017 I was and/or imagined that I was up in Morin Heights celebrating the end of another year along with my new girlfriend's family. Traditional Quebecois meal, heavy on the animal protein and lots & lots of red red wine, music, dancing and exhaustion. Very excessive and exceptional for me I must say. I have learned that one has to be starved and depraved of what is now so easily obtainable and made readily available for the majority of us in the day to day in order to truly enjoy such a programmed and celebratory abundance. So it is a tough sell for me and for some of my smarter friends to partake in such festivities if you already have everything you need to just be OK and well during most of your days and nights of the year. For real, it really doesn't take all that much stuff to be well.

So my solution is to learn to also feed my own chosen desires now, and not to quell them as quickly as soon as they arise. Hence, I am learning to be a more of an accurate degenerate by specialty at this stage of life. It just tastes better and feeds the computer differently.

The morning of the 1st day of 2018 was sunny, light, cold and beautiful in contrast to the heavy & hot nature of the previous night's celebrations. I think I will stop eating anything that once had a face for my own health, I don't see the point of my body being a graveyard for animals. I am fed up with life and death, but I am also too full and beyond feeling well when I do not make my own choices. (Oops, I stand corrected, maybe fish will continue to be the exception to all my rules as it has for over a decade now.) So I will refrain from eating any creature that takes care of its young, how is that for an original choice, fish lays eggs and split the scene soon after so they are fair game. How is that for an uncommon new years resolution ?

So all my hopes to you and yours for an exceptional 2018 A.D. Let's at least make it better than 2017, especially for those who have lacked in peace, health, humour, good work, artistic expression, friendship, love and joy in doses that do not render us insensitive and stund/abruti/mastool and ungrateful etc.

From the first page of my philosophical repair thread, which I started over four years ago - (do a google search for "pinball repair philosophy" and it will lead you there)

"Let us hope that the horrors of evil no longer loiter on the doorsteps of your path, beckoning you into the brothel of despair, and that herein after you may present them with the most rigid manifestations of a firm and manly will." Jack Kerouac
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Bally 1936 "Bumper" - North Star 1950 "Richelieu" - Universal 1950 "Feature Bell" - Gottlieb 1952 "Queen of Hearts" - Williams 1960 "Ten Spot" - Gottlieb 1971 "Challenger" - Williams 1973 "OXO" - Gottlieb 1973 "Hot Shot" - Bally 1976 "Bonanza"

Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
Une règle suivi guéri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule until the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman friend from sighing, there will only be memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build that RRSP of memories in order to joyfully cushion the last stages of life.

I always preferred the exceptional qualities quietly lurking beneath any normal state of affairs. But now, our day to day has been elevated into the realm of the extraordinary via a world wide web of self-promotion fueled by the new dumb. It is anybody's game now.

"Some things are too hot to touch, the human mind can only stand so much - you can't win with a losing hand. " - Zimmy

"Ah...., you god damn writers, never a good word for anything. No one really knows what you will say or do next. All the truth in the world just adds up to one big lie from where you decide to spew out your madness." My Alter Ego.

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The new year has arrived.

Time marches on folks. and lately, some of us may be feeling its morbid stomps getting louder. There should be no surprise there, time has always marched on, but lately it resonates loudly within us via its' natural exercise.

We also know life my friends. And as we grow older little by little, the sharper ones of us who still know how to grow from the working out of our experiences and hence are coming to know more things. Much more relevant things about our human condition which is now married to and accompanied by this weird information age that is quickly providing answers and saving us the grief of questioning, hence thinking for ourselves in many cases. But there is no more fooling with us, (the older gens) or trying to sell us hype as the world accelerates towards an adjustment. Partly due to this pandemic, and other things unpleasant, we have come to know time once again. Being older and maybe smarter (i.e. still learning via experience), we are in the way of progress in this information age since our bullshit meters have been triggered once again by the latest group of scoundrels and unreliable goats. We have involuntarily gone into high alert. Learning as we did by making mistakes is not the same as how learning happens in this new age, - the i-phone generation is “learning” by avoiding the problems they have recognized and typed in, there are less questions now since someone (later something) has solved what they have described as the issue and which has been agreed to be identified as such..

And for those of us who still communicate with ease on a more verbal & soulful manner off this forum, we know and recognize that time has gained something on us. we are in the way of a future that is not ours.


FYI

According to the Christian calendar this is the year 2022. That is pretty much what we use around here to agree on dates for the large majority of our business dealings and other things silly. So in accordance with the latter measuring stick, I will be at work and selling parts and repair services tomorrow January 4th & going forward forever more and do not plan to sit idle no matter what we are dealing with in this foul first month of 2022. Acting responsibly towards others and the social order is not to be taken lightly, and I understand the rule of responsibility towards others and the freedom we enjoy in return. So for all those regular & loyal clients who believe in keeping pinball alive in their homes (since playing in public seems to be taking another nasty blow) I am available as I have been since 1990 & going forward.

In the late 1980's the operators I dealt with & the big wigs at Laniel Automatic laughed at my idea for a new home service repair business and said that I would starve to death in catering to that small market. Now operator clients, (the few that are left) and which come to Alouette for parts are beginning to ask if they can work with me. I politely say no, I only work with people who know how to work and am as big as I want to be without compromising quality for quantity. You can't teach proper repair skills of these devices in a year, it takes at least five years of hands on to learn to do good & solid repair work on these complex machines, you have to see stuff for yourself over years of wear and tear. And especially for others who pay you & trust that you have their interests in mind, you need to be accountable and deliver what you say you will deliver. So sometimes enough is plenty & properly manageable is also plenty. There is no real need to go further since this is a dying business like most older businesses that have existed in another time, also because the younger gens are more interested in a new reality. We once again see that the only constant throughout all time is change. Getting caught up in the game of rapid growth via various economic boosters in businesses that don't need them can often lead to a premature end, like giving steroids to someone who is weak because they are at the end. It is all in the timing and as I said above, some of us know time mostly because we have been here for a while.

KAPLA !!
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Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
Une règle suivi guéri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule until the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman friend from sighing, there will only be memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build that RRSP of memories in order to joyfully cushion the last stages of life.

I always preferred the exceptional qualities quietly lurking beneath any normal state of affairs. But now, our day to day has been elevated into the realm of the extraordinary via a world wide web of self-promotion fueled by the new dumb. It is anybody's game now.

"Some things are too hot to touch, the human mind can only stand so much - you can't win with a losing hand. " - Zimmy

"Ah...., you god damn writers, never a good word for anything. No one really knows what you will say or do next. All the truth in the world just adds up to one big lie from where you decide to spew out your madness." My Alter Ego.

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Many of us are still on this rotating planet. (orb)
We need to get jobs done efficiently & effectively.

We rely heavily on the good friends like Ro-bear. (RAB-bear)
To take what we know is true and move forward despite all of it.

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WARLOCK wrote:
Tue Jan 04, 2022 3:13 am
Many of us are still on this rotating planet. (orb)
We need to get jobs done efficiently & effectively.

We rely heavily on the good friends like Ro-bear. (RAB-bear)
To take what we know is true and move forward despite all of it.
Thanks my friend. Kerouac wrote, " I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion", and humbly, I feel the same way about the world these days. However, I am still pretty bang on lately at recognizing scoundrels, manipulators and their inane babble. As Steve Young put it to me last month, "Your bullshit meter is on high alert these days Robert, I can deduct this from what you are recounting lately."

Warlock, l also wish to thank you for your insights having to do with how you interpret human reactions and behaviour. Those reactions we are seeing bursting forth in an anxious thoughtless manner in the face of various sources of information are troubling to say the least. Your observations have been a great source of ideas for my writings of late in putting things in order sort of speak. Loud reactionary behaviour sparked by fear in the face of not knowing what has happened to what we use to call truth has grown exponentially, to now use a common term. Again, truth is temporal and has probably never really existed for extended periods of time in our history except for maybe scientific observations that managed to have been locked down and agreed upon as a basis for a reality perceived. Lately, I think that what we are told, and what is being held up as truth has been left to the loudest town crier who is more than likely after something else than trying to put out facts that can last, at least for a while, so that we may be allowed to act responsibly on some ground. Again if there ever were any facts, or at best if there are any left that stand up these days for the masses, I hope there will be enough time to act and benefit from their focus before they change again. But with all these people lying and twisting words & catch phrases to some advantage or another, I feel uneasy, uneasy to take action based on what is being put out there. Then comes being fed up and action takes hold.

Let me just say that the many discussions you and I have had lately about the "déroulement" of our social situation during this pandemic has enlightened and kept me one step ahead of the bullshit and the fear that looms over many populations keeping them from running out of control. You my friend have an uncanny intuition about things, especially concerning what the media puts out and makes the majority of the population go "oh no, this can't be true, this is terrible !". Indeed, we are going through another major world wide adjustment, and yes it hurts so many of us who believe that change is not necessary at this point because we almost had all our damn ducks in a row sort of speak and somehow many of us work hard to settle into a world of private and comfortable ease. But many of us, especially the smarter ones half-heartedly believed that we were okay before this bug hit. We were not, and only a total dummy would believe that we were living in a world that was getting overall smarter, more humane and better for populations & where they roam. And now, this period of change may go either way, and at best it may adjust our direction in how dumb we have let ourselves become by depending on whatever was offered to us claiming that it would improve our lives in the bustling city where there is so much money and happiness to be had.

I sincerely hope that what we are being subject to, especially in the service industries lately is not just another vote for the advent of artificial intelligence since we are becoming less able to engage people from the masses to perform even the simplest tasks without so many difficulties and carelessness and errors largely due to lack of training. Hell, let me tell you about the guy at the koodo/telus/bell (and who knows what else) I had to explain things to a while back. Wow, I was blown away by how much he cared about explaining (i.e. providing service) & helping me in replacing my cell phone which had vanished one night in December on Saint Urbain street. I am not a Karen, but I had to tell him a few things up front in order to make him stand up straight which he was unable to do and look attentive at the same time.

So, well, yes, I say, this is happening and we are going to face it as responsible men and women and address this until we come out of it, one way or the other. Mental health has suffered, and you can almost see it deteriorate after every news annoucement having to do with restrictions. And in the streets of our cities it is starting to hit harder on the people who were already on a decline, and yes people will die and it will take more time to heal than a decade providing that we are granted tyhe stability to recover, but by then who knows what fresh hell we will have to deal with as we go through a sordid period of finger pointing between nations, political beliefs and all matter of righteous american morons once this pandemic subsides.

Hence it makes sense that the mainstream media is also getting dumber (especially below us) and turning to selling news as entertainment as to help us keep up with what someone has decided is a useful truth in these times of uncertainty. So they continue to add to this soup of despair and division since we believe that we are such smart individuals and important to the continuation of all things. And up here, we need to stay educated and keep educating people, since it is harder to make educated people believe opinions that benefit shit disturbers and greedheads. In a nut shell example, Québec is a dictatorship and English Canada are a bunch of dumb shop keepers. None of that is absolutely true. Big business may be the problem with politicians dancing to a beat that doesn't jive with the initial idea of people first represented by elected officials. And the fact that people are becoming superfluous in the advent of technology is also something we will have to deal with eventually. But business doesn't want to wait too long until it can practice its fanfare and futility once again, lest people may forget that they can do without so much garbage and still be well, even happy with much less than what is promoted and sold as essential and a "must have" or else you will miss out. Damn !

Once this pandemic fades enough in order to allow us to breathe without so much obstruction & caution, there will be about a year of finger pointing amongst nations, smaller groups & schools of thought and all this will generate a climate of more division than we have seen hitherto and that is where we will have to be braver than we have ever been, because when a small trigger event occurs within as sensitive a climate as that, anything can and will happen and explode into something far more devastating than this here pandemic, and that is the real danger of a new post crisis world order.

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Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
Une règle suivi guéri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule until the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman friend from sighing, there will only be memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build that RRSP of memories in order to joyfully cushion the last stages of life.

I always preferred the exceptional qualities quietly lurking beneath any normal state of affairs. But now, our day to day has been elevated into the realm of the extraordinary via a world wide web of self-promotion fueled by the new dumb. It is anybody's game now.

"Some things are too hot to touch, the human mind can only stand so much - you can't win with a losing hand. " - Zimmy

"Ah...., you god damn writers, never a good word for anything. No one really knows what you will say or do next. All the truth in the world just adds up to one big lie from where you decide to spew out your madness." My Alter Ego.

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