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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:03 pm

There is life. We know that.

What is the next big thing we need to do once we have accepted the above ? That is the question. What will we build and/or create that is bigger than us alone ? Are we able to take the responsibility to create beyond our own capacities now that we find ourselves alive ?

The North Star just opened, so I got to go and "be" there.

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A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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Postby cdnpinballer » Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:27 pm

The only things good about the past are the good memories and learning from mistakes.

Making a mistake is fine except if you make the same mistake again in the future. 'Should have learned the first time'.

Like when you install the head of a pinball machine but the cord is still in the cabinet.

A guy with strong faith said something to me yesterday. He said when you read someone's tombstone there are usually 4 parts. The person's name, their birth date, a dash and their date of death.

The dash is the most important part. Make the most of the dash.

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Postby Sparky » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:59 pm

cdnpinballer wrote:
Like when you install the head of a pinball machine but the cord is still in the cabinet...


I still do that after 20 years in the hobby.... and I laugh every time.

Repeat mistakes are not a bad thing.... your attitude towards the mistakes determine if it is bad or not.

Laugh about it, it will make you smile. That's good.

Get mad, and nothing good will come from it.

Might as well find the humor in things. We have one trip on this mudball. Any time spent frustrated is just wasted.
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Postby Guard » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:21 am

I'm more of a "start the game with the ball in your pocket" kind of guy then a "can't put the back on because I forgot to place the cord properly" one.....

And everytime i laugh at how I managed to forget again......
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Postby Sparky » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:16 am

Greetings all,

Well, it is no secret that the following week will be a scorcher. They are calling for 3 days at around 35C and the heat won't break until Friday.

Please make sure that you are all staying as cool as possible. And also, check with your neighbors to see if they are ok. Especially the elderly.

Stay safe, and keep on playing!
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Postby Guard » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:11 am

Not far from pin to pool....
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Postby Sparky » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:59 pm

8pm... 30+ degrees out, no wind, and other than a 1hr break for supper, Brian has been at the bimper cars straight since 2pm.

Good grief.... lol... Fucker ain't getting my car keys in 4 years.

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Postby R.A.B. » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:58 am

Up early today after a good work day yesterday. Client picked up his working BLY "Hocus Pocus" from the shop we set up on JamesSchid's first floor workspace in the Plateau. It is always rewarding to see the client get so excited once they play the game for the first time in years and everything is working as it should. Not only are they happy to pay, they are smiling the whole way through.

Took an early morning drive around Griffintown and drove by the Crane building and remembered a bunch of stuff. It never ceases to amaze me how the meaning of things change through time. Everything is always in flux.
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Postby R.A.B. » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:53 pm

Hot enough for ya ? It is going to get hotter, and this is good for business.

Will be going stir crazy tomorrow for sure, stuck inside I reckon. Went out today and poured sweat within 10 minutes on the way to visit my mother who still makes me nervous by the sheer energy she harbours at 87. Damn that lady is something. Hats off !!

Think I will catch a movie tomorrow with my neighbour (La chute de l’empire américain) since my Premier card from my ex-employer is still valid at any Cineplex in Canada so getting in past the ticket booth is free, but popcorn isn't, unless you can fork out a certain amount of pocket change, i.e. toonies. I think the movie theaters will be full tomorrow, and that may bring their shares up for a while.

Where the rubber meets the air or where the rubber meets the road ? Where do you want want to leave your mark ? We hopefully have learned what is hype away from what we can see as for real. Hell, there is no going back to hype and appearances for me, I am done with that. I trust myself to do what I know how to do. I do not need a new augmented reality, the one where the real work gets done suits me just fine.

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Une règle suivi gueri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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Postby OTTOgd » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:52 pm

Finallee compleetd my 'Tri-Speak-&' collekshun 2day with Speek & Speld ! *phew*

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Postby WARLOCK » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:26 am

My younger brother...
And my older brother...
Are both far more clever than I am...
I'm still running around like an idiot/ant/peon...

Results pending my brothers...
More soon, heat depending...

Cheers/Salut .........

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Postby R.A.B. » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:56 pm

WARLOCK wrote:My younger brother...
And my older brother...
Are both far more clever than I am...
I'm still running around like an idiot/ant/peon...

Results pending my brothers...
More soon, heat depending...

Cheers/Salut .........


Hell, in this heat, I don't know which one of us is more clever. I reckon that we are all fools and fodder to electricity and cool water these days, especially as we cross middle age which is already making us stupid by the sheer force of things, and add to this losing our energy and gumption and testosterone. I am totally zonked from the past days of heat, and even though I am still able to function, I really would just like some cool air other than what comes out of an air conditioner, that dry and sterile coolness that holds no smell of summer and of real life. Man made crap blows. Let mother nature sit on your face instead when she isn't as angry as she is these days. Man it is hot out there and this may be a consequences of something industrial man refuses to admit. It's a good thing that Trump says it ain't so, I am really putting all my faith in that screwhead these days. Again, the heat, the heat is making me believe things out of sheer zonkiness.

There is no way I can be outside for more than an hour at a time before realizing that I am unable to make a smart decision, say the right thing, or act accordingly with something or other that asks for my help.

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Postby R.A.B. » Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:16 pm

All in all it was a little less humid today in Montreal than last week, but that is not what I really want to report here, it is just the usual preamble to today's news. People talk about the weather in elevators and such, but here I am mostly a weatherman in winter as some of you may have observed over the years when I am looking for an explanation as to why I feel the way I do in that season. Summer should remain for the more colourful nature of our beings, and I am chalk full of that I tell ya.

And I would also like to state that the idiom, "no news is good news" only applies to mainstream media, and this is not what we have here on The MAACA Daily News. We are of another and different inclination. I work hard at this and I hope you folks will make the attempt as well.

At work today I made serious headway at the purchasing and sales levels, and had the pleasure of seeing two great MAACA members and friends who came in to help with in house repairs.

Chnill came by on his day off from his square job to help with system 80 circuit board repairs and displays. We talked about lots of interesting stuff as usual. Cybercid came by in the afternoon to help with a Need for Speed computer that needed some encouragement, and also expressed some great ideas about life itself. And this is my point. There is so much talent here on MAACA that we can not afford to be segregated by any borders or quick judgments. This industry will never be as big as it was, but the diversity may compensate soemhow. We have the ability to fix machines from the 40's to the 21st century in our relatively small group of freaks. Back in the 70's and 80's when the industry was as big as Hollywood, there was no such wide spread knowledge in such a small group of people, or was there, and did they know eachother as friends ? Did they understand that everything would change faster than the climate ?
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A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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Postby cait001 » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:33 pm

always appreciate photos of bingo guts
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Postby R.A.B. » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:02 pm

Last Thrusday I brought Joanna (one of the best & latest apprentices at the North Star) to work with me at Alouette. The deal was for her to do a complete playfield clean up on a Bally "Bow & Arrow". My boss told me that this gane was a basket case and that no one there could fix it properly. Well, I fixed it two weeks ago and could never find enough time away from my duties in the parts dept to do the playfield clean up before it goes to the showroom.

I asked the service manager if I could bring in Joanna to do the playfield grunt work in exchange for parts that she needed to refurbish the WLL "Time Warp" I brought back for her from Pincon. Pierre said OK after he saw the list of stuff Joanna requested, and she did a fabulous job making Bow & Arrow look as good as it could. She got a bag of rubber rings, lamps, casters, leds, bananna flippers etc.

She also brought a young energy to this old shop and the other techs appreciated her good energy. I tell ya, I am never working for a big corporation ever again when see good synergies jive like this. Everybody profits from these types of deals, not just the greedhead shareholders and I truly believe that this is how things grow organically. I work hard at making everyone win and in the same vain I want to take this opportunity to thank all those MAACA members who are buying parts from me, - you guys are voting for something different and more real everytime you place an order, you are the ones who will keep this parts dept and knowhow alive.

HUGE THANKS - I think we may be on to something here that can not be calculated by the corporate accountants.

Hugs,

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Une règle suivi gueri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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Postby cait001 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:18 pm

that's so lovely to hear, RAB!
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Postby OTTOgd » Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:21 pm

Watched Incredibles 2 (which was pretty good!) with wife-n-kids at Silvercity Brampton and then played the only pin thanks to a free credit! Game played well! ... but I didn't, darnit.

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Postby R.A.B. » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:06 pm

Apparently air conditioning is pretty determental. It seems to increase that subtle slow rising "dumbness" that I am experiencing from this extremely hot and humid weather of late. Someone told me that recently, and I can't rememebr who right now, but they said that I should drive my car these daze with the windows down instead of the AC blaring and to turn the ac down at home. I was told this one more time after I parked my car the wrong way at work today and almost drove it into the garbage container. Like most of us, I look for places that are cooler, which these dyas are indoors, and yet, I hate staying confined inside in the Montreal summers. So I am a prime subject to becoming a fluttering dumbass who can't make a smart decision or park a car properly lately from moving into different weather zones.

So tonight you folks get to here the rambling of a heat/cooled raaaab. Isn't this what the daily news is for ? - to keep us informed about eachother and the community of errors, successes, mishaps and joys of our passions which our memories will surely incite something or other to boot in our brains ? (Fawk, did I say that or just think it?) Hell, I don't feel the deep passions of my youth about pinball anymore, yet I remember them so clearly that it hurts me and torments me to no end. It is like heroin, you know that it is bad for you, but it feels so damn good. Tricky shit.

Let me tell ya about a Bally machine from 1958 that I thought I owned in 1991. The cabinet stood in storage position on the right side of the cement wall of my grandmother's garage, it was the first one in that row. And when you opened that wooden green door with an illco key, there it was at first sight upright and headless. The garage door was very heavy, even for a younger man since it was made of solid wood when the house was built back in 1969. Once opened in 1991, it revelaed 16 woodrails plus some partials that I had bought for approx. 135 bones each from Rattelle Amusmenets in Joliette through Paul Campeau, an old time operator - god rest his soul since he was a real bastard. There were 32 woodrails and some 1960's machines in the lot which I split with a collector buddy at the time, Ron Gratton, god rest his soul cause he was also a bit of a bastard as well. I was young and eager and full of dreams about what I would do next once I got these 16 pins and partials under my roof, and I sort of knew that I would become a bastard as well near the end of my life.

I looked up my files and these were the games -

GTB Dancing Dolls
GTB Silver
WLL Ten Spot (still have this one somewhere)
WLL Sattelite
GTB Rainbow
WLL 1957 Deluxe Baseball (got stolen)
WLL Fast Ball
GTB High Diver
CCM All Stars
GTB Wild West 1951 (to Steve Young)
GTB Niagara 1951 (to Steve Young)
WLL Skill Pool 1952
WLL Skill Pool 1963
GTB Universe
WLL 4 Bagger
GTB Super Jumbo
WLL Top Hat (cabinet only)
GTB Super Circus (head only)
BLY All Star Deluxe Bowling (cabinet only)

This story I want to tell is really about the last item on this list. She came back into my life on Sunday, and I am too stupid from the heat and the cold right now to tell the story properly, so it will have to wait. Life is a circle jerk.

Air conditioner off tonight, windows open desipte the over night rain and a day to sleep in tomorrow should set me striaght. Also a date with my neighbour on the 9th floor tomorrow night. She is the one I was discussing the winter blues with during the last endless winter in the elevators. Be careful what you wish for, make sure it is good, cause if it ain't it will happen anyway by the sheer will of your disposition.

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Postby R.A.B. » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:55 pm

So now that it is cooler outside and inside, I can tell the story of the 1958 Bally Allstar Deluxe Bowler without sounding like a whack job.

So I had the cabinet back in 1991 or so, but I needed the backbox.

Every summer a fellow collector and woodrail nut job named Steve from Toronto would rent a 16 foot truck and drive to the Martimes to fill it up. He always would make a rest stop in Montreal and come to see me, hang out and shoot the shit. This is before the internet invaded our lives. We would communicate by phone and snail mail when we had lists of stuff we were looking for from eachother. So that summer of 92 I asked him to look for a backbox for that bowler. Sure enough he drove through Montreal on his way back to Hog Town and his truck was loaded with woodrails and crates of old parts and ofcourse the backbox for a Bally 1958 Deluxe Allstar bowler. I gave him the 50 bucks he asked for, and also bought a few nick nacks from his truck. Those were the days when things were easy.

So jump forward to to 2018 and I am at the MPL at P1AG and talking to Pat01. Looking for cool older machines that I can operate at the North Star. Well, Pat had a Bally bowler for the past four years that he got from a liquidation estate deal. I asked about it and it turns out that the cabinet repaint was perfectly excecuted and the machine had been restored, he couldn't come up with pics or the name at the mpl meeting, but I had a sneeking suspicion that we were talikng about a Bally bowler with the balls enclosed under a glass. So I start reeling in the years and remembered that I had sold my bowler to a collector in St. Eustache years prior who had gotten into collecting coin-op stuff because he fixed air conditioners for a living and had Wildtron Amusements as a client. Hence, this caused him to fill his family home with all sorts of amusement and gambling equipment. I sold him the bowler for 300 bones as is, and a year later when I visited him I was totally blown away with the job he had done in bringing back to snuff. Later, as fate would have it, his wife divorced him and got all his stuff, including the bowler.

So now, 20 + years later I think this may be the one Pat has. If the serial umbers for the cabinet and the backbox don't match, this could be it. I went up to see Pat on Sunday to check the game out since it had stopped working when he had brought it home 4 years ago and I wanted to know if all the parts for the turrent launcher where there. I got it to fire the 3 inch balls and closed the deal. It will make a fine addition to the North Star line up this fall.

By the by, the guy I sold it to decades ago had done such a good job on the cabinet repaint and texturing that the serial numbers normally stamped on the side of the cab and backbox were non visible. They had been filled in and painted over so well, that I couldn't find a trace of either one of them.

The mystery remains and the game continues to amaze.

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Une règle suivi gueri de tout. A rule respected can cure anything.

A philosophy of doing shall rule til the days when I can no longer "do" arrive. Because when I am too old to wipe my own ass, adjust an AX relay or relieve a woman from sighing, there will be only memories to fill my time. So, the task at hand is to build a RRSP of memories, come hell or calm tides.

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Postby cait001 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:06 pm

Wow! Never seen one quite like that, thanks for sharing. How heavy are the balls? Must be one heavy-duty turret to fling them like that.
Can't wait to see it on location!
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