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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:30 am

Any of you folks happen to catch a gander of the moon this morning before dawn ? If not, make sure you look up tonight, it is monterous this month and worth staring at for a while. If you find yourself howling, give me a call and we can work that out. I have acquired much knowledge pertaining to different kinds of weird behaviour through this coin operated life of mine. Yes, it has been quite the ride and I wouldn't want it any other way, at least not these days. :D

In fact, the past couple of days before this rock reflected upon us so brightly, I do admit to things & events generally becoming more intense and random, at least in my world, but for some reason I was able to handle it this month. I haven't quite understood why or how I have managed to keep things together, but I am sure I will figure it out soon.

I will try to detail that weirdness soon before things go back to normal. This upcoming week promises to be filled with marking moments that will make it to my journal and maybe some worthy pinball laced moments may slip onto MAACA for the sake of another chance at a permanent record. That is all we can hope for really, a voice that can be heard, possibly understood in a shot in the dark attempt at some kind of permanency.

Hope you all have a great Friday and a bright weekend filled with good old human feelings.

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Postby Sparky » Fri Nov 23, 2018 6:40 pm

My Black Friday purchase.... 200$ worth of fuses. Lol. I have cornered the market.

I just enjoyed a rare day off. Brian and I shopped a few pins. He was curious about fixing things. Somw great father-son time. I relished it. He is pushing 13 and is about to tell me to go fuck myself, so I will enjoy the good times while I can. Lol
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Postby R.A.B. » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:27 pm

Warlock left Montreal this morning. Well not exactly, more like around noon after a “gut truck” lunch was procured from a guy named Claude who drove into the front parking lot at Alouette after two Initial D drivers were loaded into Scott's cube van.

Pandor Productions rental truck also contained road cases pertaining to an event install Scott executed at the Hudson's Bay Company store smack downtown near the crossroads of St. Cathy and Union last Thursday morning at about 7 AM when he rolled in from hog town overnight. The 401 is a long and occasionally winding road, and in Montreal Union street crosses Catherine which makes for poetry in the big city. I can get into that without giving it a second thought.

I can tell you all this because warlock and I go way back, at least five years. Knowing anyone over five years and still being able to talk with the other party face to face with fresh ideas and no sign of contempt qualifies as real and sincere as far as “way back” status is concerned. I will tell you why in a moment.

Scott and I trust eachother to do the right thing no matter how ugly things get. One of us will surely be at the other's funeral which says a lot about what we think of eachother's existence. This is reassuring while you are feeling like one lone soul on the openness of the holy god damn road and your mind is not feeling quite like the echo chamber of epiphanies you are use to. Life tends to lose its magic when we let ourselves become use to living by the force of our context.

I use the five year “ruler” intentionally. It is because so much happens in five years. Most of us who don't write things down forget and lose track of how much vital middle aged humans really do when you find yourself alive against your will. But even when we grasp the immensity of “how much we do”, somehow it will never be enough when the end starts to become clearer and clearer in our sights. It feels like that because there is always more road ahead after our individual motor stops running. We continue to look ahead and beyond by sheer habit even when we are out of gas. Natural fact baby, natural fact. All we can really hope for is a chance to make our/a mark on that road, whether it be cleaning up roadkill, putting up a traffic sign or a guard rail or even laying down a single white line. The holy road will never end.

So back to the last four days with Scott. They seemed like an eternity, and in a way, I am glad it felt that way. I can not write about this tonight because living it has made me too tired to recount it. That is a sure sign that something has happened that will change the direction of the road ahead. Crazy man crazy.

God bless the fool hearted, the crazed, the new dumb and the railroaded for good measure, for they will likely inherit what is left of the earth when the screwheads are done with it.

So the question beckons - "What is so good about a future when those who are in charge of the present are reckless about the road signs we hold up ?"

Damn !!

I am exhausted and spent once again. Time to recharge the battery and get back on the road tomorrow.

Good night Nellie.
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Postby WARLOCK » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:44 pm

Currently, I cannot express anything relevant and helpful; here: properly... My apologies.
Robert now has found his voice once again to articulate; while I flounder for some coherency...


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Postby WARLOCK » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:29 pm

Nothing much left here to report...
It is now all offline and private..

Try and keep up if you can...
We will... Can you ?

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Postby WARLOCK » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:29 pm

Goodnight Moon

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Postby Sparky » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:04 pm

WARLOCK wrote:Goodnight Moon


One day ends, and the next one begins!
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Postby Sparky » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:10 pm

WARLOCK wrote:Nothing much left here to report...
It is now all offline and private..

Try and keep up if you can...
We will... Can you ?


Start where you are.

Use what you have.

Do what you can.

There is always something to report. Sometimes the mundane for one may be the extraordinary for another.

The best quote.... Stephen Hawking in the Pink Floyd song...

"For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then, something happened that unleashed the power of our imagination... we learned to talk. All you have to do is make sure... you keep talking."
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Postby Sparky » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:35 pm

Well... I am leaving Milwaukee soon... 5:30am flight. What was an exhausting week was still overwritten by the high I have been on since the MPL meeting. I am still buzzing over having friends over.

As we approach the weekend, Daniel15 sums it up greatly in this image from the meeting.

Cheers! I'll drink to that!!!

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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:43 am

WARLOCK wrote:Currently, I cannot express anything relevant and helpful; here: properly... My apologies.
Robert now has found his voice once again to articulate; while I flounder for some coherency...


I just want to share some words, which incidently are not mine, but they may as well be. They come from a generation that broke through dull convention and the ordinary, and I admire that very much.


I picked up faith, hope, charity, all three clinging together.
"Without us you will surely die."
"With you I'm going nuts, goodbye."

Then beauty, ... ah beauty.
As I led her to the window I told her,
"You I loved best in life...but you are a killer, beauty kills."
Not really meaning to drop her I immediately ran downstairs just in time to catch her.
'You saved me !", she cried.
I put her down and told her - "Move on"

Went back up those six flights to get money, but there was no money to throw out.

The only thing left in the room was death hiding beneath the kitchen sink.
"I am not real !" it cried. " I am just a rumour spread by life."
Laughing I threw it out, kitchen sink and all and suddenly realized that humour was all that was left,
and what could I do with humour ? - out the window with the window.

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Postby OTTOgd » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:36 am

Tonight, I really helped some mutants.
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I really frustrated the most centipedes, spiders, scorpions and fleas.
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I danced.

... well, not really. But come on and play the game of love!


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Postby OTTOgd » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:33 pm

While I was picking up delicious, bubbly cans of Danish and Czech happiness at the LCBO, I actually bought a book as well!? Not kidding! There were a couple extra tables set-up with old books and this one got my attention (and my $2) for some odd reason. Into the bathroom it goes!
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Postby sylvain » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:41 pm

Picked-up a used CD in part for the cover picture of a pinball backglass (picture from Spotify):

Happy New Year !

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Postby Sparky » Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:00 pm

sylvain wrote:Picked-up a used CD in part for the cover picture of a pinball backglass (picture from Spotify):

Happy New Year !

Cheers,
-Sylvain.


Congrats!! You are one of 23 people that have bought that CD!!! Lol

Ugh... Sugar Ray... damn 90's... killed everything. Lol

And they even used a Flash Gordon backglass as a template for the contour... lol
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Postby R.A.B. » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:10 pm

Well, it has been a heck of year, wouldn't you agree ? I am pretty certain that you would if you think back a little. No surprise there, most of the years we look back on have been comprised of life events, work, family, friends and more life events plus their aftermaths. Fairly sure that this upcoming year 2019 holds more life events for us. So before we head into 2019, with 2020 (the 20's) around the bend, if we make it, let's hope for the Charleston to make a comeback, because we need to let off some steam, start practising now I would recommend.

In fact, life events & their aftermaths will do just fine in describing the past years when we look and recall. There is no year where nothing happens, except when you are dead or not yet born. So goes to follow that all we have here in common is consciousness, and what a trip that has turned out to be. In fact, the imposition of consciousness is what our lives are in essence. One never asked for it since there was no "you" to choose it, two other lost souls who were subject to consciousness brought you on by choice, or not. Regardless it made you happen. Doesn't matter cause here you are - so what are you doing tonight and for the next 365 days and nights for that matter ?

Happy New Year

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Postby Azatotht » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:26 am

Spent the evening with my wife and kids yesterday.

Kids opened their Christmas gifts since we were travelling and visiting family at Christmas, it kept them busy until midnight.

Woke up around 8 this morning and played board games with my youngest (the oldest are, of course, still sleeping).

Happy new year everyone, it is not much about the games for me anymore but it is all about YOU, the members !

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Postby R.A.B. » Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:56 pm

The last few days of 2018 felt emotionally satisfying and productive. This brought on a sense of awareness of the changes looming ahead. The only constant in life is change for some reason, I think I may have said this before.

Christmas eve was spent with my 14 year old and his grandma. She was nursing a virus and a cold which had started on the 23rd, so the evening of the 24th was cut short after exchanging a few gifts and sharing some food. We left her around 10PM to get some rest and I let Louis-Daniel drive my Camry in the empty parking lot at the Provigo. One of the ignition coils was beginning to fail, I could feel it, but the car kept buckling forward regardless. I drove it back carefully to my studio and we took it easy until Christmas morning and Louis and I talked alot about life. On Christmas morning I gave him the cactus lamp he wanted and he gave me a miniature pinball machine which made me realize that he has finally accepted the fact that pinball machines are not just what consumed most of my attention during his early years while on Pitt street. They had also allowed me to earn a living, support a small family, help launch the North Star project and provide him with a good education while managing to not compromise the wild person I was at the time. I think he understands this better now via this gift. He didn't like pinball from about 6 to 12 and would turn away from them when I would work, play or talk with friends about pinball. Big Dave made me aware of the latter condition while watching Louis's expressions when we were around pins.

Christmas day he went off to the other side of his family and I tried to figure out where I was going to get an ignition coil on boxing day. Once the stores opened at 1pm I took the bus to the Canadian Tire in Verdun, but they had none in stock, Back home I called all the auto parts stores I could find in the area but they were all closed. I had to get the car running properly by the next day when Louis and I would head to Toronto for a father and son road trip to see stuff and assist the Warlock in his pinball endeavors. So I called “tonysaprano” on MAACA (Dan in real life) and asked if he had any coils, he is usually the one to ask me that question. Turns out that he had a bag of various Toyota ignition coils in his parts junk. I gave him the part number and he said that he would check for that sku and bring them over after a wake he was attending for a friend's father, not sure if any of them were good he told me. Thank fate for friends, and thank fate for weirdness as well. After the wake he called me and said that there was movement inside a NAPA auto parts location across the street from the funeral home in Lachine and did I want him to pick up a DSO 673-1307. I said yes, and I silently thanked the deceased & Napa. Dan made his way to Ile-des-Seules and I changed cylinder 2's ignition coil in a snap. Back on the road, I head out to the North Star to take care of a cocktail pinball that had turned into a piece of art. We had this Allied Leisure cocktail table called Eros 1 which turned out to be a real lemon for operation in our first year (2016) so Jte had it painted by an artist friend and asked JameSchid to turn it into a real cool animated sit down drinking table for our patrons. Problem was that this thing still had a coin door on it and that would cause our clients to think that it was operational. It would also have confused the la Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux when their vice squad would wonder into the bar occasionally to check tax labels on bottles of booze and vignettes on our coin operated devices. I don't like unnecessary trouble, so we removed the coin door and will eventually print “FOR ARTS SAKE ONLY” on the wooden door crossbar, I pretty certain that the inspectors can read English.

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So on the 27th Louis and I left for Toronto with a pit stop in Cornwall to deliver an Alouette parts order to an operator friend and then drove on to Brockville and stayed overnight at my brother's place where red wine, hearty soup and inspiring conversation lay in wait along with a couple of Fawlty Towers episodes. We played OXO after watching John Cleese stress out so much that we had to take a break as a form of stress relief from watching him battle the way things are. He usually loses.

In the morning we took off for Toronto.

Louis was born in Brampton in January 2004 and it took some time before his mother and I admitted this to him. Spending the first 15 months of his life in Georgetown in a peaceful setting was a great start and he had never been back. I wanted to show him where he came into consciousness, but before arriving he was subject to the immensity of those 12 lanes of speeding metal which makes up the 401. He found the volume of it all exciting and energizing as we head for the Bluffs where the Warlock would meet us. The Bluffs pinball warehouse reminded him of Pitt street he said and he felt right at home. Scott and I fixed Snow Derby, Buccaneer, Argosy, Cleaopatra (EM), OXO, and failed on Wiggler and Firepower while Louis explored this place with wonder. We then headed to P1AG on Viscount road near the Pearson airport to hook up with Doug Baird as well as some of my old co-workers and long time industry friends who were at work that friday. Also briefly saw Drano driving away from the place with some parts as we pulled in. Scott, Louis and I then head off to downtown Toronto to the Pint, a Public House where Warlock operates over 33 games in a 900 person capacity pub. Louis had never been to a bar (except for the North Star when it is closed) since in Quebec you have to be 18 up even if you are accompanied by adults, but here he hung out with us had squid and poutine and tested the games we fixed after Scott and I attended to this wonderful herd of machines. Got the Super Chexx working along with Sky Jump, Wizard, Jungle Queen, Alien Poker and failed at Solar City. We took a walk downtown so Louis could grasp the immensity of the city and its landmarks. He thanked us for showing him the downtown surroundings.

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We got back to Bluffs and crashed out in the warehouse on couches, just like we use to on Pitt street, Louis said that it was a great day.

On the 29th there was a tournament planned at Bluffs. Around 9AM, Chris and Scott showed up to prepare machines and the venue. We missed them by about 15 minutes. Louis-Daniel and I had already left for Halton Hills and the Niagara Escarpment. I wanted to show him where his life had started. We stopped by the house he learned to crawl and walk in and then drove to a park in Glenn Williams where the credit river snakes down from Northern Ontario and under the concrete mass of the big city making its way to Lake Ontario. Louis didn't believe me when I told him that large and powerful salmon swim up this river in spring and that fishing can be practised here. Some of the fish that were tagged as farmed salmon you could catch, and the others you were obliged to release. Signs by the river detailed this and he finally believed my fish story about a 2 footer I caught and released before he was born. Back then, his mother and I along with a few close friends had a make shift baptism ceremony for him one beautiful summer day in 2004 by the river bank. Now fourteen years later he stood where we had soaked the bugger in the river as we hoped that the future would be good for him and all the others who give a shit about life.

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We drove on to the old Main Street in Georgetown and I showed him some of the shops and restaurants we often frequented as we drove past the old McGibbon Hotel which to my disappointment is being refaced for the upcoming hipster market instead of restoring it to its historical look. It was the coolest beat up hotel I had ever seen with a wooden floored tavern which smelled of tobacco and beer on the first floor. It had an old shuffleboard in the corner and a small stage for local bands to play on Saturday nights. I liked this place very much back in the early 2000's when I started my contract at Microplayground which then became Hip Coin. We also drove past the only French Catholic church where we were allowed to speak that language once inside without getting any nasty looks. Also showed him the abandoned old paper mill from the turn of the century (19th to 20th) behind our house build near the credit river for power. Plans to develop it into a commercial venue before we left in 2005 fell through and it still sits fenced off. I had snuck in there with my buddy Steve on weekend back in the day and took pictures of the abandoned and graffitied structures that were left standing after a couple of fires. We then went to an antique store in Glenn Williams where the owner recognized me from 15 years ago. He is a Montrealer at heart who moved here during the exodus of the early 80's and he told me how much he missed Montreal and what a great city it still is each time he visits. Louis bought some old baseball cards off the man.

We then made our way to the Church of the Silverball and hooked up with Doug of P1AG once again for some heart felt conversations about the lies which fuel the corporate world, the pinball faith which we are barely hanging on to and talked about the old men we are becoming and what we should do with that. Louis played a couple of DMD and Bad Cats (he has two at home, cats, not pins) while Doug and I looked over an old Bally lamp driver test fixture they had found buried in the endless racks of stuff at the Church. This thing even had part numbers, which reassured me immensely.

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Will CPR ever reproduce this backglass? Fat chance, no market for these. Sort of looks like a mini bingo backglass if you don't know what the Q's and the U's stand for. well, the U's could be the cards and the Q's could be the holes I guess.

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We left that Church and head back to Bluffs where the tournament had started. We exchanged warm greetings with Brewmanager, more of the Bluffs crew and some folks from the Ottawa gang (MCS and Craig) who came to compete. We gathered up our belongings, had samosas and ice tea and said our goodbyes as best as we could in such a large crowd (40+) We made our way back to the 401 and headed east to Brockville for the night in order to break up the trip and see my brother and his family once again.

Two things that amazed me over those couple of days. First, Louis-Daniel's fascination and wonder at seeing this place where he came to be, and second, that he noticed the large amount of businesses squeezed together in mini-malls which all seemed mismatched next to eachother somehow in various burbs of Toronto, A Dairy Queen next to a dentist's office, a car garage next to a fancy restaurant, a pet food store and a spa on either side of the two. A sushi place next to an exterminator etc, etc etc. "Shanty town" I exclaimed as he laughed even though he doesn't know what that means, but he did insist on taking the picture below and had me do a u-turn on Kingston Road (more appropriately old highway 2) so he could snap it for his friends back home. So this was taken on the old Trans-Canada highway # 2 where Jamaicans and the Chinese cook together in the same kitchen, see there is hope for a future, especially along the old highways.

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Postby Sparky » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:53 am

I gotta admit... I cracked open a beer for that post RAB. Good reading. We needed a splash of human-factor.

Wow... where to begin 2019... So many changes. I will keep it brief. Nothing too deep to report. Only good things to look forward to.

But first, a recap... 2018 was a HARD year for me. Working 60-80hrs a week, steady, took a toll. Not much in regards of leisure time. I was dead set with a goal in mind for 2018, and that was to make my gameroom into exactly that... a gameroom. Not a warehouse. That was A LOT of work, considering the amount of games there. But I got it done... literally up until the hour before the MPL meeting I had scheduled. Add a Borderland meeting to the list a few days later, and that was a great finish to 2018.

But now... 2019. Well, on a good note, my work did finally see that me taking care of all of Canada was no longer an option. So starting now, I am only covering Quebec and the Maritimes. A welcome breather. I should be able to balance my life a bit more. I got a taste of what it is to be a workaholic, and I didn't like it. Not being aware of how my family is doing, even though I was calling every day, was not fun. And not having a social life sucked as well. I didn't even follow hockey. I felt pretty stupid after turning on my first Habs game in December, only to find out that a few players had been let go or traded 2 months before. Ouch. LOL

But... 2019 should be a year to balance my Chi. I need to post more, get more immersed again. And by need, I don't mean an obligation... I mean like an itch I need to scratch. There are so many things to talk about... so many repairs to document.... so much beer to drink. lol

Time to have some fun!
Because I can...

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Postby R.A.B. » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:53 pm

Sparky wrote:I gotta admit... I cracked open a beer for that post RAB. Good reading. We needed a splash of human-factor.

Wow... where to begin 2019... So many changes. I will keep it brief. Nothing too deep to report. Only good things to look forward to.

But first, a recap... 2018 was a HARD year for me. Working 60-80hrs a week, steady, took a toll. Not much in regards of leisure time. I was dead set with a goal in mind for 2018, and that was to make my gameroom into exactly that... a gameroom. Not a warehouse. That was A LOT of work, considering the amount of games there. But I got it done... literally up until the hour before the MPL meeting I had scheduled. Add a Borderland meeting to the list a few days later, and that was a great finish to 2018.

But now... 2019. Well, on a good note, my work did finally see that me taking care of all of Canada was no longer an option. So starting now, I am only covering Quebec and the Maritimes. A welcome breather. I should be able to balance my life a bit more. I got a taste of what it is to be a workaholic, and I didn't like it. Not being aware of how my family is doing, even though I was calling every day, was not fun. And not having a social life sucked as well. I didn't even follow hockey. I felt pretty stupid after turning on my first Habs game in December, only to find out that a few players had been let go or traded 2 months before. Ouch. LOL

But... 2019 should be a year to balance my Chi. I need to post more, get more immersed again. And by need, I don't mean an obligation... I mean like an itch I need to scratch. There are so many things to talk about... so many repairs to document.... so much beer to drink. lol

Time to have some fun!


Thanks Ian for the positive comment. Yours post is positive as well and I wish you more good things in 2019. Looks like your are on your way.

After spending time with Scott in Toronto and Montreal this past November, I realized through his comments that there is so much more we all need to accomplish, and I don't mean just pinballs. I have been working like a bastard on the two books I am trying to finish, or what we will call WIP (work(s) in progress) going forward. Last night I was working on formatting chapters in one of the WIP and suddenly felt that I had to blow out some of the present thoughts and ideas and feelings to make room, clear my head sort of speak since alot of the material I am dealing with is largely based in the past with an eye on the future. Then I realized that we are all WIP.

Keep it up.

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Postby OTTOgd » Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:06 pm

I was attacked by a giant spider at the ROM today. :shock:

I escaped, thankfully, and drove my wife and kids home. But did buy a cool t-shirt to remember those creepy-crawlies I love. Still best friends with Harry, the framed, taxidermied tarantula I received for Xmas when I was 11. Can't play Atari Black Widow on my Space Duel yet. :cry:

Finally visited a great exhibition that ends next Sunday: https://www.rom.on.ca/en/spiders

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Postby Azatotht » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:35 pm

Very nice (cold) day outside with the kids. They had a project idea so here we go !

Hoping to be ready to water this tomorrow evening, we’re almost done but it was too late to finish today.
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Postby OTTOgd » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:49 pm

... reading my 'new' book ...
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Postby Pinoffski » Fri Jan 18, 2019 4:37 am

Will CPR ever reproduce this backglass? Fat chance, no market for these. Sort of looks like a mini bingo backglass if you don't know what the Q's and the U's stand for. well, the U's could be the cards and the Q's could be the holes I guess.

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Maybe ask Bally bingo in the Netherlands ?
I would be guessing it would not be cheap ...

No harm in asking ...
And if you have scans may help..

Makes pinball backglasses as well

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http://www.coos.net/bingo_e/backglasses.html

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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:14 am

@ OTTOgd - I love reading about philosophy and pinbal together. Especially when we see how pinball mimicks our course, as individuals and probably as a god-damn civilization - makes sense. Creating things and drawing lines that reflect our understanding of the randomness, the luck and the skills needed for the course. We can only acquire an understanding of parallels from being aware and observant of what comes to us via the filter of our perception.

@pinoffski - thanks for your suggestion, I will look up Bally bingo in the Netherlands for fun.
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Postby Slacker » Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:02 am

Hey Rob "philosophy and pinball together" I can see that as a daily thing. You walk into somethings just like starting a new game and think nothing of it, next thing you know you're doing great "High Score in sight" sometime you hit it and other times Wham! Straight down the middle or down an out-lane with no way to save it LOL The randomness of life plays its cards.... Here's hoping everyone gets more high scorers then the latter.
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