One Tale At A Time...

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One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Thu Oct 08, 2015 7:35 pm

The hardest part of telling any "Tale" is where to start.
I still have not figured out "where to start" or "what to say".
The "true challenge" is actually "when" to say it and "when" not.
The one thing I do know is "hopefully" what not to say and "know" why.

This is a great hobby, I love it. I have been active in it (and vocal) for several years now.
I was "exposed" to it as a very young youth (perhaps 5-6 or 7) years old by my father. Great teacher.
He could "hustle" anyone at pool, or pingpong, or darts; but he loved "challenging EM" pinball machines most.
He taught me to appreciate "games" in a similar way that my mother taught me cards, backgammon and crockinole.

So, I will begin telling some Tales again. Apparently; that is what I am (and always have been) destined to do in one way or another.
I will tell stories about my friends; (with their prior permission) as well as my thoughts on this "neat" journey I have been on for about 4 years.
I will not "quantify" deliberately; but "qualify" when possible and "retract" when neccessary; while "proceeding" as I should based on these experiences.
In the endgame, "this isn't a contest". It is a journey. It is a path. It is a road. We alone decide how we will travel down it. Thank you to all the participants.

Be well.
More soon.
Thank you all.
All the very best.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby ShootAgain » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:25 pm

Good news!
Can't wait to read your Tales: Tome 2

All the very best!
Cheers! Salut!
:)
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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:47 pm

Thanks bro.
Should be fun!

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby R.A.B. » Fri Oct 09, 2015 6:35 am

Very happy to read this over coffee this morning. Makes my day to know that there will be some more colourful stuff to read on this forum.
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Postby Azatotht » Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:50 am

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:55 pm

Thank you my friends. Appreciated.
My intent was to write a chapter a week.
Life is good, work is busy and I am happy to write again.
When I mean busy: (well, many of you know what I mean) I will get there.

It may take a few more weeks before I have time to think.
That is all well and good as I should work and rejoice in it all now.

I will tell some "fun tales" when we are snowed in and looking for spring.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby MadTitan » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:14 pm

Great to hear Scott.

I look forward to reading your posts,or "Tales of Extravagance" as I picture the 50's serial comic book cover (in my head anyway)
I too, am overdue for some drawn out regaling of past happenings, as I was reminded by a gentleman at a fish store this week.
perhaps I will find the inspiration in your soon to come stories to sit down and get things out there.....

Cheers bud!

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby P1AG Montréal - pièces/parts » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:16 am

MadTitan wrote:Great to hear Scott.

I look forward to reading your posts,or "Tales of Extravagance" as I picture the 50's serial comic book cover (in my head anyway)
I too, am overdue for some drawn out regaling of past happenings, as I was reminded by a gentleman at a fish store this week.
perhaps I will find the inspiration in your soon to come stories to sit down and get things out there.....

Cheers bud!


Why yeessss !

Many of us await impatiently for inspiration to occur in order to produce these worthy stories gentlemen. Occasionally we need to chase inspiration when it takes its time coming around to us for whatever reason (s).

I assume that you do know about the nature of the stories most of us enjoy ? They are the ones that dare to differ from the mundane and casual and are coloured with happenings/impressions that tend to provide something new that the readers have possibly not thought about before, the latter condition being one of the things that helps to keep life interesting. i.e. - the lack of repetition.
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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby Chris Silver » Thu Oct 29, 2015 8:37 am

You don't need to write a chapter a week. Don't force yourself into a channel. Let it flow where it needs to. Sometimes more. Sometimes less. There is no hurry or deadline. Go with it when it happens and time permits.
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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:21 pm

I love the fact that my true friends in life are...
Regardless of time or space; Always there for me. Thank you.
Thank you all too. I appreciate your "presence" more than you know.
I do "however" feel a certain obligation to participate and produce content.

It is in my nature to.
I wish to "do" more things.
Get "things" done; And then (to) said.
Tell a tale. Move us all forward. Proceed.

Salut.
Cheers.

Ladi.
Lada.

More soon.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:02 pm

I returned a while back...
It isn't the same anymore I am afraid.
I have "stories" to tell but they don't "feel" appropriate anymore.
I have to "determine" how to tell these tales in a current and appropriate manner perhaps.

So...
Let's tell the "tale" of the "last hurrah!"

It began in May of this year. Planning. Organizing.
As soon as Allentown ended; (which was 1 day for me this year) I think only of Ottawa.

I arranged a cube van to rent, and I began plans to fill it up and travel as per my regular tales that I have told previously.
This year was different. No one could travel with me for many reasons. None of my friends would make this journey. I was on my own.
Don't get me wrong, I love being alone. I am a lone wolf... I do however also love company, and my wife loves when I travel with a friend. (to keep me alert)
This year I chose one of my son's younger years companions. A 12" tall "dancing Spiderman" accompanied me to QC and ON to reach the Ottawa show. He was quiet, strapped in the passenger seat.

I made the journey to Quebec first as usual, before I headed to Ottawa. I was on "pinball business" that in general, only Drano and I arrange across provincial borders, but several other friends conduct in close proximity to home.

Needless to say, 15-20 pins changed hands amongst friends as per usual. I/We take pins to QC/ON and buy/sell/trade them among friends as has been the "regular discourse" of the "transport" threads of the last several years. LAST HURRAH.

I felt that this year was different.
It was, it is and these days now pass into legend.
I was alone now, just like I was when I first "hunted" pins.
I travelled all over. Any distance, time and/or space. A few of us know.

Myself, Jason, Drano, Reg, Walt, Rob... We literally go anywhere if we are able to bring them home.
I think these days are coming to an end based on many factors... Actually, they are gone and we all know it.

So, I travelled to Ottawa to the Pinball Show. I provided or "assisted" in arranging the tournament pins as per usual.
It was a fun and a great event as it always is. The stories from this last year are different tales to be told another time.
It was great to see everyone. I owe many people great thanks for this last journey including Josh, Guy, Chris, Robert, Monty, Adam, Jason and Randy.
Thank you my friends. I appreciate your hospitality. I am also grateful and thankful to see all my friends in Ottawa as this really is an event like no other in Canada.

Having said all that, I am hanging up the keys to the "cube van" truck days. I don't require anything anymore.
It is up to someone else to take up the torch for "bulk deal" days and truck runs outside of what Drano/Doug/Walt and I have done.

It is time to move on. Many pins will be sold in the weeks to come. I gave my wife her minivan back after 3 and a half years of "borrowing it".
My little SUV is meant for 1 pin out and 1 pin in. I could borrow the minivan to move or sell up to 3 pins out and I think I have to stay there mentally.

Last October... (time for numbers) MY apologies Robert, but I am a math guy...
I had 120 pins 13 months ago. It was insanity... And so, I quietly sold 60 in 6 months.
No ads, no FS threads... I just thought of each pin and whose basement each one should belong in. All done.
And they all went in due course. Other than SWE1 (which I listed) and it didn't sell; and I decided I wanted to keep it. (P2K!)

So, the last "BIG HURRAH" was the last large journey in 2015 that I am aware of (In Canada) that went in a large truck and I finished alone as I had started.
These were good and great times. I don't think they will happen again anytime soon for myself or for anyone else due to the changing nature of this neat hobby.

I will miss these good times and great travels. (in bulk)
It will be different moving forward. I am quite sure of that. (much smaller)

Times change, and so do we all...

Cheers.
Salut.

More soon.
All the very best.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby R.A.B. » Thu Nov 19, 2015 7:36 am

WARLOCK wrote:I returned a while back...
It isn't the same anymore I am afraid.
I have "stories" to tell but they don't "feel" appropriate anymore.
I have to "determine" how to tell these tales in a current and appropriate manner perhaps.

So, the last "BIG HURRAH" was the last large journey in 2015 that I am aware of (In Canada) that went in a large truck and I finished alone as I had started.
These were good and great times. I don't think they will happen again anytime soon for myself or for anyone else due to the changing nature of this neat hobby.

I will miss these good times and great travels. (in bulk)
It will be different moving forward. I am quite sure of that. (much smaller)

Times change, and so do we all...

Cheers.
Salut.

More soon.
All the very best.


I am glad to read you again Scott. And as far as things changing, well.....you and I both know that this is one universal constant.

I am glad that you do not see things changing as a reason not to recount some of the better stories we live each and everyday, the ones that give us something new to think about, or simply entertain. I am relieved that change does not affect the need for you to recount.

I think that stories need to be told, and agreed, they don't always necessarily need to be heard by all. We are not all captivated by the same things, but since pinball and coin-op amusements seem to be the common ground here, I believe it anchors us and provides the starting point in what we choose to recount. How far we take it away from coin-op alone is something each of us who writes decide, and yes one will lose many of the readers here, but there will be few who will comment, add to the stories and hopefully engage in a nourishing way to new ideas which will inevitably come forth by the natural force of things, - yes, "change" once again.

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P.S. A man needs something to do besides contemplate how crazy everyone has become in a world of overly exaggerated self-importance upheld and maintained by the new dumb.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby Sparky » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:16 am

Changes... it's always a rough thing to deal with. But being in (and out) this forum for the last 11 years, the changes that have come and gone can be seen in both a positive and negative way. Depends on how you want to look at it.

In 2004, we were having monthly MAACA meetings in which we got together and just had fun. 4 years later, those meetings died off. A sad thing really... but something great came of it later on... the MPL, RAB's powwows... they weren't part of the original "plan", but nevertheless a fun change. And who knows what will be the next change. Would monthly meetings at a barcade in Montreal be next? Who knows. would that be a bad thing? Of course not.

The hobby itself has had it's share of changes. What was accessible to all in 2004 is no longer considered as such in 2015. I could easily complain that prices are insane. DMDs are no longer accessible. But... do I personally want a DMD? Honestly, not really. And second positive... what I LOVE seeing now is all those titles considered as "undesirables" are now most deservedly getting a second look. That means less pins getting parted out... I see that as a positive.

As for you Scott, welcome to one of the final stages of collecting. ;) .. where you sift through your games and weed out the non-keepers. As for the truck runs... sure, they can be fun... but it's not about the vehicle, or number of pins in the back... it's all about the company riding along with you. THOSE make the journeys shorter, pleasant and enlightening.

Like I always say... the machines are the medium that bring the people together. It's really all about the people... not the machines. Each pin and vid story is about the good times had with others when picking one up, playing one, competing on one or fixing one.

I find Gottlieb was ALMOST right... sure, IT'S MORE FUN TO COMPETE... but ultimately, IT'S MORE FUN TO CONGREGATE. And these beautiful, fun, frustrating, annoying, pricey pieces of Americana give us that privilege.
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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby ThunderStorm » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:50 am

Its an interesting hobby thats for sure. We all have our stories. Our ups our downs. Who knows what the future will hold. Happy to be following.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Wed Dec 02, 2015 8:04 pm

Thank you Robert, Ian and Eric for responding. Even though I communicate offline privately with all of you regularly, I appreciate the words and the time you take to let others know what we are all doing on threads like these.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Wed Dec 02, 2015 9:02 pm

Those who know me well...
Know that I am always very busy...
I don't mean "busy" like others use the word...
I mean "insane", "out of my tree", "consumed", busy...

I fit "everything possible" into my schedule. All work, family, friends.
Then this hobby came along and I "attacked" collecting pins in the same fashion.
At first, I didn't want new friends, new acquaintances and new events to attend or participate in.
I ONLY wanted Brewmanager to keep me "uninvolved" from forums and other humans and let me "collect pins".

Needless to say, my friend of 25+ years was relentless. He insisted upon travelling with me to "unknown strangers" basements far and wide.
He travelled with me in Canada and the US. He was concerned my "internal organs" may be auctioned off one day from 1 of these unknown basements.
Needless to say, after a while, due to the great people we met in this hobby, we gained friendships where we travelled, and I joined the online world reluctantly.
However, as I look back on the almost 4 years I have spent running around chasing pinball machines like a madman, I may have gained some machines, but learned something else.

If pins was how I measure the success of this endeavor, then it was a grand and great success.
What I didn't count on is what Walt made me do from the first moments that I began this trip.
He forced me to participate, join in and to meet the good people that I have been fortunate to.
This has defined the journey that I have been on for which the machines themselves are catalysts.

Physical, mechanical, electrical devices that form a bond among those who follow the silverball.
This simple pastime that was meant to take our money in years past has profoundly changed us.
Once you are bitten, you can't ever go back. You can't pretend the connection you have is gone.
These machines touch us in a way that we cannot fully explain to the non-believer of their merit.

So, such as in life, so to is there in this hobby; a set of circumstances that exist that gives success.
I don't want to say these are rules as that is far too formal or concise a statement for our purpose.
Rather, it is a pattern or system of "knowing the rules" that leads us to some form of an awareness.
It is the consistency or constant of "effort" put forth to achieve success that has led to this position.

At first, you do what you do to "try and get it right". 1) Educate yourself. Improve hopefully. 2) Try - Fail... Practice - Do, or don't. 3) Learn. Gain wisdom. Gain skill. 4) Practice until you get it right.
5) Do it over and over and over until you become successful at it. 6) Work. Do. Learn. Practice. Do. 7) Do what you do well repeatedly until you are well known for what you do and are sought after.
Repeat this process again. I have learned this in business. I have learned it watching some of the best repair people in pinball. I learned it from some of the best hunters and gatherers of pinball machines.
I have learned it from my friends. And; I have learned it from watching casual pinball players and competitive pinball players alike. Thank you to my friends for making sure I learned the important things.

In business, success is many things, but the common denominator is to do what you do well repeatedly.
In this truly "Americana" hobby, by applying this same "circumstance" of consistent effort, I feel success.
Not in # of machines, not in a quantity of friends or in parts accumulated or even in kilometers travelled.
I set out to "quantify" everything in Tales: While it was a great journey and set of stories, it led me to here.

The pinball on the playfield may seem like a random process.
It is not.
It is a patterned function that is predictable when studied and practiced.
I love it.

And so I thank all those on this journey.
Thank you for all being consistent as expected.
And thank you for changing as we now all go forward.
It is going to be a great ride ahead for us, I guarantee.

More soon.
All the best.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby rccanuck » Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:13 am

I didnt read all these comments and then not get to read any tales....Get back here and start typing some out!!! Or I wont tell you about my next purchase Im picking up this Friday!!

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby rccanuck » Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:29 am

Well...Friday has come and gone. You know what I picked up. Im 40% done the restoration. Hmmmmm....hows the tales coming along?

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:45 am

Tales continue to be written. (or chicken scratched at best)
Difficult to do on little or no sleep. Certainly not presentable here yet.
I just can't describe to those who do not understand (or know) what it is that I do and am required to do.
All my own doing; (or my partners) and I am on hour 22 or 23 of a likely 34 ish hour run before I get done work and go home.

3 big sleeps required before I can "think straight" minimum.
Likely about a week later before I write anything of consequence.
I anticipate that will start Dec.14-17 for the sleeping part and Xmas for the rest.

So, let's say New Years for a decent tale then, shall we?
In bookstores by the end of January and a sequel by Valentine's.

All the very best. More soon. Cheers. Salut.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby brewmanager » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:26 pm

Get your rest my friend. We need you coherent.

I just enlisted my Dad in his 70s to help me get something down the stairs rather than bug you.

Won't be doing that again let me tell you. :)
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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby rccanuck » Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:59 pm

Okay...Okay....Ill slow down on the restoration then. Id hate to finish it before I read a tale!
Hmmmm....New Years eh?.....Well...I can postpone the shipping of the ball plunger and possibly spend more time with the girlfriend instead of fettling in my work shop. I cant promise that though. Ill get her to polish my balls in the meantime.
Hmmmm....that gives me an idea. Heres the deal....you get around to writing a tale....ill post a pic of my girlfriend polishing my balls.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:50 pm

brewmanager wrote:Get your rest my friend. We need you coherent.

I just enlisted my Dad in his 70s to help me get something down the stairs rather than bug you.

Won't be doing that again let me tell you. :)


Bro, C'mon; what were you thinking?
And, you know I love your pops...

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:50 pm

rccanuck wrote:Okay...Okay....Ill slow down on the restoration then. Id hate to finish it before I read a tale!
Hmmmm....New Years eh?.....Well...I can postpone the shipping of the ball plunger and possibly spend more time with the girlfriend instead of fettling in my work shop. I cant promise that though. Ill get her to polish my balls in the meantime.
Hmmmm....that gives me an idea. Heres the deal....you get around to writing a tale....ill post a pic of my girlfriend polishing my balls.


I shall write once I can think straight again; after at least 3 big sleeps.
Restoration of all pinball machines should be continued as adequately as possible.

Preserving as much as acceptable from a historical and accurate position as is reasonable.

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Re: One Tale At A Time...

Postby WARLOCK » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:58 pm

Well, I must admit, I am distracted "doing" things lately which leaves no time for writing.

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Since Brewmanager and I are busy with our friends getting pins on legs for a new league, I had this thought...

I will start documenting and posting 10 pin fixes on 10 machines in the next 10 days until our first league night in 10 days or so.
1st pin on deck is a very nice Firepower II that just had a quirk or two and is happily running. Super great pin from a friend in NY state.

More soon.
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