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Postby WARLOCK » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:50 pm

The world is in flux.
Just like the weather.

We must adjust.
And we will do that.

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Postby OTTOgd » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:14 pm

R.A.B. wrote:I think Bally was so busy in the 50"s and 60"s putting out bingos that they were even too fast for the company that was printing their manuals.

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Wow. That must have been an exciting time for Bally. Well, a frustratingly positive trend, then, I'm guessing.

Heard good things but I have yet to play a bingo.

Thanks for the odd, but cool, share.

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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:06 am

OTTOgd wrote:
R.A.B. wrote:I think Bally was so busy in the 50"s and 60"s putting out bingos that they were even too fast for the company that was printing their manuals.


Wow. That must have been an exciting time for Bally. Well, a frustratingly positive trend, then, I'm guessing.

Heard good things but I have yet to play a bingo.

Thanks for the odd, but cool, share.


I was looking at some books and reading up on the history of Bally as a division of the Lion Manufacturing company last night, and man, what a time that must have been to be in the middle of all that, especially in the 1950's. I say that, but it is from the perspective of knowing what I know in this here and now, so keep that in mind. Probably being at Lion Manufacturing as a factory worker was one of the better assembly line jobs since they were unionized, or maybe it wasn't, I don't know. But I do know that drawing games for Bally was probably a very cool job if you were anywhere like minded as we are in this here and now. The gambling "penchant" of this manufacturer was different than David Gottlieb's very conservative pinball manufacturing company, and while United and Williams flirted with gambling type amusement machines, no one was bolder and stronger than Bally in that grey area feild. It became more obvious when Bill O'Donnel took over the reins and went full blore into slot machines and pretty well took over the slot market in Vegas with the first totally electro-mechanical slot machines with a hopper - Money Honey. Bally Manufacturing Corporation was allowed to go public after going through long investigations for mob connections by the "authorities". Bill O'Donnel eventually left his position at Bally to open a casino in Atlantic city, he made that choice. Obviously he could not also be president of the main supplier of slot machines at the time, didn't jive. Mr. O'Donnel's departure from Bally was in the early 80's according to my boss.

So today in 2019 I am at work. Mr. O'Reily has told me many things about Bill O'Donnel and Bally. Mainly that they had a very good business relationship for years. Alouette would buy conainers of Bally products and these purchases would be shipped directly here from Bally on Belmont avenue in Chicago and fianancing was provided by another Bally company at very reasonable terms. So containers of Old Chicagos and Bally products were coming through this building at regualr intervals in the late 70's.

I always loved working in this business, especially at the distributor level when it has stories that show how business was done before. No e-mails. Faxes with cover pages and phonecalls with emphasis on tonality.

I understood stuff at Laniel Automatic when the VP of sales was demanding of Rachel Davies of Williams in an affirmative tone from his office a better deal on the next load of pins because the last model (in his own words) "...was shit and didn't sell well at all." I remember thinking to myself as I walked to the coffee machine in the showroomand hearing this in the background that there was no other place for me to be if I wanted to have a job. I feel the same thing here on occasion, there is plenty of history and the opportunity to discover it.

There are 11pins that are ready to go in the old showroom here at Alouette. Than name Alouette also has a long story dating back to the 50's that I will eventually tell when the time comes, and they were likely a thorn in Laniel Automatic's side for decades, but for now here is the list of pins presently sitting here on Delmeade in the town of Mount-Royal.

WLL Pokerino
BLY Circus
GTB World Fair
BLY Power Play
BLY 6 Million Dollar Man
WLL Gulfstream
WLL Time Warp
BLY Night Rider
PRE/GTB Cactus Jack
WLL Disco Fever
BLY Supersonic

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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.

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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Postby OTTOgd » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:15 pm

R.A.B. wrote:There are 11pins that are ready to go in the old showroom here at Alouette.

Oooh, dancing cacti! Yeeee-hah!

Have yet to play that game, darnit.


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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:20 pm

I love the fact that there are only 20 people on line here right now. 9 morons (including myself are registered, and that is counting the goddamn fucking robots - wtf)

Anyways, I digress, maybe the hobby is dead, or maybe this is just the Quebec construction holiday which started today which in turn makes things appear very quiet here on this forum.

In fact, this whole freakin' French province will slow down in the next two weeks, making it the least nervous of all the 10 hopefully. Traffic will be less overbearing in Montreal as the general population gets out of the GMA in one crazy friday exodus.

Whatever it is that is making things quiet here, it remains a reflection of something real. Natural fact Jack. And maybe, just maybe the www is just a fad. :shock: Great tool, but a real shitty entertainment device.

Keep cool everyone and don't forget to post.

Also a word for better living as a human animal - instead of judging, just be curious. It displays a better side of our humanity while keeping you from being negative without an answer pertaining to the situation.

Hugs, god bless and all that non-sense as we keep hoping for a better world which seems to inevitably be going mad and hence is more than likely headed for a major adjustment, so hang on brothers and sisters, just hang on.

Rob
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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.

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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Postby WARLOCK » Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:43 pm

The perspective of curiosity over judgement...
Positive empathy rather than negative thought or words..
Language is powerful, and I (we) should choose our words carefully..
I will be doing just that in the future; with much more pondering, to keep it cool...

To become:

Free from..
And..
Free for..
What is next..

More soon. Cheers. Salut.

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Postby cait001 » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:14 pm

I want to give a shout-out to all the techs out there. In the last year my job life has really ramped up and my time for coin-op and repairs has withered to nothing. And the workload shows no signs of diminishing for at least a year.
I am so grateful to the people out there willing to take on my projects and try and bring them back to life. And normally that'd be enough to say about the pinball techs, but right now I have dispersed obscure coin-op machines to get fixed to three different people who were willing to take on the challenge. We're not talking about a basic shop job here.
one person is working on redoing a purely mechanical 1934 World's Series
one person is working on a 1970s Japanese Arrangeball machine, taking on some of the earliest solid-state board tech in Japanese coin-op.
one person is working on a 1960s German gambling machine!

I won't name names, but give a shout if you want to. I have been good at the hunting and coordination to bring these international odd machines to Ottawa, but I am floored by the enthusiasm and support of the people in this hobby willing to take these coin-op machines in and try and get them running again so they might be shared at future OPGS shows.
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Postby R.A.B. » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:38 pm

I have a client who eats marijuana laced cookies all day long. He says that it keeps him from getting angry at the world he lives in, and that is good as a short term solution, but he will have to eat these until the end unless something major changes. These cookies help him to function as a family man and restaurant owner. Yes, we are all inevitably broken after a few decades on this earth, and some of us are more broken than others. Regardless, all of us will have to choose a medicine if you recognize these times as challenging to your well being. It can be cookies, jogging, drinking, meditation, anti-depressants, religion, heavy metal, pinball, art, or even sex and chocolate, in fact anything that makes you forget what you know for a while. It is your choice. This client collects only Bally pinball machines and talks way too much, but I like the guy. He buys lots of parts from me at Alouette and is quite entertaining in small doses, so a good topic for this post.

I did a service call for him a while back and fixed his Wizard which had a very weird problem having to do with some rewiring a previous jackass had done on the coin door in an attempt to fix something or other that needed fixing by some other means. Luckily the client had the schematic to help me put things right. He paid me and tipped me and gave me two cookies. Since I was never much into smoking weed (or eating it for that matter), I gave one cookie away to a friend of mine who likes that kind of numbness, she is dealing with her own baggage I am sure in the best way she can. The other one I gave to an old friend who is an ex-junkie and managed to get himself off the street after fifteen years of sleeping in alleys and getting beat up on a regular basis. He has been off junk for a good five years, and now smokes a joint before bed as his only relief from the fact of finding himself alive again. Doesn't drink, snort or shoot anything more volatile than soft drinks, coffee or throwing a football around occasionally. The problem began when he had left the cookie offering in the back seat of my Camry one night. He simply forgot to take it with him when I dropped him off at his one room apt.on St.Denis street one night. I couldn't leave it to cook in the sun, I took it back to my place.

So last night I ate a 1/2" square piece of that potent cookie because I was feeling like I needed a break from what I know about life these days as a 56 year-old man who has lived an incredible life so far. I wanted to forget some of the crap that has been bothering me lately concerning what I know as some truths I think I can not change, and since I do not believe that god or yoga or going to the gym all the time to get the bugs out, or just becoming a moron who accepts whatever is the latest truth as an absolute, I decided that I wanted to give myself a temporary break from everything I understand and come back to life again after that reprieve, calmer and refreshed. Well, it put me to sleep alright, and I thought about all the people I know who can't handle what they know. So some people smoke or eat this shit all day long and will need to keep doing this until they decide to face the fact that we are just fodder and tools of evolution with little importance on the larger scheme of things especially after middle age has taken a monkey grip on your gumption for life and you find yourself saying, "so that was my life ?".

When I woke up with the morning light this morning at 5 or so, I just wanted to sleep some more, but I kicked myself in the ass and went to do a service call on the south shore. A Maverick and a Shaq Attack. After I got those machines to work again, the client said that I looked tired, and I said that I was. I had slept solid the night before, but was ready to nap as soon as I found a place to lay down. I made my way back home and slept until the second schedualed service call of the day in Westmount at 2:30 PM on a Pinbot that needed an external battery pack. I was starting to feel a little less dumb and tired as I made my way out of that rich neighourhood and back home by 4. Slept some more, but the cell phone and the old pager kept dinging with notifications and waking me up in a startled fashion until I turned off the volume on the phone, took the batteries out of the pager and threw them both across the room for good measure. Slept some more and woke up at 7pm and had a couple of phone conversations with some real friends I trust, so now I think that I am OK again to face the truth along with the things that I don't want to change anymore.

Hell is others, but the real problem and dichotomy of it all is that others are also what makes life bearable. Fawk !!
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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.

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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Postby Dave W. » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:53 pm

R.A.B. wrote:but the cell phone and pager kept dinging with notifications and waking me up in a startled fashion until I turned off the volume, took the batteries out of the old pager and threw the phone across the room


Sorry Rob... one of those messages was mine. Should have sent it to you when you were at Alouette.
When I had health issues a few years ago and wasn't eating, some people suggested that pot would help my appetite. Truth is, it just made me sleep all day.

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Postby R.A.B. » Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:27 pm

Dave W. wrote:
R.A.B. wrote:but the cell phone and pager kept dinging with notifications and waking me up in a startled fashion until I turned off the volume, took the batteries out of the old pager and threw the phone across the room


Sorry Rob... one of those messages was mine. Should have sent it to you when you were at Alouette.
When I had health issues a few years ago and wasn't eating, some people suggested that pot would help my appetite. Truth is, it just made me sleep all day.


No worries Dave.

As an existentialist, :| it is totally my responsibility to turn the notification pings off when I should. The god-damn 1/2 inch square piece of cookie made me a little more irresponsible than I care to be for about 20 hours of my existence. :oops:

Call me at Alouette tomorrow, I should be on the ball again. 8-)
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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.

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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Postby R.A.B. » Wed Jul 24, 2019 9:21 pm

I was reading one of my favorite weirdo writer buddies tonight and he used a phrase which I immediately found described a good percentage of the posts in this incredible journal called the MAACA DAILY NEWS.

Here it is - "we should expose the obscure details of being human so we can then see that we are not all that different from each other when we take back the right to not be divided and then have the courage to talk openly without judgement, without judgement because that is what defeats us. "

I am sure you have stories, so let it loose and feel free (if you can) to describe the possible weirdness of finding yourself alive in these times. We are living closer and closer to the end of this North American empire and maybe our civilization altogether, but heck, I could be wrong. Maybe everything is just "ducky", - just fine and we are all getting along and building a sustainable world and environment for our children and that environment is designed to promote intelligence, knowledge, responsibility and caring. It is a good thing that the people with real power to change things and the men who hold high places are prioritizing long term thinking so we can all be well in the end.

God, here we are, a ship of fools and fodder - why don't you just sweep us up if when we make a terrible mess of this place ?

Rob
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Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
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.

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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Postby WARLOCK » Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:49 pm

Here here...
And it was the pilot...

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Postby WARLOCK » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:50 pm

Many more days.
Much more work.
Uncertain what to say.
Perhaps clarity one day.

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Postby cait001 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:26 am

uh oh even more new projects (see below)
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Postby R.A.B. » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:14 am

WARLOCK wrote:Many more days.
Much more work.
Uncertain what to say.
Perhaps clarity one day.


I think of people each time I see one, and so I watch them and look at what they do and listen to what they say and observe how & why they move, and then I think to myself, for a moment, or maybe longer before responding in one way or another. Sometimes I speak, or just walk away or simply zone out (or is the world zona these days ?) if I am stuck listening to stuff that I already know or bores me in one way or another, I still listen somehow. I do the latter mostly out of politeness, or if I appreciate some other quality about the person, other than "souly" their words.

When I was very young, I use to think that everyone I met had a similar disposition to mine. I was also more open to change then and my world was smaller and easier to understand no matter what happened within its boundaries, someone close to me could usually explain it. However there had to be a similar value system as starters for something to connect or to be understood, and this seemed to be more easily available when I hung out with people I knew or met inhabiting a similar social class, context, culture and/or studying the same things in school, and ofcourse simply sharing similar interests overall. These types of dispositions seemed to allow an unspoken understanding to grow between us which often led to friendship.

Then socializing via the web came, and it made it obvious that there is a much wider variety of screwheads than I could have ever possibly imagined in a whole life time. And when I use my perception and innate horse sense in really meeting people face to face in any entourage, class or another culture altogether these days, I can still make sense of most of it as an adult. I am always carrying myself and my filters and the friends I have whether I am meeting someone new in the face to face physical reality or via the new reality slowly replacing the old one. We are almost all done with the old one anyways. We have milked the fucker for all it is worth, and now that there is much to do about nothing again in the first world, we need a new reality to milk. And even if it holds little in the way of a tangible substance for now, it makes it up in the enormous quantity of information it provides. It also compensates for its' lack in tangible substance (again, for now) by being an easily accessible reality to so many of us who would never have met otherwise. It also often acts as a catch all for the many of those who couldn't find a way to matter otherwise via real action and real life, but are at least provided a sense of perceived importance via the web. It remains an illusion of sorts for now. Writing that you disagree or agree or love or hate means little unless you act on it in the "old" reality.

Why is it that it takes a long time to build a friendship, a real one, not a facebook one. You have to go through some life experiences together, not only exchanges via e-mail, text and social media or even facetime, albeit the latter being handy as hell when you are trying to explain something to the dummy on the other end of the phone, because words and listening and processing information are losing their importance and are under attack for several reasons we will not get into right here and now. This is not necessarily a moral issue, it is evolutionary to some extent. There remains a lack of substance in not being with someone in the same time and space, and that is something I got to use working and living with now with the younger gens I have to deal with. I am getting to a stage in life where I have decided to not buy into trusting a reality housing a lack of substance and using it as a reliable source of truth to act upon. In the end, I see the new reality of the web and social media as a catch all for so many of us fuck ups which are using it as a new reality clean of the burden of a stable and sometimes undeniable truths. In not acknowledging certain things, and extracting what is convenient to your goals, it makes it easier to feel liked, look competent and affirmed and important for many people, and I guess that is good in a way. Whatever it ends up defining us as, it remains an illusion at best that can be shattered as easily as dried fructose icing. Maybe that will change one day, depending on which way the world goes.

The words below are not mine, but they speak to me and maybe you.

A few weeks ago someone commented on my new post, saying they had just stumbled across my blog, and that it was “very old school.”

I took that as a compliment, and got to reminiscing about what old school blogging really felt like, compared to today. Something’s definitely gone missing—some quality that made it vivid and exciting, and I want it back.

When I started in 2009, and for years afterward, I just wrote stuff, having absolutely no idea if anyone would relate. I wrote as well as I could, but there was a wonderful off-the-cuff feel to the process. If it was interesting to me, it might be to someone else. So I would write something about it. The incomparable joy of campfires. The rich history of a particular dent in my car.


I just let the ideas fly. People did relate, usually, although—importantly, I think—sometimes they didn’t. That was okay, and expected. I was just saying things.

Amidst all this vigorous saying of things, strangers appeared in the comments. You! You appeared, and you said things too, which made it a conversation. We talked about parking lots. Music. Meditation. Friendships. Kettlebells. The obscure details of being human.

The whole arrangement seemed so straightforward. We bloggers simply shared what we thought was interesting or helpful, and whoever agreed would congregate around, and we’d have a good talk about it, or maybe just think about it at work that day. The blog was just a microphone, and the internet only an aid to sharing our thoughts, like we had always done, in cars, in pubs, in school.

Somewhere along the line, at least for me, something got in the way of that straightforward sharing. If you’re a regular reader you’ve probably noticed I don’t post as often anymore.

Trepidation eventually sunk in around my writing and posting, especially when I started having mega-hits with hundreds of thousands of views. I felt pressure to follow up a hit with something just as good, so newcomers wouldn’t leave right away. It started feeling increasingly risky, even dangerous, to simply post my thoughts as I once had.

Writing time per post ballooned. For a few years I did little but try to write something profound every week. It had to be a life-changing bombshell or nothing. I stopped writing about niche topics that not everyone was into, even if they really mattered to me. I tried to please everyone, rather than just share what was in my heart that day.

Much of this complexity arose from my own neuroses and unchecked habits. But the internet itself has also changed. As one astute tweet put it, “1999: there are thousands of websites, all hyperlinked together. 2019: there are four websites, each filled with screenshots of the other three.”

I got caught up in the unimaginative tenets of the Age of Content. It’s got to land. It’s got to pull in eyeballs. It’s got to be shareable. Nothing too long, nothing too short. Nothing avant-garde. Facebook’s share count will tell you how well you did.

My process filled with doubt and overthinking, and that really suffocated any sense that I was free to share whatever moved me. Yet the site is still the same thing it ever was, mechanically at least. It’s still just a web log where I can broadcast my thoughts.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love you, and I love how we used to just talk. I’m going to approach blogging in the free-form way I used to. That means I’m going to be saying things more often, with fewer words, and with much less hand-wringing over those words.

I’m going to try new things, and some old ones. There may be some awkwardness. Like in a real conversation.

You’ve always upheld your end of it though. I can’t believe that I can post something, on an old school WordPress blog, in 2019, and dozens of people will comment on it. Thank you for keeping it old school.

By the way, I love it when you comment. Even if you seldom or never do, I’d love it if you’d click through and just say hi to everyone today.

Long live the blog. Long live straightforwardly sharing what’s in our hearts.


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Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
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.

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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Postby Guard » Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:23 am

Back to work after 5 months.....yea, I could handle retirement. Oh well, 2 more years....
PINS- Hit The Deck/ Buccaneer/Sure Shot/Fire Queen/ Volley/ Tee'd Off/ Rollergames/ Star Trip/ Flip Flop/ Combat/ Flash Gordon/ Capt.Card/Bluenote/ Pat Hand /Strange Science/Card Whiz/ Genesis/Jolly Roger / Bally Beat The Clock/ Spanish Eyes/ Outer Space/Bronco/ Stern POTC
Projects- Jacks Open /Stratoflite/ Tri Zone/ Hang Glider
RIP- Sinbad/ Supersonic

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Postby R.A.B. » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:14 am

Making the days count, - each and everyone of them. And lately I have been filling them with the stuff that makes me feel like I am having an effect on the course of things that matter somewhat in regards to people's happiness, and I like that. Makes me feel, yes makes me feel and think and consider the fact that maybe we are a whole lot less meaningless than the little piss ants that we all are in the evidently larger scheme of things. Yes, your net worth is about $1.98, regardless of who you think you are, or what some asshole at your bank tells you. No, we are not penguins !!!

Not just existing, that is not enough these days for those who feel a sense of responsibility towards the wider world that needs alot of help.

Now go and give MAACA a bump somewhere, any thread other than.......the ones that stagnate us and bore you and leave you wondering why you are on-line again. Information is not always enough in order to always promote thoughts and actions, there has to be a spark to ignite what you know. What is that spark for you, that is a god-damn quinsitential question.

Yabo !! Off to set up the next pop up arcade/line up on the islands (Parc Jean-Drapeau) for the Osheaga festivities this weekend. Last weekends "77 & Heavy MTL went off without many technical hassles, and that makes me feel pretty good. And like pinball, it is more skill than luck these days. So spending the day working outdoors in this moderate weather is going to be JUST DUCKY and what I believe will make me happy at the end of the day when I go to the North Star to have a beer after the work is all done. :?

Here's to all those people I care about who give a shit about making a difference. Let it happen, make it happen, whatever.



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http://www.northstarpinball.com

Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
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.

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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Postby R.A.B. » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:42 am

One more time with a different flavour, the fact remains, "...can't stop the train got to let it roll..."



http://www.montrealpinball.com
http://www.northstarpinball.com

Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
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.

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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Postby Guard » Fri Aug 02, 2019 7:21 am

About halfway through my 96 hour work week.....just 42 more hours to go until Sunday night.
If only pinball wasn't so expensive. :o
PINS- Hit The Deck/ Buccaneer/Sure Shot/Fire Queen/ Volley/ Tee'd Off/ Rollergames/ Star Trip/ Flip Flop/ Combat/ Flash Gordon/ Capt.Card/Bluenote/ Pat Hand /Strange Science/Card Whiz/ Genesis/Jolly Roger / Bally Beat The Clock/ Spanish Eyes/ Outer Space/Bronco/ Stern POTC
Projects- Jacks Open /Stratoflite/ Tri Zone/ Hang Glider
RIP- Sinbad/ Supersonic

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Postby shane » Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:16 am

Put our 1st offer on a home..( renters in several cities,provinces and territories for 30+ years)..
.. scary grown up stuff.

Was always terrified of being a home owner.

Seems so grown up, roots down, filling cabinets in the home office, etc ,etc ,not me.

Home ownership always seemed like the final girl guide badge to adulthood ,,,,roots deep down.

No anarchist ,severe introvert ,punk rocker or true hippie in their right mind would consider such a
20 +year commitment at any age, would they?

All of a sudden I felt like this was/is the right thing to do, guess change is inevitable. My oldest just turned 20 on Wednesday, made me start to think about well, stuff. Had him when I was 25. Seems a lifetime ago and just yesterday if that makes any sense at all.

This home is directly across the street from where we are now. ( path of last resistance) ?

Neighbor passed away after 74 years in the house alone......I thought I was a shy ,private person.
We only talked once in ten years less a few other waves hello that was it.
Wish we talked more but it's to late now....
Maybe say hello to your neighbor today?

Now. The reason I'm getting free psychotherapy here on maaca:

House has room for waaay more pinball!!
I can probably get 9 or 10 more in the basement.
(13 total, I'm superstitious)
Our house currently can take 3 pins, no more.
Has 200 amp service so no more popping breakers when/if I add more pins.

Whole "thing" just feels right, not sure why but that
"Gut" feeling is there so why fight it?
Sooo, if this grown up thing does happen I'll be able to host a tournament, !!
after adding more pins of course.

Backyard has a giant heated pool so cannonballs will be mandatory for tournament entry. :FP:

Thanks for the free therapy maaca folks. I think I feel better now.

If you're a person of faith , please say one for me?
If you're not, maybe cross your fingers for me?

Uncharted adulting , here we come...
Shane. "Just because I love pinball doesn't mean I'm any good".

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Postby Guard » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:07 am

Lets see.....I could part with a Flip Flop, a Bronco, a Jolly Roger, a pin to be named later,..... :mrgreen:
PINS- Hit The Deck/ Buccaneer/Sure Shot/Fire Queen/ Volley/ Tee'd Off/ Rollergames/ Star Trip/ Flip Flop/ Combat/ Flash Gordon/ Capt.Card/Bluenote/ Pat Hand /Strange Science/Card Whiz/ Genesis/Jolly Roger / Bally Beat The Clock/ Spanish Eyes/ Outer Space/Bronco/ Stern POTC
Projects- Jacks Open /Stratoflite/ Tri Zone/ Hang Glider
RIP- Sinbad/ Supersonic

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Postby R.A.B. » Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:41 pm

shane wrote:Put our 1st offer on a home..( renters in several cities,provinces and territories for 30+ years)..
.. scary grown up stuff.

Was always terrified of being a home owner.

Seems so grown up, roots down, filling cabinets in the home office, etc ,etc ,not me.

Home ownership always seemed like the final girl guide badge to adulthood ,,,,roots deep down.

No anarchist ,severe introvert ,punk rocker or true hippie in their right mind would consider such a
20 +year commitment at any age, would they?

All of a sudden I felt like this was/is the right thing to do, guess change is inevitable. My oldest just turned 20 on Wednesday, made me start to think about well, stuff. Had him when I was 25. Seems a lifetime ago and just yesterday if that makes any sense at all.

This home is directly across the street from where we are now. ( path of last resistance) ?

Neighbor passed away after 74 years in the house alone......I thought I was a shy ,private person.
We only talked once in ten years less a few other waves hello that was it.
Wish we talked more but it's to late now....
Maybe say hello to your neighbor today?

Now. The reason I'm getting free psychotherapy here on maaca:

House has room for waaay more pinball!!
I can probably get 9 or 10 more in the basement.
(13 total, I'm superstitious)
Our house currently can take 3 pins, no more.
Has 200 amp service so no more popping breakers when/if I add more pins.

Whole "thing" just feels right, not sure why but that
"Gut" feeling is there so why fight it?
Sooo, if this grown up thing does happen I'll be able to host a tournament, !!
after adding more pins of course.

Backyard has a giant heated pool so cannonballs will be mandatory for tournament entry. :FP:

Thanks for the free therapy maaca folks. I think I feel better now.

If you're a person of faith , please say one for me?
If you're not, maybe cross your fingers for me?

Uncharted adulting , here we come...


Shane,

Fantastic post and I will cross my fingers for you and will also add a good thought to my hopes for this huge step you are taking.

Life is long wondrous and wild, and buying a house is OK, even at your age. Maintaining it may be more and more of a task as you age, but that is a long while from now, so go for it, you have already lived the opposite, so it makes sense.

Hugs dude, keep on truckin', what the hell else are you suppose to do at this point.

Rob
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http://www.northstarpinball.com

Maxed out at 10 machines, no more no less. Toujours a 10 machines, pas moins pas plus.
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.

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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Postby WARLOCK » Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:11 am

Shane, great to hear. Congrats bro. Talk soon.
RAB, Thanks for the prod... as usual my friend.
More news and updates from Pinburgh very soon.
Large Canadian contingent once again. More soon.

Cheers, Salut.
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Postby cait001 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:46 pm

wooo congrats on the house! Renfrew isn't too far away from o-town
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backglasses wanted: Fairy, Fire Queen, Out Of Sight, Star-Jet
marquees wanted: Varkon, Dark Planet, Strider, Astro Invader, R-Type (w/ship), Quantum, Tutankham
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Postby shane » Mon Aug 05, 2019 9:31 am

Thanks y'all!
Huge final step.....gulp.
Will help perpetuate my pin obsession. ....gulp
And R.A.B. , even though I might look 45 on the outside. I'm really just 13 1/2 inside so I've got lots of piss and vinegar left to TCB. Lol.

Maaca hugs, or high 5s or whateva.
Now to try and figure out what's wrong with BK.
Sheesh ,, hes getting finicky in his late 40's.
Shane. "Just because I love pinball doesn't mean I'm any good".



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