Creature from the Black Lagoon is the "new" Theatre of Magic

In life, you need a plan.  At least, that is what I have heard.  It sounds good.  I know many people that have a plan.  College, Job, Marriage, babies.  That's a plan.  A solid one.

Unfortunately, I have never had much success with making plans.

I've bounced to and fro through life.  I am of the mindset that everything will work itself out eventually.  It may not work itself out the way I want it to, but it will work itself out, nevertheless.

I have TRIED to make plans.  I want a plan.  I like the idea of a plan.

A few years ago I awoke with a start from a dream.  In the dream, I was playing a Theater of Magic pinball.  I did not remember the details, but I do remember how that dream made me feel.  I felt happy.  Really, really, happy.

In REAL life, my wife and I went the the Winchester Mystery house a few times.  They had a Theater of Magic pinball there and we would play it for a couple of times.  It's a great memory.  I love my wife, and I love that machine.

After the dream, I formulated a plan in my head.  I owned two pinball games.  Jurassic Park and Star Wars (both Data East).  I would sell those games and use the money from both to buy a Theater of Magic.  Not much of a plan, but a plan nonetheless.

That was a little over two years ago.  I sold those games.  I had money in my pocket.  I could finally buy a Theater of Magic!  I scoured Craigslist and forums to find my grail game.  For some reason, I could not find a Theater of Magic that wasn't completely over priced.  It was expensive!  Then, all of a sudden up popped a Creature from the Black lagoon.  I like that game too!

Creature from the Black Lagoon Pinball game

I bought the Creature. 

I ended up doing a ground up restoration of the Creature that took me almost nine months to complete.  My plan was now history.  I was the proud owner of an incredible example of Creature from the Black Lagoon.  After that, games came and went.  I didn't think about Theater for a long time. 

Then, out of the blue, there was a Theater of Magic available and it was right around the corner from where I lived!  I went in on the game with a friend.  I am now the proud part owner of a Theater of Magic. 

My plan is that I am going to restore it.  We'll see how this plan works out.

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