This blog post will be more rambling than some of my others.
Right now I have a Bram Stoker's Dracula pin that I just did a playfield swap on. I'm hopeful I can get it to the customer this weekend. I'm still waitiing on one part, but it will not affect the gameplay. Oh, and did I mention it looks absolutely beautiful? The playfield looks amazing. The game has the original Dracula toy in it.
I'm torn (as usual) between wanting to keep the game as close to original as possible, and getting a fully upgraded Dracula doll which, by the way, looks incredible.
I'm picking up a Donkey Kong this weeked (as well as dropping off the Dracula). It's a 2 1/2 hour drive, but I always love going game hunting.
I need to finish my Asteroids conversion to Asteroids/Asteroids Deluxe/Lunar Lander. I have the control Panel dialed in, but I need to replace a row of pins on the circuit board. Another thing that I'm hoping to get to this weekend.
I bought a Bump N' Jump game a few months ago and have been struggling with the monitor. It shuts down after awhile (1 to 1 hours of being on). I have rebuilt the monitor, but I believe it is properly shutting off do to excessive x-rays. That will be another thing I will be looking into this weekend.
I went on a house call last week. That was fun. There was a grandmother that had two grand kids who were about 8 - 10 years old. I showed up with my "bag of everything known to human-kind from the dawn of time." The game was Back to the Future. The problem: A ramp had become disconnected. Another problem: They did not have the keys to the coin door. The little guys sat on the sofa as I dug through my bag for my drill. Found the drill. Drilled the lock out. replaced locking cam with a "no key" cam. Took the glass out, fitted the ramp and secured it. Cleaned the glass and turned on the game. Worked like a champ! The two boys and I played several games together and then I was on my way. They were very grateful, as was I.
On Monday I will begin to do a full cabinet restore on a Medieval Madness. I have already done the play field swap. Once the cabinet is restored (along with the warning text on the back box) I will be able to (hopefully) buy a new Godzilla premium. I helped a friend of mine pick his up (new in box smell... yummy). I got to play it a few times, but I didn't want to spoil it by going overboard playing his game. I kinda want to spend a little alone time with my own and have a few surprises.
This may be meandering off the trail of pinball/arcade games, but I should probably write what I feel. This time of year is always somewhat of a struggle for me. It is hard to put it into words. The shadows change, along with the time. The weather gets a bit colder and my mind seems to turn to the past a bit. Don't get me wrong. I have an incredibly awesome life and I don't take that for granted. I mean, look at how many irons I have in the fire. I get to do what I love in my free time. My wife is incredibly awesome. She is very supportive of my hobby (within limits). There are quite a few pinheads out there that don't get the support that I get and I remind myself of that every day.
I guess the message (as cliche as it is) is be happy. If you can find something that makes you feel good, and doesn't negatively affect any one else around you, then do it. I mean make whatever that is your bitch dudes and dudettes.
One last thing: Here is an Easter Egg meant only for one guy: Cliffy. Cliff, if you have read this and got this far, send me an e-mail with these words: Cliffy Rocks. That's it. Just one e-mail with "Cliffy Rocks" in the subject line. There will be a cool gift for you if I get that e-mail.
Enough already. Just splayed a bunch of gibberish but sometimes I like to do that.
Live Happy. Live in today, and for the love of Pete: You got to Look Sharp.