Gardengrrl likes being outside and watching "Sky-TV"
By: GardenGrrl , 4:55 PM GMT on November 11, 2013
The weather was great in Houston this weekend. The pinball convention was fun. The food was outstanding. I got pictures of a pine warbler.
For all of you that left comments for Mom in the previous blog; Briarcraft, Bug, Calpoppy, Proserpina, Sandi, Shore, Skye, WTS, Ylee, Mom really enjoyed it and again says a muted thank-you.
So how much pinball did I play? Sunday morning when it was time to leave I could barely depress the button on top of my hairspray. Really, it does not take much effort to push the two little side buttons that move the flippers. However, I engage pinball machines like a wrestler, pushing, lifting, shaking the table to impose my will on a small silver ball. It's invigorating :-D
Here are some shots from a previous convention. After collecting a set I saw no reason to shoot duplicates at each convention.
These are some Star Trek pinball machines that a wonderful fellow brought to a convention for the rest of us to play. Yes, there are saints of the pinball world that bring their collections for the rest of us to enjoy. Of course there are also dealers that entice sales and trades of machines.
Here are some vintage machines. Originally pinball designs were fairly whimsical providing a fantasy game for the player to enjoy. Over time, in the 80's on up pinball design started taking on images of popular TV and Movies; Terminator, Million Dollar Man, Dr. Who, CSI etc.
Here is a shot of the insides of an old school machine. Todays have circuit boards that provide more bells and whistles. The design is still pretty much the same. They all have flippers, ramps, bumpers.
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