"Hey I found this pinball machine on Craigslist. It looks like a great deal! Should I buy it?"
About 9 months ago, I talked to this guy about 100 miles away that had a Star Wars Trilogy Pinball. I never saw the machine but had his description and a third party account of the condition.
Last month, perusing Craigslist, I found the machine available for sale. The price listed was considerably less than my last offer, it was for sale by the same guy. I called and he didn't recognize me at first. His situation had changed, and he was hard up for the cash to pay some unexpected bills. Hey, we've all been there.
"Man, this machine is wrapped up in plastic, that's how it has been for 2 years but let me tell you it is Not Junk! All it needs is a $2 part and you are off to the races."
So the moral of the story is.. Be sure to be able to test drive a pinball before buying it. B/c that $2 part the guy mentions it needs, may just be a load o' crap.
I feel a bit of a kinship with the U.S.S. Alabama. We spent this one crazy summer together.. :)
When we first moved down to Alabama, we lived in this hotel on the causeway, the Ramada Inn, which was recently finally demolished. (Behind R&R Seafood, for the locals) Kind of a long story but we were homeless, in a sense. Not, like.. under the overpass in a cardboard box homeless, more like, "oh, well maybe burning the house down for insurance money wasn't a great idea", homeless.
At any rate. As a stir-crazy teen stuck in a hotel room with my parents for a million big dogs (dobermans), I often found ways to entertain myself along the causeway. One such way was to go loaf around the Battleship Park. I walked down there (alot) and they were really kind to me, letting me come in for free all the time.
So, I'm happy we live close to the USS Alabama. Makes for an easy jaunt of nostalgia.
This day, that nostalgia involved flying cameras and I behaved. I really-really wanted to fly across the deck but I did not. Where this shot was taken, I was controlling the craft from down the causeway a bit, beside the base of a bridge near Tacky Jacks. The video signal on the headset was starting to tweak a bit and this was about as close as I felt comfortable getting. I may fly it from the pier one day soon, stay tuned :)