Pacific Pinball Expedition

Posted: October 13th, 2009 by ROM

saberPinballog Entry: It’s been, like, a fortnight since I left the paradise of Portland and embarked on my journey to the congested badlands of San Francisco. Before boarding the aeroplane at pdx aeroport, I left my trusty portland pinball map in the hands of my cat, Solomon (pictured). It would be worthless there: San Fran is unmapped territory. The whatabouts of the local pin sitch is all word of mouth. And as Fox Mulder once told me after he’d recently come back from time traveling to 1860s San “Gold Rush” Francisco, “Hey stud, trust me on this: trust no one in that town.”

But, whatever, I didn’t need a map. This expedition was to an exposition. And at the expo some dude on the internet promised me I’d find hundreds, nay three hundreds, of pinball machines. Including Future Spa. So with my shoes on my feet and my pants around my legs, I ventured headlong into the realm. So long Solomon and friends, I said to myself – don’t forget to maintain the map in my absence.

Once inside the expo, I found this:
pinball posters

Pretty rad blow-ups of backglass. I soaked it in. Then I freaked out and ran around in circles until I found some familiar faces – my Bros from the northlands, plus Jeri. I don’t even know what happened after that. Basically I played a ton of pinball for two days straight. And I ate a bunch of In ‘N Out and trail mix.

I competed a little in this section:
Tournament space

Oh, I was devastated to find that Future Spa was NOT there. Those fucks on the internet lied to me.

Some games I liked a bunch: Fireball, Pharaoh, Roller Disco, Corvette, Alien Star, and many more. There was a nice array of games. Some rad Sys11 Gottliebs. Not enough ’80s/’90s machines, I’d say. But I played a bunch of games that were new to me. And I played many exciting matches against my friends.

And here’s another picture.

So that’s about it for this entry. I doubt you found it informative. That’s because it wasn’t really.

Categories: Pinball

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  1. danny backglass   14 Oct 09 at 1:03 pm

    Man. Thanks for posting. I couldn’t stare at that evil doughnut any longer…

  2. Jonny O   25 Nov 09 at 10:04 pm

    Actually, those blow-ups of the backglasses are paintings by Dan Fontes. Some of them are at lucky ju ju ( in Alameda. He also did some of the work at Playland Not at the Beach in El Cerrito.


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