So I walk in the front door and the guy behind the ticket table is reading Drop Target #4! I said to him, "I'm Alec Longstreth! I make that zine with my buddy Jon!" The guy (whose name I have forgotten - sorry!) asked me to sign the copy, and as I was doing so he said, "You'll never guess who's here... Keith Elwin!" This was especially cool, because Jon and I had interviewed Keith in DTZ #4 and reviewed his Pinball 101 video.
I introduced myself to Keith and asked if I could get a photo with him, which he said was okay. I'm glad I wasn't the only one wearing a pinball shirt at this place!
I guess there was a big pinball festival somewhere North of the Bay Area and Keith was in town for it. I didn't have a car, so I couldn't get up there, but I still got a pinball fix at the PPM.
The cover charge is now $15, so I was determined to get my money's worth. I play a lot of the 80s and 90s machine in the back room, and then when I started getting burned out, I moved to the quieter front room to play some older machines and read the historical info on top of each one.
When I caught back up with Claire, she was having an awesome game of Road Show. At the end she got to enter her initials for the #2 score. We were both kind of amazed by this. Don't get me wrong, Claire is a pretty darn good pinball player, but #2 at the Pacific Pinball Museum?!
After hours and hours of playing these machines on free play, I dropped a few quarters into the pay machines in the lobby. I tried the new AC-DC machine (with dropped playfield!) It was a lot of fun.
NEXT UP: The Musée Mecanique!