Friday, August 3, 2012

One Last Pinball Hurrah!

On June 1st I drove cross country in a moving truck with my girlfriend Claire, our two rabbits and all of our stuff.  Then, about a week later, I flew back to Vermont, where I have been all summer, to teach the CCS Summer Workshops.  Well, this Sunday I finally fly back to Oakland for good, which means that Drop Target is going to become a bi-costal zine.

Jon and I have worked out all the logistics (he'll handle printing, I'll handle shipping) and really, the zine is laid out digitally, so it will be a cinch to put the issues together from across the country.  We still have another three issues planned, so fear not, Dear Readers, this move will not effect our publishing schedule (approx. two issues per year).

The move will, however, mean that Jon and I will not be able to play pinball together any more, which is a real bummer.  To counteract this situation, we decided to make one last trip to the Pinball Wizard Arcade together yesterday, even though we are both super busy right now.

We had a nice long talk on the drive down and back (2+ hours each way) and played about six straight hours of pinball.  By the time we left, our arms were like jelly.  I especially enjoyed playing Space Shuttle, Black Knight 2000, Tommy, Addams Family and Tron.  Sadly, the Episode I pin2k machine was out of commission, but it was still a great time.  Sarah was getting all the machines ready for the 2nd Annual PWA tournament, which is this weekend.  I can't speak highly enough of that arcade.  It is truly one of the best.  If you are in the area, you should swing by today to register for the tournament!

Anyway, It's been a wild ride these past few years getting into pinball, buying a machine, learning how to fix it, and starting the zine.  A big part of that fun was getting to share everything about this new hobby with a close friend.  So I just wanted to say publicly, Jon, I'm going to miss you dude!  Thanks for all the good times, and I look forward to working on whatever we come up with next!


  1. Let the record show that I have always spoken out in favor of friendship.

  2. Congrats on the move! If you're moved in enough, there will be tournaments on the 26th and 28th, and of course, the leagues are ongoing. The 26th would be a good opportunity to sell some zines.

  3. Thanks for the info, Jonny. I will do my best to swing by to the X-men release party! I definitely need to get tapped into the bay area pinball scene, so that would be a fun chance to meet some folks.