Well, I was in Santa Fe again this past weekend, only this time when I asked about pinball, one of Claire's friends, Noah, replied "Sure, there's pinball at the sports bar Stats." !!?!
An hour later, Claire and I walked into Stats, and found a Family Guy and a Simpsons machine tucked into one corner. Yee-haw! All future trips to Santa Fe are looking better and better ;)
Family Guy cost a dollar (!) so I only paid for one credit. Luckily, I have watched enough PAPA videos of that game, that I somewhat know what I'm doing, and was able to start a few modes and a multiball, so I got a replay on my first try. There's nothing quite like a free game of pinball :)
Claire and I played Simpsons for about an hour (only 50 cents per credit!) although there was no ball saver and Claire was getting some harsh house ball drains. After a lot of trying I finally started the Itchy and Scratchy multiball, which enabled me to get a replay, which felt pretty good.
Both of these games were in great shape. When you see a well-maintained machine, it means there's someone out there who knows what they are doing! So who are you, mystery Santa Fe pinball operator, and do you have any more machines around town?