Also this week Stern released photos
and video of the new Metallica pinball machine
This is not just signifigant because it's probably the best ones they've ever made (and sold out within an hour of press release), Metallica has always been a huge part of Chuck's life. I remember before they were even well known. They were on the local rock station, and my brother recorded them. I remember him playing that tape back all the time because the band at the time were pretty down to earth and funny. His passion for metallica was pretty deep, he'd owned probably 6-8 tshirts, all the CD's, he even bought 2-3 vinyl records with art printed on the whole record, and even a gold one. I remember sometime around 2001 me and my wife were staying overnight at my mom's house in lakemoore, and at like 5am all of the sudden metallica starts playing out of the blue over the intercom (battery). I was a little freaked out about this initially because this was so out of the blue (and why would my mom be listening to metallica at 5am)? I actually had thoughts that maybe my brother was out partying and died, and this was his way of saying goodbye. Turns out, someone left an alarm activated on the built-in radio system, and it was left on CD player (which happened to have a metallica CD in it). Who knew he would actually pass on a year later.
Anyway, a little over a year ago
I finally purchased my first pin. You can read my progress on my
Like Chuck would say, "I need this
shit!" I hunted around probably for 4-6 months, trying to spend as
little as possible. Finally I found a local garage sale by work that
was trying to sell a non-working 1968 bally for $200. I talked him
down to $150, which I thought was fair considering I had no idea what I
was in for. After replacing some fuses, and cleaning some contacts,
I finally managed to get it working to the point where it would play a
game. I ended up selling it, and meanwhile (as you can see by the
video above), my collection continues to grow. It's certainly an
addicting hobby. I've learned to fix my own machines, and if chuck
were still around I'd think he be a little proud (and hopefully wanting
to play a few games).
I guess what initially made me want to update this site is this video:
It's a guy named POGO. He's
done a bunch of really cool movie remixes (the pee-wee's big adventure
one is great). I've been listening to this song at work, a lot.
Brings back memories of Chuck loving quentin tarrintino. The three
movies at the time was Dusk till dawn, Resevoir Dogs, and Pulp fiction.
I believe the last gift I got him was a framed Resevoir Dogs poster.
Also these three movies were at a "quentin tarrintino festival" at the
brew-n-view. There's nothing quite like watching your favorite movies
with a bunch of drunks yelling comments at the screen.