Thursday, November 18, 2010


 Y'all know how I love to scavenge, right?  Y'all also know that I find a lot of my good stuff on bulk pick-up day (coming soon to my hood!), but one of the major stops for my scavenging self is my very own neighborhood message board.  My neighbors and I freecycle back and forth like crazy and I just love it.  Love, love, love it.  Well, so, one day someone posts that they are GIVING AWAY a Pachinko machine. OH. MAH. GAWWWD.  How did I even know what a Pachinko machine was, you ask?  I have no idea really, except that I really, really love pinball machines (Note to all scavengers: I really want a pinball machine ((that works)).) and perhaps I heard of Pachinko via that world?  I don't really know except to say that I did know and I jumped on that email. I mean jumped.  As in, heart pounding fingers shaking jumped.
There's a kind of funny back story to this. Well, it's not really even funny or interesting at all, but I feel I need to say it. This same family had offered up something else free a few months ago and I had claimed it and then never picked it up which is just beyond awful in the freecycle world.  I never (well, obviously not never) do that and it really bugs me when others do it to me. Needless to say, I was slightly mortified to even ask for the amazing Pachinko offer, but, well, you know, greediness took over and I asked.
Let me just say that the Pachinko has a new home with us and is very, very loved.  I mean, veryvery.  We are all endlessly fascinated with it and it is high on the "To Do" list to get it back into tip-top shape.  It works, but we want it to rock the Casbah and it does need some hoo haw Jackdaddy time.  Someday we'll have it up on the wall and y'all can come on by and have a chat with Lady Luck.
Just take a gander at this thing. It's a toy! It's art! It's a magical machine!  I could go on and on, but just look...look and envy, my friends (Hooohaaaa)!

(One for the electrogeeks)

ASHTRAY, y'all.  Can you imagine?  Mmmm, what if smoking were actually good for you...

My deepest thanks to the "McC" family for this generous gift.  We promise to love it, and use it, and offer it back to you first if we ever tire of it (ha).  And thank you for holding the shadow theater for me in my time of slackerness and I'm gonna bring you by some delicious yard eggs as a tiny bit of thanks. 
Chaching, indeed!


  1. I noticed this the other day and can't believe I didn't say anything. I LOVE Pachinko! My grandfather had a pachinko machine in his home office when I was growing up, so it brings back very warm memories of him. Can't wait to play!

  2. I would trade a Pachinko machine for fresh yard eggs any old day. Unfortunately, I don't have anything to trade. Sigh.
    It looks deliciously complicated and anyone would be entranced to have this in their home. Lucky duck!!!

  3. So you're the one! I should have known...really. heehee Enjoy!! Be sure to make up some kind of drinking game too. Cheers! kat

  4. Love the machine! Freecycle is just the best.
    ms md

  5. That is unbelievable!!! I need to check it out... maybe it will inspire some neat-o pachinko inspired kid-project... that is really beyond the pale though!! So beautiful!

  6. I still have mine from when I was a kid in my garage. I always intend to find out how much it will cost to have it repaired and electrified, but never get around to it.


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