Hello all I’m Myles from Tacoma, WA. I’ve sort of posted a few places about myself so I’ll use this area to go all out. I’ve always been a pinball fanatic but growing up in a small town and moving a lot after college, I didn’t think to think to find a scene. Last week a pinball bar opened by my house called Triple Knock. I went by myself, spent a couple hours and brought my friend back the next day. Having a long-time love affair with pinball, I managed to get the top score on Scared Stiff my first attempt. I know now it’s considered an “easy” game but growing up Elvira was my first R rated movie in a theater, so it always holds a special place in my 10 year old boy heart. Looking to stay on the leader board (I’ve already been knocked down to 3rd) I did some google searching, ended up here, and discovered an entire world I didn’t know existed.
A little bit about my love for pinball. I grew up in a soda shop in the 80s that had a decent selection of pinball games. I literally grew up there; It was a small town with a dentist office (my dad’s) and an attached soda bar where I spent the majority of my time playing pinball and providing child labor as an ice cream scooper. Since then I’ve always loved to impress friends with my pinball skills. Summers were spent on the boardwalk in Wildwood, NJ. Pinball heaven! I also got pretty good at claw machines.
I adulted around after college until I landed in the PNW 2 years ago and found it to be a pinball mecca! In fact, my first job in Tacoma, was working a booth for Uber at a local Pinball conference. Tacoma also has an arcade called Dorky’s that is OK (21+ at night), and there are a ton of machines at various bars around town. I only recently began seeking them out after I made a new friend and we discovered a mutual interest in pinball. He’s in the same boat as me, that being a scene-newb with a long-time love for pinball. Now we’re both totally hooked. I’m here to learn about the scene, learn some skills, etc… Hope to compete some day. Thanks for the great resource.