I agree. A pinball machine is a very strong social lubricant. The social part is what brings us to the hobby. That's why we do it. Back in the old days, when you had to go to the arcade to play, even if you went by yourself, there would always be a few other people around. So you were never really all by yourself.
I have numerous repair customers in their 70's and 80's who haven't played pinball in decades. They keep their games working properly because they know how much fun the kids, grand kids and great grandkids have on the game when they come over. I hear their stories over and over. They don't bat an eye at cost. Get the game working whatever it takes. That's my kind of pinball wisdom. Those people get it.
And I don't think any of you guys have no idea. If you walked up to a tournament about to start with women standing around, would you shout out: 'Is there really going to be girls allowed in this tournament?' Of course you wouldn't. So you do have a clue. Don't sell yourself short. Think about what you say, but don't be a wallflower. We're all there to socialize. That's just part of the deal.
I've been noticing lately that when I search for a name on IFPA, I'm seeing more women in the 'most popular' section below. I like that. Sometimes I click on them to look at their profile. I'm amazed at some of the resumes. These women are playing a hell of a lot of pinball. I suggest others click on those links. You already know a lot of their names, check out their resumes. Having over 100 events on your profile doesn't grant you instant respect, but it damn sure gets you a seat at the table.