All right, I'm playing catch-up with this one now, and listening to episode...13, I think (I forget the numbers), it actually struck me as pretty interesting. Well, more that it stirred up feelings of jealousy that Seattle pinball operators tend to be so passionate and dedicated to keeping their machines in tip-top shape.
I live in one of those "other towns" (I guess that means I'm part of the non-Seattle minority of listeners--I live in Los Angeles) where, frankly, the operators don't care. I've mentioned this in some other topics, but machines tend to be in various states of disrepair, and operators are impossible to contact. So I did a Post-It Note system where I'd stick a note saying what's wrong with the machine as concisely as possible (such as "drain sensor is faulty" or "left orbit switch is broken"), and all that resulted was the Post-It Notes disappearing without the machines being fixed or, in the worst case, the machine is removed from the location entirely without a replacement. They don't play pinball, they most likely don't like pinball, and these machines are obviously just there as effort-free money on the side. (There are some exceptions, where some operators take these issues very seriously, but most do not.)
I've been given suggestions to host events because they'll encourage operators to keep them in good shape, but I have so far been unable to do so because I can't get ahold of them. In the few times that I have, I have been brushed aside as a nuisance.
In any case, that leads me to a question: Did Seattle operators becoming more dedicated to keeping their machines in good working condition create a vibrant and large pinball community, or was it the other way around?