March 3rd 2013
March 3rd 2013
I woke up about 7am to find Robyn already was already preparing for a day of shred, film, pinball, and a special type of kyte-boarding.
Robyn and I took out time getting our snowboard gear on and preparing video and still cameras for the days adventure.
We loaded up the generator and a pinball machine in the back of my pickup truck. The pinball machine selected for this project was a 1978 Bally Solid State machine called "Strikes and Spares" A bowling theme pinball game, design by Gary GAyton, Art by Kevin O'Connor.
This a a very special strikes and spares pinball, because Ffej and friends spent over a year restoring this machine to almost like new condition. The game works great and looks beautiful and was my birthday present from Ffej a few years ago.
I love that kine!
Kevin O'Connor said, at the 2004 Texas Pinball Festival, that the girl in the backglass is a fantasy girl and was not based on an actual person. I beg to differ. Not saying that Kevin is not telling the truth, but rather, I happen to know a girl that stingily reminds me of the gal depicted on the backless art of this pin. But, back to the story….
We decided that after we had all the heavy lifting done of moving the generator and pin out of the trailer and into my truck, that it was time to wake up Ffej. Robyn was able to awake Ffej from his silverball dream and a night of thoughtful rest, so that he could live out a silverball dream of playing pinball at 11900 feet of elevation at the top of Loveland Pass Colorado. Friggin Sweetness!
As Ffej got his snowboard gear and gopro camera ready we shot a few dance scenes for this, our "Harlem Shake" spin off video entitled "Harlem Globetrotters Trailer Shake Snowboard Pinball"
We got some jug up (trailer snacks) from the trailer store (gas station located on the Rick Stetta Ranch) for breakfast and we headed for Loveland Pass.
Overall the weather was pretty nice, partly cloudy, windy, sunny, cold, hot, melty and powered. Typical summit county mountain weather.
In all our years snowboarding, Robyn, FFej, or I had never ever been kite boarding. When we got to the top of Loveland Pass, we got out a $7.00 biplane kite from Wal-Mart and started our kite boarding! Robyn was able to fly the kite the best in the strong wind after FFej had made some trailer modifications to the connector antler (where the string attached to the bi-plane).
Then Robyn and FFej took a run on the loveland side and I drove to the main pick up spot to pick them up in my pickup truck.
After I picked up Ffej and Robyn, we drove back up to the top of the pass and unloaded the strikes and spares pinball machine right near the loveland pass elevation sign, fired up the generator and began playing pinball! Because it was a sunday after some decent snowfall days, there was lots of skier traffic and a steady stream of tourists that were sunday driving over the pass to do some sight seeing. A few of them stopped to play pinball with us, some just laughed at us, and others, and a few of them just went on like nothing was unusual and took their photo's of the loveland pass elevation sign and I assume thought of us a "business as usual"
Lot's of folks stopped to take pictures of us, and themselves playing the pinball machine at 11990 feet!
After we played the game for a while and did some filming, we decide d to take more snowboarding runes and move the pinball machine to a different location. We took some more runs on the loveland side of the pass enjoying some sweet powder turns and tree runs.
We then set up the pinball machine just off the side off the side of the highway a little way down from the most extreme switchback turn on the loveland side. We picked this second spot because it was just beneath a nice steep stash of fresh powder. Ffej set up an Attack From Mars playfield on the side of highway 6 for Trailer Tom to carry down the powdery slope, and thus, Tom did just that.
Robyn found a nice line that included a jump over a small tree. Ffej did a sweet surfsled slash while the strikes and spares game was played in the foreground.
It was all frigid awesomer as frig, and so we stopped to take some still pictures for something that we could upload to our Facebook pages.
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