August 24th, 2009
My parents bought a pachinko machine a number of years ago at a garage sale. We played with it when we were kids, so when we went to visit, I got it out for Ethan. He liked it.
Pachinko is played in Japan as a form of gambling. You get a bunch of tiny metal balls, pour them into a machine, and shoot them into the field, hoping to land some in the catchers and getting more balls. After you collect a number of balls, you can turn them in for prizes.
Seeing as I'm a big fan of Japanese stuff, I asked my parents if I could have it. So now it's in my basement. Maybe someday I'll try to get the lights working again. It's really fascinating because it's completely mechanical--nothing electric about it except the lights.
I guess now I'm going to spend my child-rearing years picking up tiny metal balls from all over the basement.