Sunday was right out, of course. The VFW Ann Arbor Pinball Museum Whatever Name You Like would be open only 10 am to 4 pm. We're not 10 am people. Saturday was tempting as a 10 am to 10 pm day, although 10 am is still a rough time for us even if it's a day earlier. But everybody was buying tickets for Saturday and the day promised to be impossibly packed. The best day for us, to get reasonable time we'd be conscious for and not be crowded away from any machines, was Friday. That would also be a six-hour day, but from 4 pm to 10 pm, which is the correct way to get us to something. And there was the possibility of something more.
The guy who owns the pinball machines figured to run a little Classics Tournament before the opening of things on Friday. That would be in the annex with all the older machines. But there was a sharp limit on the number of tickets available for this two-or-so extra hours of play, and we weren't in time. I think to get in we'd have had to have decided faster which day to attend, and have gotten a bit lucky. We weren't among the first twenty people to notice the tournament would give a couple hours more play time in a venue full of extremely well-kept and often hard-to-find tables. We held out hopes there'd be some cancellations or that the tournament would open up to more people at the last minute, and it didn't, of course. So we'd get our six hours and be basically happy with that.
Still, our friend MWS was a little quicker to decide, and he was able to get into the Classics tournament. I forget how he did, but I think it was better than expected and he was in playoffs past the designated opening hour of 4:00. He would play enough during that time to feel a bit dazed and dazzled about what exactly he had played, but he'd also be able to give us a bit of good scouting advice regarding machines we should definitely not miss.
Trivia: In the week beginning the 3rd of July, 1893, the Columbian Exposition's Ferris Wheel sold 61,395 tickets, for a gross of $30,697.50. Source: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson.
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