Round 1 of : I went 5-7. One first place finish in four games. Mediocre start but still, hopes remain high. I probably could have got another point had I remembered Black Belt better.

My freak event this round: ball jumped over the flippers of Captain Fantastic, and hit the drain so hard it bounced back over the flippers again, back into play.

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Round 2 of : I went 7-5, bringing me to 12-12, which would be a good pace for the day if I can keep that up. First place on Wizard Of Oz and Volcano, and had been making a good comeback on Shadow. And I got to watch Roger Sharpe playing nearby.

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Also autocomple wants to follow "Doodle" with "God" for the reasons. I don't know why but prefer this to when it wanted to follow "Black" (as in Knight) with "women" or "girls" which was ... Uhm.

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Round 3 : stank. Finished 2-10, sinking me to 14-22 so far today. Next up is lunch.

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Round 4 of : I went 4-8, taking me to 18-30. If I have an awesome next round I could make C division; with a good one, earn D. But if I weren't restricted out of it I would likely be heading to the E, "novice", division.

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Round 5: went 7-5, bringing me to 25-35 on the day. Just missed getting one more point in a squeaker game of Sorcerer. I might have earned my D division but it's close. I had a ball stuck in the outlane of Stingray, on a light bulb insert, the kind of fluke this tournament has all the time.

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And it's official: I finished with a record good enough for the novice division, but am restricted into D, so I start tomorrow at a pretty big deficit.

My love, meanwhile, earned the bottom of B, thanks to her last two rounds of the day being at or above .500.

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Good omen for tomorrow: I'm scheduled to start on game bank number 39. This bank is named 'Procyon'.

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Not sure why the bank Procyon does not have the Rocket Raccoon pinball game in it. There must be reasons.

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Round 6 of : I go 4-8, and while I finished strong with a great game of the early-solid-state Cheetah, it still means I'm 29-43, which isn't much of a record.

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Round 7: bit better; I went 7-5, taking me to 36-48. Had two third-ball rallies that could have gotten me to first place, which is a fair way to finish second on a table.

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Round 8 : 8-4, the first time I had a round feel good. My record's 44-52, in striking range of respectable. Two first-place finishes in the round, too. The electromechanical games continue wanting nothing to do with me.

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Weird that solid-state games are being a relative strength but what can I say? Dr Dude thinks I'm cool.

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