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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.


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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