Raging against the pinball machine

December 6th, 2009 · 123 comments

A parable of the state of the “hot dot-com” workplace in 2009: The story goes, according to our anonymous submitter in California:

Some executive-level person decided to put a pinball machine into our break area. After several months, someone must have complained about the noise, because a note went up telling us it was not to be played. When some employees decided to play the machine at 7 AM (assuming nobody in the building was in), the note was replaced by a new (more specific) note.

Pinball Machine is NOT to be played at any time. Thank you!

After that, “the machine was unplugged and left to gather dust,” our submitter says…and to silently taunt all of the office’s embittered would-be pinball wizards. Until, one day…multiball!

The Pinball Machine is SOLELY TO BE LOOKED AT. And also to post notes on Not to play pinball.

related: “Popcorn Thursday”

FILED UNDER: California · note wars · now that's management · office · raging against the machine · rebuttals


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  • #1   JetJackson

    “And also to post notes on.”

    That is just asking for trouble.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:44 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   JetJackson

      Not to mention this looks awfully photoshopped?

      Edit: My apologies, jumped the gun on this one. It would seem on zooming in that it does appear to be Kosher. A tad disappointing though that this post got tagged for moderation, I can only assume because the words photoshopped appeared. Is this PAN or Soviet Russia?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 7:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   Bellabeastie

      If I worked there and found those notes– that thing would look like Bruce Almighty’s office. Covered in yellow post-it notes inch-to- inch.

      I don’t come to work at seven for nothin’. I wants to play me some pinball and eat half a donut.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:12 pm   rating: 43  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   Critical Grass bang

      I thought you went to work at seven to finish your TPS Report. BTW, didn’t you get that memo?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Bellabeastie

      Wait– can’t hear you?? Too much noise from the forbidden machine.

      What report ? Memo? OH, man. BRB-gotta go leave a note.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   Mo® bang

      ummm yeeeaah I am going to need you to come in and “work” this weekend…

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:33 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Danita

    I’ll give them a bulletin board if they give me the pinball machine.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm   rating: 55  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Mel K

    What lazy note-makers!

    I know that these notes could have been better embellished with random caps, commas and clip art.

    C’mon, these tools can be utlised to get people distracted from your message.

    An opportunity missed…

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Badder Speller

      Utlize brah.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 10:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   YO-dysseus

      its just so wrong for people to continue to play after the first note showed.

      Some people just dont get work ethic.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:28 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Mo® bang

      Oh fuck yeah I played that machine even after they told me to stop! I pulled the launch rod waaaaaaaay back and let it fly in with a bang! Caressing the flipper buttons I banged them every time my ball hit a bumper and I never did tilt.

      Playing pinball ain’t a crime!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   Maas

      The nerve of some people, playing games in the break room, right YO-dysseus? Clearly that’s a place for hard work and dedicated labour.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Gunderson105

    This is discrimination against deaf, dumb and blind kids!

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm   rating: 53  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   anglophile bang

      That sure is a mean pinball (machine).

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:10 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Canthz_B bang

      They need to hire people who
      …ain’t got no distractions,
      can’t hear those buzzers and bells.
      can’t see lights a-flashin’ …

      The question is just The Who to consider for hire?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 11:47 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Bellabeastie

      I play by sense of smell…
      always get a replay.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:00 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   Canthz_B bang

      You’re probably sniffing out the right truffles, Bella, and pigging out just the way we like! :-)

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:10 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   Palomon bang

      All the Whos down in Whoville, were eating roast PAN, having a grand ole time even though the Grinch unplugged their pinball machines.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:42 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   Mo® bang

      You’re so cold anymore…
      You stand there like a statue
      It’s like you have become part of the machine.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   infant tyrone bang

    Too bad the back-glass doesn’t read “Texas Fold Em”.

    Too bad the machine isn’t in Omaha**, irony-wise.

    .
    .
    ** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha_hold_%27em

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Critical Grass bang

      First of all: I’M SORRY! But you mentioned “Texas” and “fold’em” in the same sentence and I just got this damn song stuck in my head again. Just sharing my misery.

      I wanna hold em’ like they do in Texas Plays
      Fold’em let em’ hit me raise it baby stay with me (I love it)
      Lovegame intuition play the cards with spades to start
      And after he’s been hooked I’ll play the one that’s on his heart

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:07 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   infant tyrone bang

      CG,

      Don’t be sorry…you’ve just uncovered the perfect lounge act for our
      No Extradition Tour’s Cruise to Caracas (et al).

      Plus, I’m sure we can afford to pay the Lady a little extra to design ‘uniforms’ for the crew.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:18 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Critical Grass bang

      Ty, don’t you think that “uniform” is a little distracting? No? I want mine in fluorescent orange, then.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   Tim Kolb

      Now if they could only get Eric Cartman to sing with her. She might even forget about getting snubbed at the gramy awards.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:57 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.5   infant tyrone bang

      CG,
      Not sure what you mean with the uniform question.

      If we let LG (we’re getting to be a boatload of “G’s”) design ‘outfits’ instead of calling them ‘uniforms’, would that make it better for you?
      I didn’t necessarily have in mind the crew wearing identical clothing.

      Flo’range sounds good.
      Safety-conscious, easy to locate on a windy, rainy deck at night.
      I’m thinking more KeyLimePie green and gunmetal grey. Or cobalt…

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.6   Critical Grass bang

      @ Tim Kolb – Yeah… Taylor Swift won a Grammy, I don’t trust The Academy‘s taste anymore.

      @ Ty- Oh, okay… So no matching outfits, right? Mine could be flourescent orange, yours KeyLimePie green and GG’s could be cobalt blue. We’ll be safe, and stylish.
      Oh and… Who’s LG?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:00 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.7   infant tyrone bang

      She asked with a Pokerface, “Who’s LG?”

      You’re gonna hafta do stand-up between LG’s sets in da lounge.

      http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7iwee_lady-gaga-poker-face-official-music_music

      Just ’cause the pinball’s off limits don’t mean the juke box is broken.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.8   Critical Grass bang

      Uh, right! That LG…

      Ty, hunny, you can’t read my Poker Face.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.9   Palomon bang

      But you can sit on mine…

      Dec 6, 2009 at 11:36 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.10   Mo® bang

      With a dramatic reading by Christopher Walken and you have a hit!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:49 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   Critical Grass bang

    This comment box is not for posting comments on. Just keep staring at the blank space in front of you.

    On second thought, just move along, people… Nothing to see here.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:56 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   jbles

      Also, this comment box is just used to be replied to.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   Tim Kolb

      Oh Yeah, And get off my lawn!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Mo® bang

      I’m keeping this dagnab ball now!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:46 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   charley

    that is just pure evil

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:57 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    That executive still has to pay the Mob for that machine on an hourly basis.
    I’ll bet he has family and friends in from 11pm to 5am pumping quarters into that sucker at warp-speed…no matter how attractive the kneecapped handicapped parking spaces look!!

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   JetJackson

      Maybe what the note really means is: “I bought this on ebay and have not thought of a way to tell the wife about it yet. Until then I shall store it here.”

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Mel K

      (con’t.)
      It won’t fit in the lift fully assembled and I’ll have to wait until my brother-in-law returns my set of tools before I can take it home.

      Hopefully, that will be before Christmas so I can give it to my wife. Of course, she’s always wanted a pinball machine.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:39 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   Bellabeastie

      Better than the vacuum cleaner and spice rack I got one year. One of the many reasons I’m now MS. instead of MRS.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   Canthz_B bang

      ROTFLMAO, Bella!!!
      My step-dad bought my mom a vacuum and a really nice (expensive) set of pots and pans one Christmas.
      I remember him saying, “But, they’re practi-”.

      When he came out of the coma…well, just never buy a woman a really heavy frying pan for Christmas!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   Bellabeastie

      OMG!! Right on! If isn’t silk or doesn’t sparkle-just give me a card.

      You’ll make it up to me. ;)

      Dec 6, 2009 at 11:04 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   Canthz_B bang

      Boys learn from the mistakes of the men in their lives.
      I gave my 2nd wife a diamond bracelet and a bible for our first Christmas, not as practical as a vacuum or a set of cookware, but damn sure not something that would keep the Goodies away until after I could make up for it on Valentine’s day!!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:18 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   anglophile bang

      Last year I got a Brett Favre travelling mug. A Packers Brett Favre travelling mug. Last year, when he was playing for the Jets. :|

      Dec 7, 2009 at 2:39 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   Critical Grass bang

      Maybe this year you’ll get a Jets Brett Favre football jersey…

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:44 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.9   Canthz_B bang

      Or a signed copy of his retirement speech, one of them anyway.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Geek Goddess

    In what dot-com workplace is it ever safe to assume that no one is in and working? Aren’t there techies stashed in little hidey holes all over the building, working away at their little dot-c0m projects any time the building is left unsecured in any way? If the pinball players could get in, assume that there is somebody, somewhere else in there, slaving over a hot computer!

    Still, Team Tommy! Everybody else, keep headphones handy.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Canthz_B bang

      BY JOVE, GG…THAT’S IT!!!

      They need a pinball machine equipped with an earphone jack!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:05 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   Catburglar

      Canthz B, YOU ARE A GENIUS! File that patent NOW!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:35 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   infant tyrone bang

    Too bad we didn’t have this visual evidence when some were trying to fashion an easily grasped rebuttal to “They hate us for our freedoms”.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:00 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   infant tyrone bang

    The first pinball machine with flippers was called “Humpty Dumpty”.

    Wonder how long it’ll be before this “hot dot-com” enterprise devolves into cyber-shards and the pinball-deprived employees are scattered to the present-day digital analogs of royal courts and stables.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Tim Kolb

    No Pinball allowed on your breaks. But feel free to spend an ungodly amount of time playing mindless facebook games while you are suppose to be working.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Critical Grass bang

      Farmville FTW!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:33 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Geek Goddess

      pssst! do you wanna buy a duck?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:40 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   Critical Grass bang

      How much?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:52 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   Mo® bang

      Who the heck is fertilizing my fields when I am gone????

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:55 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.5   Critical Grass bang

      Someone stole my cow!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 9:07 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.6   Geek Goddess

      I didn’t steal your cow, CG. Didn’t you find the 5 magic beans I left in trade?

      Dec 7, 2009 at 3:56 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.7   Critical Grass bang

      No! I didn’t find’em! Gimme my cow back!
      You can keep it if you give me a barrel of apples in trade. :D

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.8   park rose bang

      CG, you didn’t find them, because they’ve taken sprout. They’ll be pretty tall by now. Crane your neck, and look way up.

      I’m not sure about that usage of taken and sprout, by the way…I seem to remember it from some archaic story I once read.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 6:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.9   Critical Grass bang

      Rose, I read that story once too, you’re right about “taken” and “sprout”.
      That doesn’t change the fact that GG tried to sell me a stolen duck and then stole my cow. She said she gave me those supposably(?) magic beans in trade, but all I found was this little plant with dark green leaves and with 5 finger-like leaflets. :|

      Dec 7, 2009 at 6:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.10   Geek Goddess

      One bean makes you larger
      And one bean makes you small
      And the ones that GG gives you
      Grow all lush and green and tall
      Don’t play pin ball
      When you’ve smoked them all

      Dec 7, 2009 at 8:35 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.11   Critical Grass bang

      Can I make some tea then?
      I think these leaves will go great with those red mushrooms growing in my backyard…

      Dec 7, 2009 at 9:12 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   KC_Sunshine_Man

    Dear Employees,

    The coffee in the breakroom is not to be drunk ANY TIME. It is only to be viewed.

    The magazines in the lobby are soley for “ambience.”

    Do not put food in the fridge at ANY TIME.

    Sincerely,
    Dept. of Pointless Gadgets.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm   rating: 33  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Bellabeastie

      PLEASE DO NOT SET YOUR COVERED DISHES FOR THE MONGOLIAN BAR-B-QUE ON THE PINBALL MACHINE. IT IS NOT A TABLE AND FOR VIEWING ONLY.

      THX SANDRA P.S. DON’T FORGET YOUR HATS!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   Mel K

    Not long until people start writing messages the gathering dust. “Play me”. This is so sad.

    It’s as if your parents cancelled your birthday party because you were naughty, but still kept the decorations up.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   CrimsonSky

      I agree.

      That reminds me of one of my mom’s childhood birthdays. She got sick with a flu, but instead of canceling the party…her mom let ALL of her friends come over and held the party down the hall, so my mom could hear everyone having fun. All afternoon. At her party.

      Yeah, feel the love. XD

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:59 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   nativefloridian

      Wow, that’s just cruel. I hope she made her mom pay for that one.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:09 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   farcical aquatic ceremony

      A typical day for Mom is taking Grandma to the dock to watch other seniors leave for Golden Days cruises, visiting craft stores but only letting her “look at, don’t touch” the knitting needles and yarn, and, finally, driving her to a restaurant parking lot to watch other elderly folks enjoy Early Bird buffets.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 8:36 am   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Catburglar

    Why do I have the impression that this is only the beginning? Can we check back in a month or two?

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:15 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   Canthz_B bang

    I just feel bad for that lonesome female socket on the wall.
    Stuck there with outstretched male prongs so near, yet so very far away. Having once coupled, now forbidden to be joined in their electric embrace ever again.

    She’s hanging in there though…she’s the grounded type.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Catburglar

      I don’t know – she doesn’t look lonesome to me; they have each other. Now the male plug…

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:26 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Canthz_B bang

      Yeah, poor guy probably spends his time three-prongs-to-the-wind.
      He was a real live wire once, now he feels dead inside.
      Oh, how he must long to plug into her again…just to feel her juice flowing through his very being!
      The bells he’d ring! The buzzers he’d buzz! The lights he’d cause to flash until they’d burnt out as before!!…but, ’tis but a dream. A distant memory of a love once fused, now disconnected as if by some cosmic short circuit…

      Dec 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   TomJones

      It is wrong that CB’s post turns me on?

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:25 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   park rose bang

      Careful, Tom. He’ll be throwing his underwear at you soon – or at least his nuts and bolts.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   Geek Goddess

      It’s not wrong, Jonesy, but it is sad.

      Very sad.

      Next thing you know, your roommate will be putting parental controls on the computer.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 6:25 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   park rose bang

      Well, odd, you know that Tom Jones had that song, The Lead and How to Swing it. Mhmm. Maybe that was his (power) point all along.

      Dec 13, 2009 at 7:12 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Flaboy2425

    Just another example of inept management doing inane things to keep the frustration level built up in the underlings.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Catburglar

    I say, stop with the notes (as detrimental as that might be to PAN) and bring in the sod and the grow-lights. If management wants production…

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:31 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   Peasant

    Uh, why not just remove or disable the power cord?

    Dec 6, 2009 at 8:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   infant tyrone bang

      Check the info…it was an “executive-level” person’s machine.

      These fall into at least 3 types:

      1) the type to whom it never would occur to remove the power cord, and,

      2) the type to whom it occurs, but who realizes such a simple engineering change could be gotten around even by sleepwalking techs, and,

      3) the type to whom it occurs, and who doesn’t realize what child’s-play they have passive aggressively left for the adepts to have fun with.

      We’re (most of us anyhow) rooting for it to be the #3′s of the world, no?

      Dec 6, 2009 at 9:42 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Canthz_B bang

      Removal of the power cord is your solution to not having employees play pinball?

      Not removal of the pinball machine itself?

      Congratulations! You’ve just been made Senior VP of Planning and Development!!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:17 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   Palomon bang

      Peasant, Canthz, you each make a fair point.
      On the other hand, unplugging seems to have worked.
      Soon as there’s a note disallowing note posting this story comes to an end.

      Yeah. Team Unplugged.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:52 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.4   Geek Goddess

      Notes disallowing note posting?

      Yeah. Team Oxymoron!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 1:22 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.5   park rose bang

      You called? Oh, Oxymoron you say. I thought you said foxy moron. I’ll be on my way.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:18 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.6   infant tyrone bang

      Team Oxycontin, y’all…

      We’re all noddin’ on Hillbilly Heroin with our heads around our nieces…

      Missing the obvious low-impact ECO, which is:

      Remove the balls from the machine.

      Granted, a Texas Hold Em castrato should move up an octave or two and become a Sopranos machine, but if it don’t, whaddayagonnado about it?

      Dec 7, 2009 at 9:08 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.7   Nick Noehm

      I knew it. It was inevitable once Bob Barker started including the robot dogs in his sign-off.

      Anyway, got to watch the news now. The bumper says the Auditor-General’s probe is out, and I’m hoping they forget to pixelate.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 3:09 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.8   Nick Noehm bang

      Wow. I thought he was going to slap the premier’s face with it.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   CowTippingBlues

    As if pinball machines are that loud. The people complaining were jealous that they didn’t have something to play with that THEY liked. Wah, wah.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 9:13 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Neeners

    Would finding a baseball bat crashed through the center of it one morning be enough satisfaction for everyone?

    Dec 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Critical Grass bang

    We should hijack steal that pinball machine. Those people clearly don’t deserve it.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 9:56 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   infant tyrone bang

      CG,

      Deserve it they don’t, but don’t get sucked in.

      “Never get out of the boat.” Apocalypse Now maxim.

      That machine has noise and lights, but the farthest south it’ll get you is McAllen (TX) and you could wind up in Odessa…
      muy lejos de Caracas, en efecto.

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Critical Grass bang

      Don’t worry Ty, I’ll have my Colobian friends deliverying it to my house (que también está muy lejos de Caracas). I don’t care how they’re gonna do it, I just know they’ll get it done, whatever it takes…

      “There are three rules in life:
      1 – There’s always a victim;
      2 – Don’t be it;
      3 – I forgot…”
      – 8mm

      Dec 6, 2009 at 11:16 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   infant tyrone bang

      Hey, CG…

      Nice modification…if the folks ‘borrowing’ the machine are friends of yours, why not stash it at your place as long as you have room for it.

      If space is an issue, maybe ask them to stop off at the marina and put it on the boat so the pony can practice until we all get there ? I can take a lot, but I’d hate to have a lonely pony on my conscience.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 12:15 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   Geek Goddess

      Practicing ahead of time gives the pony a chance to compensate for the whole lack of opposable thumbs thing.

      And I found uniforms outfits for the pony in a tasteful pink that will complement the orange, lime et al.
      http://stscelebblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/katie-prices-equestrian-clothing-range.html

      Dec 7, 2009 at 1:01 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   infant tyrone bang

      GG,

      Wow, great shopping expedition you were on there.

      See, I knew a pony was a good idea. I think LG is too busy being famous to do more than a lounge show and human costume design, so we may have to invite that KP to help out with the pony. Y’all don’t have to chip in on the expense, I’ll cover her (if I can sell it to Mrs. T).

      Boy, oh, boy…that pink stuff just hits me right in the eyes…I’m good with evolution warp factor 10, but those pony togs make it hard to deny that there’s at least a romantic element to that Intelligent Design business.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 2:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   pony girl bang

      *Ahem*

      What pony??

      Dec 7, 2009 at 3:14 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   Critical Grass bang

      I don’t know, Ty. I think a pony would totally damage the machine. Unless it’s PG you’re talking about, then it’s okay.
      Loved the pony outfit, BTW.

      edit: Ty, I can keep it in my place, and I’ll practice a lot. For the Olympics, you know…

      Dec 7, 2009 at 6:19 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.8   infant tyrone bang

      Feel like I’m channeling Frances McDormand in “Fargo” here….Ah, G’s:

      CG,
      Check #24.146 on the *disturb* note. We’ll set up adaptive technology.
      OK, because you’re just down the road from Soho and Brighton, right?

      PG,
      This pony…different boat…our boat. (HMS Caracas in the Head?)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4evzpIVnMVs

      After reading the lyrics, it turns out Lyle’s pony is a he, so maybe you want to take some time, check him out pony-to-pony, and maybe come along.

      GG,
      Black Friday 2010, I wanna go shopping with you…you find good stuff.

      That’s all for now from Minna-sew-da…

      Dec 7, 2009 at 9:32 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.9   Critical Grass

      Hey Ty, no link?

      I hope PG comes along in our Tour por Sudamérica. Yey!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.10   pony girl

      I like that song.
      Yes, if you’ll be taking that pony on your boat, you may need me to check him out pony -to- pony.
      I doubt he’d like that hot pink outfit, btw.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.11   Geek Goddess

      Black Friday 2010 could conflict with Buy Nothing Day 2010 though, ty. And I prefer a more guerilla-type shopping experience. If you can accommodate my little quirks and shopping philosophies and still want to go shopping with me, we can set up an alternate date. And avoid the crush rush.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.12   pony girl bang

      Can I come? I don’t want to shop.
      I just want to set up a camera out in the parking lot and film the riots and tramplings. Then sell the footage to CNN.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.13   Geek Goddess

      Why stop with selling the footage to CNN? If you don’t release all rights to them, you could do something creative with it, perhaps a low-budget but ultimately critically-acclaimed film. Sundance perhaps?

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.14   pony girl bang

      Honestly, I had thought of that.
      but I didn’t want to give my idea away.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.15   Critical Grass bang

      Okay, I had to google Black Friday. Now I get the whole thing.

      That idea for a film is so… Michael Moore…

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.16   infant tyrone bang

      Calling all (3) G’s…

      CG,
      Did you need a link to Frances McDormand in Fargo ?
      Can’t find one with her “Aw, Geez”, but here’s some great “Yeah’s”.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRu6_mJiVAo&feature=related

      PG,
      If you’re up for the No Extradition Tour, maybe it’ll be best if you take over the whole boy-pony-selection process. But, please…no Clydesdales…
      I was less than 10 feet away when one of them got spooked in his stall at a rodeo in California…the earth moved, a lot…and not in a good way.

      GG,
      Tell me more about shopping philosophies and quirks. Maybe we’re soul sale mates, maybe not.

      How about a movie with people waiting (ala Star Wars tickets or I-phones) outside a Fry’s Electronics or other big store for the first ever appearance of our 3-sided paper? There might be altercations amongst those in line before the doors opened, and there would certainly be some loud, crunchy noises made after folks found out it was vaporware. Maybe just sell the workup and rights to it to mister Moore for a million or two. If it’s legal, we won’t have to look over our shoulders on the boat. Plus we’d be bankable as creative consultants in the movie biz, so when the money runs out, we can reload. Whaddya think GG? PG? CG?

      Dec 7, 2009 at 7:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Canthz_B bang

    There is no reason for a noisy pinball machine to be installed anywhere in a professional environment.
    Not when video poker is so much quieter, and the company can easily make half of its payroll back.

    Think Big!!

    Dec 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   Bellabeastie

      But–These are “hot dot-com” ers… Dude, they need to make some noise before they go postal on someone from the long hours of silence. Being tempted with the slowly dust collecting entity that is the now unplugged, disabled, only to be left notes on and never to be played pinball machine.

      Sniff. Next someone is going to bring in a drum set that no one is allowed to touch. Then see what happens. Anarchy!!

      Dec 6, 2009 at 10:56 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   Canthz_B bang

    You know, there would be no pinball anywhere if every piss-ant who can’t master the technique of the gentle shove needed to hit the “special targets” had their way.

    Practice you losers, practice!
    Do your Chuck E. Cheese time!!

    Don’t go off full-tilt.

    Dec 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #25   jinx

    WTF? Why didn’t they just get rid of it? Hmmm, people are still playing with after we posted a note asking not to and unplugging it. I’m surprised it wasn’t stole. Maybe only garbage cans are…

    Dec 6, 2009 at 10:59 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   park rose bang

      Jinx, are you the Jinx who has been posting here for a long time? Almost as long as the site’s been up, I think. There is something a little different about you style. Genuine question.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:28 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   jinx

      No, I’m just a Sweet Transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania. Yes, a Transvestite not a gay.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 3:57 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.3   Geek Goddess

      So by unplugging, they removed the cause, but not the symptom

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.4   pony girl bang

      jinx,
      but are you an executive transvestite??

      Dec 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.5   Canthz_B bang

      No, the nocturnal pedestrian type.

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.6   jinx

      Pony, only when I travel. ;)

      Dec 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.7   Palomon bang

      Ciao!

      Dec 7, 2009 at 9:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   Havingfitz

    This was followed by a bold, new move: including notes on paychecks announcing “This check is not to be cashed!” and on toilet-paper declaring “Not to be used for wiping!”

    Dec 6, 2009 at 11:37 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   AiXeLsyD13

    Ridiculous. Sadly, I’ve seen things this ridiculous go down at places where I have worked.

    Why not get it out of there if it’s not to be used?

    Or… at least say why?

    Than again, it wouldn’t be nearly as funny, and we wouldn’t have it here to laugh at…

    Dec 7, 2009 at 7:20 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #28   Joe 2

    My previous job was run by two brothers. Brother No.1 brought in a Foosball table. No.2 deliberately broke it while playing drunk one night. No.1 blamed the employees and docked our pay.
    No.2 never ‘fessed up. Ahh, good times, good times.

    Dec 7, 2009 at 10:24 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   SonataNo8

    Infuriating! Don’t they know how tough it is to find working pinball machines anymore?

    Dec 7, 2009 at 10:40 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   The_Lost_City

    those notes are shopped

    Dec 16, 2009 at 11:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   park rose bang

      and, your point is?

      Dec 16, 2009 at 11:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     

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