Polk Family Blog

Monday, February 18, 2008

It's alive! It's dead...it'll be alive again! Srsly!

The CPU board for Pac Man showed up. I repaired the wiring harness, plugged it in and WALLA! I was playing. With the new cap kit on the monitor chassis it looked beautiful. About 5 plays later, DJ was cranking away at the joystick when POP FZZZZZT CRRRAAACK PZZZZZZT and lots of smoke all came from the cabinet. DJ: "DAAAAAD!?". I unplugged it and found out a valuable lesson: Don't fix only half the monitor. The previous owner was kind enough to replace the capacitors, but not the flyback transformer. The stress on it was too much, so POOF it cracked open and let the smoke out. No worries, I found a guy in MN who is sending me a completely rebuilt chassis for some cash plus my two old ones.

Pac will live again!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Adam's first Tae Kwon Do Tournament

He'll be testing for Orange belt on Thursday!! Woohoo! This is a shot of him getting his participation/confidence medal. He got two!

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Inside a Pac-Man Cocktail Cabinet

I posted pictures of the insides of a Pac-Man cocktail cabinet since I seem to not be the only one looking for reference material on these things. Note that I'm missing the coin counter (which looks like a little tin box) that typically mounted to the coin door. You can see the harness hanging in the breeze.

Click here to take a look.

Monday, February 04, 2008

Everybody's sick

Well, not at the same time, but this is getting old. First DJ got a fever, then pinkeye, then a nasty cough. He's mostly over it, but before it was gone he gave the pinkeye to Adam, but no fever and a less nasty cough. After Adam got it and was getting done, I got a fever, cough and laryngitis, which Jen picked up (Jen says this is my fault for obvious reasons). Now Mason's battling pinkeye and is on his way to fever/cough land. Ugh. This is a NASTY bug.

Jen and I were crabby at each other after supper last night, all we could do was whisper angry things. It was really ineffective so we kissed and made up. Just kidding. We'll stick to waving from a distance until this junk is gone.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Happy Gamer says Pac Man's Home!

Short post, not much to say other than this is BY FAR my most sought-after game cabinet and I didn't expect to find one so soon. I traded with a guy in Texas the Wells Gardner monitor from the Space Duel cabinet for this all-original Pac Man cocktail cabinet (circa 1981). Great trade, these things are worth a ton ($1300 or so) restored. Let the restoration begin!