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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Look At Me - I'm Writing The Rapids!


 A few weeks ago I was 

 gawking at the Grand Canyon. 

 Today I'm writing the rapids! 

 Allie-Millie, my dear friend 

 in Australia, has once again 

 invited me to submit a guest 

 post for her delightful blog 


 My post is up and running now 

 and I ask that you take a minute 

 to visit Allie-Millie's blog 

 and read my true story. 


 Thank you, dear friend,

 and have a Shady day! 

12 comments:

  1. I'm off to Allie-Millie's blog, right now!

    Did you have to get a passport to go there?

    G'Day, friend!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear sweet friend. I know Allie-Millie will be grateful for your visit and so am I. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Cherdo!

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  2. Hi Shady, I've always loved pinball myself! Growing up on Christmas, Santa brought me the machine called, "Showboat". We had so much fun with it and it was quarter-free (back then, it was 5 games for .25) but it was rigged so, no $$ needed. We enjoyed it so much a couple yrs later, Santa brought another. It was one of those bowling arcade machines that you slide a disk (hockey puck-like) and spread waxy sand on table for more sliding power. Needless to say , our basement was kid haven. We also had a pool table and ping pong! The pinball magic still lives in me. Right now (kid-free, too) there's a beauty of a machine called "Cirque Voltaire". It's real action packed w/ ramps , tunnels , ringmaster who pops his head in and out of the playing floor and talks--you would love this one, Shady and NO BULLIES around to take your games away!!!!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! Lucky lucky you! I remember begging and begging my parents to buy me a pinball machine, but I know they couldn't afford one and it never happened. In the 50s and early 60s my aunt worked at the Philly Cafe and they had one of those bowling games with the steel puck and sand covered lane. I LOVED to play that game and also begged to have one of those in our game room. I'm sure the bowling game cost just as much or more than a pinball machine.

      Thank you very much for the double comment, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  3. No, no, you should have asked Santa!

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    1. Thanks for the advice, Anonymous. I think I'll give that strategy a try and see if I can get me a pinball machine for Christmas.

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  4. Hi Shady,

    Thank you for the great introduction here, it sounds like pinballs were a fun pastime for many, a misspent youth not at all! We had pinball parlours here right up and into the 80's. The sounds and dinging did it to me everytime and game parlours are just as popular with kids today although I think pinballs stand there on there own cheers Allie-Millie

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    1. Hello and good morning to you, dear Allie-Millie! The Shady Dell had only one pinball machine, and with dozens of teenage patrons in attendance on weekdays and 100 or more on Friday and Saturday nights, it remained in constant use.

      It's interesting to learn that pinball parlours existed in Australia until the 1980s. I agree that the dinging sound was addictive and when you heard that pop indicating that you had just won a free game, it was exhilarating. It's no wonder gambling casinos are so successful nowadays, equipped as they are with trance inducing electronic slot machine games of all sorts.

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed my post, dear friend, and I thank you again for inviting me down to your wonderful blog! Enjoy your Sunday, Allie-Millie!

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  5. Just got back from Allie-Millie's blog. Great fun Shady! Love your story, and pinball rocks! Have a great Labor Day weekend! ♫

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    1. Hi, dear Suzanne!

      Thanks a million for going over to Allie-Millie's and reading my shocking True Shady Dell Story!

      It's good to know you are a pinball lover, too. Remember how a pinball machine factored into the plot of the Jimmy Stewart - Lee Remick movie Anatomy of a Murder?

      Thanks again for being such a great friend, dear Suzanne. Now stay tuned for Part 4 of How The West Was Fun coming tomorrow!

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  6. Enjoyed the story! You know how to weave a tale and make it fun! Enjoy this Labor Day weekend Tom!

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    1. Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend YaYa! I hope you get a chance to see Eddy this holiday weekend. God bless!

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