This is all in Milwaukee, Wi. BTW!
I was driving my Nathan Hale bus route, at 9:30 in the morning. I was going
up Lincoln and noticed a huge sign that said Moving Sale, everything for
sale. Then my eyes caught sight of something wonderful.
I saw a Ms. Pac Man and a Asteroids, just sitting out in the open
amongst the chairs and tables. I couldn't stop cause I was on route to pick
up kids. Man, that sucked!! Well maybe no one will get them while I drive.
Halfway through my route I decided not to go. Then at the end while going
down Howard I decided to go. So I went back to the Sale to check them out.
Even if I go, it probobly would cost to much anyways. I pulled up and saw
some guy nosing around the Ms. Pac! Oh NO!
So I ran the rest of the way(I really did!), and tried to find a guy in
charge of the sale. I found a guy and chatted with him about the Ms. Pac. He
said that it turned on and came up with a error(Board Fix!), and that he
wanted to see if he could fix it first. I said ok, what about Asteroids...
"Asteroids doesn't work at all." he says. Then I said, "You mean the
machine is DEAD?". "Yeah, I guess it's DEAD." Stressing the dead part. I
went out and looked at it. It was a dedicated machine with full side art(few
scratches nothing major), bezel, marquee, and fully painted control panel!!.
Even dead it might be worth getting. It was alittle dirty, nothing alittle
elbow grease wouldn't cure. So I go back to the guy and ask.
"So what do you want for it since it's DEAD."
"Make me an offer?"
"How about $50?" I asked very nervously.
"Sure! $50 bucks it is!!" he replied.
So I just scored a mint Asteroids with a near perfect artwork! I'm sure
I can get it to function again. So he put a sold sign on it and I went to
drop my bus off. I got my Dads Pickup and paid the guy. In the hour I was
gone he said he had at least 5 people asking about it. Lucky I got there
when I did it seems. So I got it home and looked inside, theres the power
cord.. hey wait, it's not attached to the power supply!! Could be why it wasn't working. Later that night I plug in the cord and turned it on. Sure enough everthing powered up and played, cept the monitor didn't work. I fiddled with the buttons and all the righ tsounds came out. i did notice when I hit fire that faint shots were on the screen. So I turned up the brightness and contrast. Perfect!! It all works!
Oh, by the way I got the Asteroids for $50, some lucky guy got the Ms. Pac
to work, and got it for $75. Now I wanna know why my asteroids has white
sides and not black?