Sunday, February 28, 2016

Penny Press #11 - Caldwell Zoo



I don't ask a lot from zoos.  A good view of a couple of exotic animals, maybe a creepy reptile house and, of course, a penny smasher.  I got all of those from a recent trip to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, TX.   I'll talk about the animals elsewhere but of the two penny smashers (two!!! awesome!!!) available, I went to the "Big Wheel" version:

As usual we have four options.  This time we get: elephant, rhino, cheetah and giraffe.  I let my daughter pick and she chose the cheetah.  (If it was up to me it would have been the rhino...maybe next time.)

And here we have the output:

Friday, February 26, 2016

Vending to the Stars: Terminator 2 Coffe Machine

Every so often fame's spotlight shines on a vending machine and it becomes something more than an automated delivery system of goods.  It becomes a star.  Sure, they never get top billing but their screen presence is second to none.  When something like this happens it can only mean one's time for a "Vending to the Stars" entry.  Remember this beauty:

The year was 1991 and the movie was Terminator 2: Judgement Day.  In the film's pivotal scene a young vending machine gets caught up in the action.  This particular type of machine vends coffee into a poker themed cup.  Coffee has become so prevalent at gas stations and other places that you don't often see them these days.

You don't get a good look at it but in this shot you can see the generic "Guy With Coffee" picture on the front (in the background):

The cup's poker theme includes a game that seems to be played by completing the hand you're dealt on the side of the cup with the card symbol on the bottom.  In the scene, the coffee loving cop seems to think he has won.

Why aren't machines like this on every corner in every city?  I would constantly pump quarters into it.  Besides, what could possibly go wrong?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pinballing #3 - Big Fun

There's a lot of great pinball machines out there but there's only one that can claim to be the World's Largest.  Ok, so these were commercially produced so there's technically several of them out there but we found one and faced the "Hercules":

This particular specimen was found at Pinballz Kingdom in Buda, TX (just south of Austin).  The place is full of tons of retro (and newish) pinball and arcade games but this one is the arcade's pride and joy and is positioned right in the center of the action.  Here are a couple of closer angles:


 A little Googling also led us to this promotional poster:

Hopefully one day you'll get to experience the Hercules yourself in all its glory!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Penny Press #10 - Bass Pro Shop in Garland, TX


The holiday shopping season brought us to the Bass Pro Shop.  And like all places should, they had a Penny Pressing Machine.  Here are the options:

It lloks like they've got a wolf and a goat which definitely goes along with the outdoor theme.  Of course they have the logo but what really stands out is the Anteater.  I assume that's an anteater.  Despite the temptation, I went with the logo:

It has the town name too which will help when I procure more Bass Pro Shop pennies from different locations.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Penny Press #9 - Charlotte, NC

 Our recent trip to Charlotte, NC was yet another opportunity to smash a penny.  This smash happened at the Discovery Place kid's science museum.

The options included Einstein, some sharks (I think), the Charlotte skyline and a parrot:

Normally I'd go for something that specifically relates to the place where I smash but this time I went for the skyline.  I'm not sure if I'll see another penny smasher while I'm here so that should cover me for my whole Charlotte stay.