Three months and a hurricane later: end of summer reflections on the past and the future

It’s been a while between seasons of the Space City Pinball League. There have been tournaments happening locally but for various reasons, I have not been able to make it to them, and if you’ve seen the Twitter, Facebook, and/or Mastodon feeds, I have been active elsewhere on the net.

I had been kicking around this post for a while. I’ve been trying to stay sharp playing on Pinball Arcade on my tablet. I have screenshotted just about every best score going back to when I first downloaded the app, but I haven’t decided whether or not to post them yet.

For those of you who are just now getting out of the cave and/or ending a month of being “off the grid”, we had unusually high rainfall from Hurricane Harvey hit the area. I emerged relatively unscathed as did the rest of my family, though there are many people who did not, including a close friend and at least one player in the region. Already I have seen at least one restaurant location close permanently due to what I would assume are the effects of the storm (the location flooded during both TS Allison and Hurricane Ike as well from what I heard, and the profits from the location may not have been worth the cost to resume business). So it’s not like I’m completely unaffected; in fact, it’s safe to say that life has changed for everyone in the area.

(For those interested, I wrote a post on Rant Roulette about the hurricane, its effects, and what we might do to lessen the impact of a future storm.)

The delay between league seasons and the events of the past three months and change have only served to strengthen my resolve to do better when Season 6 finally begins. I still have yet to qualify for A division playoffs out of the four seasons I have played. The quest for A division continues tonight, and I am looking forward to it. Perhaps more importantly, though, I am looking forward to the return of the Space City Pinball League for a sixth season as yet another sign we as a city are returning to normal life after this disaster.