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Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« on: July 05, 2012, 12:49:06 PM »
Some time ago Ully contacted me with the question how far the city "Alkmaar" is located from my place.




I responded that its about 150 Km's, and ofcourse the main question (as curious as i am) "WHY?"  ::)

He respondend that he found something on marktplaats.nl..
Here is the add..




Detail pics from marktplaats:








It looked cool to me, so i responded to Ully that i could do a pickup after work, just like i did for Bela in the Raiders of the lost Zacc Roadtrip.

I made an appointment with the seller, and here is whats comming up:




7:15 AM, Time to leave for work..




I love coffee in the morning, and because i was a bit late i did not drink it in the house before i left, but i stopped at the first gasstation ;)




Lets take a walk on the parking place while we are here anyway.  8)




After Worldwar II the moerdijk bridges where the most damaged bridges of the netherlands.
To repair the bridge, parts of other less damaged bridges where used.
The top part was placed in the mid 70's.
it also states that the bridge is still on the supports from the last century.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moerdijk_bridges

I pass that bridge almost every day, and today was the first time i read this sign on the parking place.
Also there is this sign that states that soon i will pass the "0 meter line" and that i will drive under sealevel from then.
at this point i am exactly at sealevel the sign says.




Time to continue my way..
Little traffic jam before the bridge..
I thought the sign said the bridge was repaired..  ???




Well, it turned out that the bridge was not broken and we are driving again  :D




Passing A.C.E. (Arcade Capital of Europe.....)
nah, not yet, we need to wait untill september..  :'(




Next stop, another parking place, time to throw the garbage out..




Some bird and ducks are enjoying the good weather..






Arriving in the city "Zoetermeer" I spotted something any arcade lover dont like to see..  :-\
A massacre of CRT killing had taken place here !






What are people thinking to use the streets as a garbage dump? i dont get it..  ???

Anyway, after work i started on the second part of the journey to Alkmaar.
Almost 16:00 Lets go !  :pac: :pac: :pac:

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On the way i took a nice "frikandel"  :P




Passing Holland's National Airport "Schiphol"..  :arrow:






Almost there !, just 29 more Kilometers..  :pac: :pac: :pac:




Arriving at Alkmaar, i stopped at the central station to get the cash out of the ATM machine.
Lots of Parking-police here :( so i needed to get me a parking ticket for just 9 minutes...




The ATM part just took me about 1 minute, lets find a way to spend the other 8 minutes..
What is more appropriate during a roadtrip than Burger King ?  :D




Arrived at the seller, who was just taking his dinner.
Nice guy, he offered me to join them for dinner, but i already eat :)
Anyway, after his dinner we started with the thing i came for..




After a fast check (see if all the lights work, the tv works, and the Gamecube booted) we started to dissasemble the unit..




That thing is looking not too heavy, but the manual and the add stated 148 KG!
and i can tell you that most of that is in the steel plates on the bottom...  :o




With 2 persons at the back, and 1 in the front we managed to get it into my car..
I confirm the 148 KG.. :)
 



The TV is close to me on the passengers seat..




Warning !  Bongo's are closer than they appear  :D






Destination set... 1,5 hours ETA..  8)




If you like to join me a part of the way back, just click the pic  :wink:


You may switch to HD ;)


Because of the weight i called my collegue to help me unload it..




We grabbed a little wagon and dropped it on there.
After that it was easy to drive it into my mothers garage..

She was not home, so this is a little surprise for her from me when she will come home and drive the car in the garage  ;D




Game cube and TV was less dificult to unload..




Secured the place by closing the door.
Ready for pickup..  8)




Total 350 Km & +- 13 Hours including detour for work..



To end this story, my mother contacted me later, and after i explaned, she did not have a problem with it beeing there untill pickup..
she knows me a bit longer then today ;D
« Last Edit: July 05, 2012, 12:53:29 PM by Etienne »

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 01:35:06 PM »
Nice under sea level experience Etienne, thanks for the detailed report. ;)
Those metal plates look really heavy indeed. :o

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 03:03:02 PM »
Wow!!! those things look cool!!!!!
Thanks for the report Etienne - and great to see a fellow collector helping another fellow collector! :spaceace: :spaceace: :spaceace:

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 06:42:45 PM »
Nice report Etiènne.

Well, personally I find all these ´modern´console dempods ugly like hell. The classic Atari one, that Ully posted in the other topic, however is beautiful.

You bettter take a big car with you Ully, when you come to Eurocade, then you will be able to bring it back home  and still be able to also bring one of your classic games to the event (which is one of the best things of Eurocade, visitors bringing a nice cab with them). But I´m sure that you have thought about that.  :) :)

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 07:29:26 PM »
I would suggest a trailer, then you can put a cabinet in the car and this demopod on the wagon, or the other way around  :D

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2012, 08:01:13 PM »
AFAIK Ully still has to pick up cabs in the UK and at Chris's place so I am very sure he will pick this up before Eurocade.

I am positive Ully would never have the idea to bring THIS as his cab....what a silly idea !!!

Let it be clear that these kind of kiosks have no place at Eurocade....
« Last Edit: July 05, 2012, 08:05:39 PM by Level42 »

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2012, 08:14:25 PM »
You're the King(s) of Bongo(s), guys!
« Last Edit: July 06, 2012, 10:28:39 AM by chrischris »

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2012, 08:28:56 PM »
I would suggest a trailer, then you can put a cabinet in the car and this demopod on the wagon, or the other way around  :D

AFAIK Ully still has to pick up cabs in the UK and at Chris's place so I am very sure he will pick this up before Eurocade.

I am positive Ully would never have the idea to bring THIS as his cab....what a silly idea !!!

Let it be clear that these kind of kiosks have no place at Eurocade....

Oeps, I didn´t mean to suggest that Ully might think of the idea of bringing this dempopod to Eurocade instead of one of his classic games.  :shock:

Of course he won´t, Ully is well aware of the true spirit behind the idea of Eurocade, that´s why he loves to come. And I´m sure that he had a good reason last year why he didn´t bring a game with him. We all know Ully, and we all know that he has a true love for the hobby, practically lives Arcade and therefore loves to come to Eurocade with one of his great games.  :)
The only difficult thing for him will be to pick one, he has so many of them.  :lol:

So don´t be afraid, Ully will bring a nice classic game with him, I´m certain of it.


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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2012, 12:06:27 AM »
what an amazing effort, etienne, although i've thanked you a gazillion times already via email, let me make this public (in case there are people out there who didn't know): YOU ROCK!!!

nice report as well, i love the fact that you spotted stuff you hadn't seen before. see, that's what roadtrips are for! btw, take a good look at that "land under the sea", it will be gone in a hundred years because of the climate change ...

regarding eurocade: of course i'm planning on coming, but there's some stuff going on in my arcade life atm which i need to figure out rist (more on that soon), so i don't know which cab to take yet. leaning towards something like mad planets, but the monitor needs fixing first. let's see!
all i need is ... PONG - and a select few others: TOUCH ME, DRAGON'S LAIR, JOUST, ROBOTRON, MR DO, SAN FRANCISCO RUSH THE ROCK!!!

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2012, 12:10:18 AM »
..... so i don't know which cab to take yet. leaning towards something like mad planets ......

 ;D You know who will be happy then!  ;D

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2012, 12:14:36 AM »
didn't even know you owned that too, your collection is insane!  :o :o :o

Maybe you should make a poll so we all can vote which cab you should bring..   ;D ;D ;)

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Re: Roadtrip: Q*Bert's Cube ?? - Nope... It's Ully's Cube !
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2012, 07:21:55 AM »
I'm officially jealous! I'm looking for the trilogy xbox/gamecube/PS2 demo station.
A virtual gold medal for the member who will help me the find them at a fair price  ;)
Great story/picture Etienne, as usual  :-*

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« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2012, 04:06:00 PM »
a pleasure to read your story, as usual.
nice catch by the way...