Weight Loss and Pinball

Today, Jeff talks about losing weight, riveting.

Some of you who have been to the Radon Lounge may have heard me talk about how I’m trying to lose weight for a new pinball machine.

This is a weird little challenge I’ve set for myself, but has turned out to be the most effective means of forcing myself into self discipline when it comes to exercise and eating right.

I once heard on a music podcast how a friend of someone in Foster The People was challenged to lose a significant amount of weight, and he would be awarded $10,000. I’ve tried different restriction diets and exercise routines, but for  them to work, you have to commit. I never stay committed long enough to see serious results. This got me thinking. If someone offered me $10,000 to lose a significant amount of weight, to the point where I would have a BMI that is considered healthy, I would have no problems doing it. Of course no one is lined up to give me 10 big ones, so I looked for another incentive.

Thus was born the pinball weight loss program. Over the last few years I’ve brought in a couple pinball machines to the Radon. I bought a really old machine that still used chimes. Someone wanted it really bad and traded me straight up with the Meteor that is in the Radon now. Meteor is pretty fun, but it doesn’t have any cool ramps or multiball options, so I’d like to get something more exciting. The Radon is on a shoestring budget and I could never justify the cost of owning a really good pinball machine, as that’s at least a 2-3 thousand dollar investment.


However, when you compare the investment of a pinball machine to the cost of my long term health, buying the pinball machine makes a ton more sense. And if that’s what it takes to get me motivated, then pinball away! Of course the final decision is not mine to make, but fortunately this plan easily became Cat wife approved. After she gives birth, she wants to do her own weight loss incentive plan, and buy a horse. I tried to convince her that she could get her own pinball machine, too, I think it’s still up for discussion…

So this is where we are now. The Radon Lounge stands a very good chance of getting a major pinball upgrade this year. I’m already halfway to my goal. I started last June, and I’m 32 pounds down, 29 more to go. As I make changes to my lifestyle, the pounds seem to be coming off at a faster rate, even with the holidays. I’ve learned so much about why I’m so fat along the way, it’s been a very enlightening process.

If you want to see how close the Radon is to getting the next pinball machine, check out the Arcade Page on this site.

Also let me know what pinball machine you would get if you were in my shoes. I’d like to hear your ideas.

Horse Show 2014!

We’re excited to announce the Horse Show 2014 will be on June 21st!

The Horse Show is the Radon’s FREE big summer fest located at Refuge Ranch. We’re building off last year’s successes and have some exciting new changes for this year.

Timbre at the 2013 Horse Show

First, TWO STAGES!!!! We will be hosting the Barn Stage and the Garage Stage this year. The Barn Stage will be setup like last year, except it will primarily feature bands from the folksy side of the music spectrum. The Garage Stage will feature bands from the harder side of rock ‘n roll.

This year we’ll be hosting around 20 bands, mostly gems from right here in Springfield, IL, some midwest Radon favorites, and beyond. We’re still working on the lineup, but it wouldn’t be very festive to announce a festival without some sort of sneak peek, read on!

First off, we’re excited to announce crowd favorite Insomniac Folklore from Portland, OR will be making the trip back this year. They’ll be giving us another heaping helping of their unique tantrum-folk.

Insomniac Folklore

Also, making her first appearance at a Radon show is local Springfield singer/songwriter and country charmer Amy Benton.

Amy Benton

And our last little teaser for now, Peoria band Must Build Jacuzzi is bringing the ska like it’s 1998. You cannot deny, it never left your heart.

Must Build Jacuzzi

Of course it wouldn’t be a Horse Show without horses, so look forward to getting to know the Refuge Ranch horses, too!


That’s all for now. As always, The Horse Show is free, but do send us a donation using the Paypal links on this webpage. We at the Radon need to raise donations to pay the bands, or pay them out of our own pockets if we must. If you want to sponsor the Horse Show, we would love to talk to you. 

Also come check out the Open Mic this Saturday, we’re collecting donations for the Horse Show there too!

As mentioned, we’re still working on the lineup, so stay tuned for more announcements. Also check out our festivals page to find out more about the Horse Show.

Beatles Cover Night Announced

Following up on the excitement of the Bob Dylan Cover Night we did last November, we’re now doing a Beatles Cover Night!


If you want to perform, send us a message and we can see about adding you to the list. For more info check out the Facebook event page!

Also don’t forget we still have the Open Mic this month, and we still have open spots.