Sunday, November 03, 2013

NaBloPoMo day 3: Partaking in a nearly gone past time

A few weekends a month, Inspector Climate and I partake in a tradition that will soon be obsolete. We walk down the street to our local video store (strangely named as not a single 'video' is on the shelves only dvds) and browse the shelves.  We pick up the cases in our hands, read the backs of them, put them on the shelves. While other people mill about us, we talk about what type of movie we're in the mood for that evening.

We see movies that aren't in our 'queue' or aren't recommended for us specifically, but movies that are just there. We struggle to find what we're looking for because the movies could be in about four different places (They have a recommended viewing section that holds the majority of the movies, and then it's sorted by genre). Then, we go up to the counter where a real person is working. We the converse with this person, sharing pleasantries before we give them our PIN, they put the dvd into the empty case, and then we walk out the door to watch our movie.

I remember going to the video store with my mom and always being attracted to the movies I'd already seen. They were safe and familiar and I liked that. I have vivid memories of the strange video store near our house, half video store - half furniture store (what a combo!).  I think very few people get their movies this way anymore.

I mean, do you?



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9 comments:

  1. Unfortunately we don't live near any "family video" type stores. We have a blockbuster, but most of their movies cost more than a dollar apiece so we don't usually go there. We do get dvds from libraries in the area--sometimes searching the catalog and driving to a further library for a dvd we're particularly looking for...but we also have netflix.

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  2. I don't think we can find them in Dubai, not anymore I guess. I do remember younger days when renting the movie we have been anticipating to see is available.

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  3. I do occasionally go to Hastings for a video. But I do occasionally miss Blockbuster--when that was the only way to get movies. Even though everything is customized now, its all so impersonal.

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  4. I haven't gone to a video store in years. The closest I've come is Red Box! I used to love to go though, and walk up and down all the aisles looking at the choices!!

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  5. I haven't seen a video store since 2010. I think they're extinct. Like pay phones.

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  6. Dude. Video stores. Extinct. It seems like a concept from so long ago!

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  7. Luke and I still go to the video/DVD store. We don't go very often but we did go on Saturday and I feel like we are among the last people who still do it. I was thinking about this yesterday and I think I will keep going to the video store when I want to see a movie that's no longer in the cinema because the place we go is a small, independent business and I want to support my local businesses. Plus when we went on Saturday there was a cat in the store so I got to pat a cat as well.

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  8. I haven't been to a video store in ages, but it's pretty cool and you and your husband keep up a unique tradition. :)

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  9. My goodness, I haven't done that in forever! Now it's just Redbox or On Demand, sadly

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