This may sound silly, but I have to admit to feeling sad about Blockbuster going into receivership. At first, some of the Canadian stores (such as our neighbourhood Blockbuster) remained open, but now all of them are closing. And it’s not so much the fact that Blockbuster in particular is closing. But the end of Blockbuster signals the end of all video stores.
I have been a “movie person” for as long as I can remember. My sister and I spent summers with our grandmother up in Rawdon, and we hung around the same group of friends, and I have very distinct memories of going to the local video store to pick out a movie. My memory may be skewed, but it seems to me that it was often a horror movie because the older kids (which included Sherry but not me) would win out. My friend Amy and I, as the two youngest in the group, wanted to be viewed as “grown up”, so we would go along with it and force ourselves to sit down in the living room with everyone else to watch it; nine times out of ten, we ended up leaving when the scary stuff started and we’d play games until it was over.
And then there is my current neighbourhood video store which is, in fact, a Blockbuster. Before we had Claire, Neal and I would usually save Fridays as our “movie date” nights, so the staff got to know us pretty well. The first time we went in after we had Claire, some of them came rushing over to take a peek inside the car seat.
We were over at our neighbours’ place last Saturday evening, and they mentioned that our Blockbuster was having their closing sale and they had bought a bunch of cheap movies. Neal and I don’t really re-watch movies very often, but I decided to stop in on Sunday afternoon to see if they had any good, cheap games for the PS3 (they didn’t). I didn’t spend much time in there at all because it was just… sad. Most of the shelves were empty, there were hardly any customers there so it was really quiet and I just felt a little like a vulture. After all, people are losing their jobs – sure, some of them are students working there part-time, but there are also quite a few who work there full-time and have been there for a long time.
So now we have to join the 21st century. Neal and I haven’t had a quiet Saturday night in awhile, so our plan is to rent a movie and take it easy. We’re either going to rent one from our digital cable company or from the Sony Store through our Playstation, but it just doesn’t feel the same. Sure, maybe it’s more convenient, but I have to say, I really enjoyed browsing through the new releases and trying to decide on which movie to rent. Now I’m just going to have a big list of movie titles.