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Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

Growing up in Springfield we had Mr. Tolley's Video Store and the switch to dvd did him in. But I remember going on Friday night with my dad and picking our movie for the weekend. They knew us by name and when I got older we were able to walk to the video store and that was even cooler. They would even save big movie posters for me to hang in my room... I was a total nerd.
I was so sad when I came home from college a few years ago and they had officially closed.
But I think things just change... there will always be something to fill in the social void. It won't look and feel the same to us... but it will be similar to Bruiser and Punky... hopefully.

Posted by mayorofthebux.com on 02/07/2011 at 2:56 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

Gotta say, I'm not really sorry to see them go. Viva la technology!

Posted by mandyhornbuckle on 02/06/2011 at 8:54 AM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

With neither a video rental store or access to DVD mail orders, I can tell you that life does go on. But there was something special, as you said, about visiting the store and wandering the aisles to make a choice.

Now, we live in a way that harks back to the 50s. "What is on TV for the Sunday movie?" It's kinda fun....

Posted by AmyDM on 02/06/2011 at 7:51 AM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

I admit that I used to love wandering around "Wherehouse Video" in Southern California while growing up. I remember being so excited to find a copy of Back to the Future, only to discover that it was actually a Beta copy and not VHS! Later on though I was disgusted when in the '90s, suddenly Wherehouse, Blockbuster, and Hollywood started charging $2.99 for a rental when they previously charged $1.50. I think that if those video chains didn't get so greedy, they may have had a chance once new players popped up on the scene such as netflix and Redbox. Personally, I love netflix and I applaud Redbox for charging less for brand new releases. The only thing I don't appreciate about netflix is that they like to try to hide new releases from the public by not showcasing them on their site. To find new releases, I always go to Blockbuster.com, write down what has just come out, and then stockpile it onto my netflix queue. I also love streaming movies and shows so that my kids don't get bombarded with commercials from regular television. Yes, the video stores will always have a special place in my heart but I am willing to say goodbye and file them away in my memories next to the Beta cassettes. By the way Lindsey, it was great seeing you and your family on the hike today! I have your blog listed on my blog list right next to Finslippy and Dooce. Thanks for making my days a bit better with your postings. (Glowplanet.blogspot.com)

Posted by Glow on 02/05/2011 at 6:26 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

I have always been faithful to our Blockbuster, mostly because of their convenience and selection. However, a few months ago, I was shocked to go into their heavily trafficked store and find it empty, with "the end of late fees" at its end and all their prices raised. I ended up finding the movie I rented the next week at Wal-Mart for about a dollar more. Haven't been back since.

We don't have cable, and, with a family of six, going to the actual theater is a major treat. As a result, we rely on rentals and DVD purchase A LOT. We've used RedBox quite a bit, but they hardly ever have a new release. We also ventured into Family Video over the summer and enjoyed many a cheap rental...some 2 for $1, some $1...free kids movies...most for at least three days. It was awesome. And then we figured out last month how to use our Wii and get Netflix. And THEN I discovered "Desperate Housewives". I think we might have rented one movie since Christmas.

Still, I hate change, and it would be very disappointing to have NO video store to peruse...and don't forget the temptation to buy the big bucket of microwaveable popcorn and candy for an outrageous amount...even knowing I have perfectly acceptable popcorn in my pantry and can buy the same candy for half the price at the gas station. It's the next best thing to the actual theater! :)

www.nextfiveminutes.blogspot.com

Posted by Cindy M. on 02/05/2011 at 2:56 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

I guess I kinda thought my abandonment of video stores was due to children and being too busy, I always thought they'd be there for me whenever I wanted to go back! It's all my fault tooooooo!

Really love your descriptions, so mirrors my history with VHS and DVD rentals. What a different world to look forward to.

And Netflix, I'm not ready to stream, haven't gotten that stupid cord to connect to my big TV yet and you guys need to really up your game on making more variety available before you jump the ship YOU created of mailing out DVD's!

Honestly!!!

http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/

Posted by rubberbacon on 02/05/2011 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

what happens in the summer when they're out of school for THREE. WHOLE. MONTHS?!?!?!?

Posted by officespace319 on 02/04/2011 at 11:42 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

You know what's weird? I WENT to the Barnes and Noble in my neighborhood that closed. A LOT. For birthday presents, date nights, and just for fun. Maybe I was their only customer? Anyway, this is a great post. Video stores were SO COOL for awhile there. All these things our kids won't even know existed, like my Grandma talking about the horse drawn ice truck that came once a week. We just looked at her like she had five heads. I have a time sensitive post here about the Super Bowl, if you have a minute this weekend (ha!) to check it out! http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/

Posted by knewman on 02/04/2011 at 9:24 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

You know the saddest part? The demise of the video store means the movie Clerks is no longer edgy. Maybe it hasn't been edgy in years, but to me, Clerks was the epitome of Indie chic.

I like redbox OK when I want to watch Shrek. It stinks for foreign and indie films tho.

I love foreign and indie films. That is, I love them when I am not too tired to wait for my 3 kids to get to sleep before I watch them. Not often, obviously. I still think Clerks is edgy.

Mary www.giftoffat.com

Posted by Mary A on 02/04/2011 at 7:49 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

Sad confession but since having kids renting DVDs has become our main source of entertainment (good-bye fancy restaurants and cool lounges - see you again someday maybe...). When hubby and I want to have a "date night" it involves watching a movie at home after the kids are asleep. Going to the video store was the only part of our "date" that involved us leaving the house and now that is gone - sniffle.

http://thegreatmirth.blogspot.com/

Posted by Nicole on 02/04/2011 at 2:47 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

I couldn't even tell you the last time I was in a video store. In fact, I've lived in Bellevue for more than three years now, and I never set foot in any of the video stores. I didn't even realize there still was a Blockbuster out here!

But wow, it is weird to think that a phenomenon that was a huge part of my childhood and early adulthood is disappearing. My son doesn't understand that people didn't always get their DVDs from Netflix, or the library, or in a few cases, Target. And when I mentioned once to him that we used to rent video tapes, he looked at me suspiciously. ("Tape? Like the stuff you use to wrap presents?")

But I'm really more upset about bookstores closing up shop. I really need to get out there and just buy some more books already. New books. In person. And um, stop relying on Amazon and McKay's so much...

Jennifer
http://jenniferlarsonwrites.wordpress.com

Posted by Jennifer L on 02/04/2011 at 12:57 PM

Re: “How will my kids ever learn about late fees and rental protection?

Yeah, that is unfortunately beyond my technological security clearance. Sad face.

Posted by Lindsay on 02/03/2011 at 5:27 PM

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I was wondering who was still going to video stores :). You can stream Shine and Fresh and Place in the Sun on either itunes or amazon right now for $2.99. I don't miss the video stores at all, now record stores that is a different story....

Posted by bob1 on 02/03/2011 at 10:30 AM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

Every time I hear that school is closed, my thoughts go to all the parents that will have to scramble to find care, or burn a precious sick or vacation day. Perhaps this is why wine was invented?

http://www.dearnashville.blogspot.com/

Posted by tinac on 01/27/2011 at 9:34 AM

Re: “We were happy our teen daughters were stunners — until the phone started ringing

i feel your pain. as the mother of two young girls--blonde-haired, blue-eyed little drama queens--i am proud of how beautiful and bright they are, yet scared at what the future holds. maybe i'll get the best of both worlds, brains and beauty. while my 7 year old already talks like a valley girl (although we live smack-dab in tennessee) and requested a pair of "jeggings" for christmas ("it's easier to tuck them into my knee boots!") she also loves to read and is completely proper and straight-laced.

only time will tell.

rachel k. roberts
http://dayinthelife4.blogspot.com

Posted by rachann4 on 01/22/2011 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

Oh my!!!! My friend just turned me on to your blog and I LOVE IT!!!! laughing out loud and appreciating the realness. Your new follower...Kim.

Posted by Kim kosek on 01/22/2011 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

Honestly I grew up with more snow then this and rarely got snow days! We lived in a mountainous area where ice meant inches of ice! Redonkulous!@

http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/

Posted by rubberbacon on 01/22/2011 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

"Drooling in the corner"...that's me in a nutshell! I've got a 3-year-old and a 10-month-old and I only get 3 days a week of school (preschool, that is) as it is! Any time the enormous school district in our area is out because of snow, cold, blinding rays of sunshine, etc., our preschool takes the day off as well. No more snow days, please!!
www.ginnylou-littlemoments.blogspot.com

Posted by GinnyLou on 01/21/2011 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I vote you give everyone a hot toddy............that way eeeeeveryone gets a nice LONG nap daily. And some peace and quiet.
Heehee.
Just kidding.
maybe.
Hang in there Momma! Use times like these as ammo to keep you out of the old folks home and in one of their guest rooms!!
Erin
Www.thegoldendrool.blogspot.com

Posted by thegoldendrool on 01/21/2011 at 5:50 PM

Re: “Extended snowcation is a blast — except for the extended part

I.hear.you. I work from home so it's nice that I don't have to scramble for child care when it snows but I still have to WORK and can't get enough done. Plus, my son needs the routine of school--I think they all do. I noticed last year that they didn't even make up the snow days, supposedly the were "Built in." Huh?

I feel bad for the teachers, while they enjoy their day off, it puts more pressure on them to keep on schedule with testing, etc.

I'm originally from Chicago so driving in the snow does not intimidate me... Call me too, and I'll pick them up!! I guarantee most parents would find a way. Williamson County has some rural parts but let's use common sense. You live at the top of Lynwood Way? Stay home. Fieldstone Farms? I think you can make it to the nearest schools.

http://plzdontcallmeangie.blogspot.com/201…

Posted by nightowlang on 01/21/2011 at 1:54 PM

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