This one’s kind of a double throwback. First of all, if you’re old enough to remember when going to Blockbuster Video was exciting, just the mention of the service brings back memories of driving to the store with great anticipation, perhaps that they would finally have copy of The Three Musketeers in stock. (Oh, that Rebecca DeMornay!) You remember looking longingly at the upcoming release board and just hoping, hoping, you could find a way to get there at 10am when they opened to get those coveted first rentals. Some stores let you reserve ahead of time, but that was a crapshoot too.
Or, if you are a little younger, perhaps you remember walking through the aisles downtrodden, seeing The Matrix in the New Release wall three years after it came out and trying to decide if it was worth renting anything with the old lady asking questions of the one cashier. She could be at it all day.
Whether you remember good Blockbuster or bad Blockbuster, your heart probably twinged a bit when I posted, back in 2013, that they were gone for good. DISH actually kept the name alive for a year or so, trying to get a streaming service off the ground but it never really clicked. Today, if you go to blockbuster.com all you find is a placeholder that takes you to the DISH site.
It’s a stern reminder that no matter who you are, no matter how totally you dominate the market, your day will one day come. It came for Blockbuster, and it could just as easily come for Netflix or Hulu in the future. Or for this blog, for that matter.
Let’s just enjoy each day as they come… as if it were finally the day you were able to rent Robin Hood or Mission:Impossible.