The Urgent Blockbuster

Black widowFor those of you who may have forgotten, I had run in with the good, unsuspecting people at my local Blockbuster a few years ago.  As I recall, all I wanted was to rent a video featuring the lovely and talented Scarlett Johansson in skin tight attire and loaded for bear (or bare), and all they wanted to do was fail to acknowledge my existence, only to obliviously upsell their candy, popcorn, and soda deal when they got around to taking care of my burdensome demand of checking out a DVD or two.

 Things got worse, and when I recounted the story here on your favorite website on the whole world wide web, it got linked on a discussion forum dedicated to the hatred of said video rental store.  The forum in question featured employees, most of whom were sporting a pretty bad attitude about the very people who kept them in bidness, namely the customer.

 Since then, the store where I had my encounter along with all of the surrounding stores in my vicinity have shut down.  It was only a matter of time.  With the cancellation of my DVD mailer subscription, the death nail had been positioned on the coffin and was ready to be hammered into place.

In recent months, renovation of the location nearest to me has commenced.  The building is now going to house an urgent care clinic.  It’s nice to see the presence of a business there which will keep drivers by from looking at an abandoned building.  “Oh,” the car passengers would recall as they drove by.  “That’s where that video rental place which couldn’t adapt to the needs of its customers used to be.”

 I’d like to think the new urgent care facility will have a makeshift labor and delivery room in case a baby or two arrives prematurely.

I’d also like to think that the makeshift labor and delivery room will be located in the building; generally in the same spot where Blockbuster housed the new releases.


Randy Tharp

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