I don’t miss the video store. How about the VHS movies? Making sure we rewound it or you are charged extra. Sorry @EveryDayAmnesiac.
Ah, history time! Luckily my high horse has been in the stalls all day and is ready to ride!
I DO miss the video stores! LOL. Although I don't miss the VHS. Having to slice them apart and back together to make them watchable.
But if you wanted to talk movies / film, you had to get off your butt and go talk to that weirdo who worked pretty much 7 days a week at the video store. You couldn't just join a forum.
And most of my good friends in high school I met through that store because - this might be hard to believe - although I was popular in high school, even with the Cool Kids and the Jocks and the Grades Obsessionists, where I belonged was with the geeks and the dweebs and the spazzes and the nerds and the freaks and the Bad Kids and anyone socially anxious. And when they wanted advice on what to rent that was different or weird or psycho or whatever else, they came to me. I was the Tarantino of my town.
And because the store's owners were no-shows, and making a shit ton of money off their porn rentals and sex shop, I ordered movies they never even noticed.
Hong Kong action films by John Woo. 1930's German Expressionism. 1940's Italian Neorealism. 1950's American film noir. 1960's French New Wave. 1970's exploitation films. And plenty of straight to video Troma movies. It was basically a hangout for movie dorks.
So I miss the social gathering aspect of it.
And as far as the rewinding charges went or late fees, I would only charge the dicks. If someone came in and threw the tape in my face and said this movie sucked, yeah, double charge. If they didn't like the movie and wanted to discuss why, no charge.
And rewind machines actually were worth the $20. Except for high-end VCR's, the rest were simply not built for rewinding tapes, and tapes weren't built for being rewound in them - it was mostly the speed and aggressiveness of the process. That's why so many cheap VCR's and tapes went belly up so quickly.
it took us a while to get cable television because we lived on the outskirts of town. My dad would have to constantly adjust the antenna.
The birth of the aluminum foil hack!