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Showing posts from November 7, 2010

Here's to You Locally Owned Video Rental Guy

Since Blockbuster and I had a recent falling out, I decided to rediscover our town's local video rental store. 15 or so years ago we went there a couple of times. It was dark, kind of dirty, and smelled like a blend of cigarette smoke, popcorn and dirty socks---the typical original 1980s video store. They didn't have any computers; they kept all their customer information on 3 x 5 cards.

It wasn't long before we were lured away by a big new shiny Blockbuster in an adjacent town. We patronized Blockbuster for over a decade.

Unfortunately, with Blockbuster I was always getting annoyed with one thing or another---just ask my poor husband who had to listen or at least pretend to listen to all my annoyances. First, ridiculous late fees, then no late fees, then all these special programs, then they take away most of the perks of these special programs, then they start up with the late fees, but don't tell you until you have a late fee. Plus, don't get me started on all …

8th Grade Purple Coat: Is it Time to Let You Go?

Here is what I call my heavy winter coat. It is a big, puffy, down-filled, grape-colored, cozy warm friend that has seen me through a lot of cold winters. Sometimes, I even wear it inside the house while I'm watching TV; it's that comfortable. Last winter I told my husband I wanted to be buried in it.

I've had it for awhile. Okay, quite awhile. My husband calls it the "8th Grade Purple Coat".  Every time he sees me in it, he laughs and says, "Oh, the 8th grade purple coat---are you really going to wear that?" and then he laughs again, and awhile later, laughs some more. I guess I have to admit, it's no longer the most attractive coat. When I wear it, I look at least 20 lbs heavier, and my head looks at least 2 sizes smaller. Last night my husband flat out told me to get rid of it and buy a new coat. But still, it's so warm! Should I let it go or keep it for a few more years, or maybe decades?