You want to know what’s funnier than seeing a long line at the Redbox on Friday night? A long line at the Redbox on a Friday night when it’s raining. As parents, the wife and I often have to visit our local Walgreens. Star Wars candy, action figures, stickers, you know…the basics. Not to mention what our kids might want.
Recently, I’ve started sitting in the car with the windows down while they’re inside, people watching. Some of the four letter words coming from the mouths of people standing in line, I tell you. They blame the Chinese, the Gods, H1N1 Swine Flu and even George Lucas. When the only people to blame are the ones standing in line.
Yes, we are all to blame. Record stores have all but vanished because we stopped going in favor of sitting on our asses and thieving MP3’s. I’m as guilty as anyone, in fact when Napster got shut down I hid for days. Movie stores have all but vanished because of Redbox, Netflix and other garden variety media services. Not bashing Netflix, because I have it and love it. That said, every single time I see some poor elderly lady standing behind a dozen people in the pouring rain I can’t help but laugh. If only you would have went to the local Blockbuster a bit more often, they might still be open. And your jacket! Why do these people never wear jackets in the rain?
The point of this blog is as follows. As society becomes more and more “tech savvy”, we kill off things like the above mentioned. Arcades are gone, movie stores, record shops and the future of newspapers and bookstores is not looking all that bright. While I can appreciate advancements in technology, let’s not neglect the things we may one day soon miss dearly.