I'll miss the brick-and-mortar video store.
Sure, the convenience of video streaming and the low price of Redbox are modern marvels. But that sense of discovery, of walking through the action movie section and stumbling across a copy of "Anaconda," and thinking, oh yeah, "Anaconda" -- we're losing that.
I attach especially fond memories to Blockbuster, the former king of video rental retail. The company's closed hundreds of stores in the last few years, and with each new closing you can see an era ending before your eyes.
Omaha's Saddle Creek Blockbuster is in the process of closing, and, like any liquidation, it's not a pretty site.
Here's what you'll find.
The storefront literally looks like it's fading out of reality.
Even the ladder and fire extinguisher are for sale.
And this video game cabinet.
And this candy fixture.
So they put the candy and popcorn on the floor.
And a lot of the carpet is wet because the roof has a leak.
And some wiseacre did this.
And these DVDs don't have covers.
And the Blu-rays already had to be marked down.
And here's the movie that ruined Michael Keaton's career.
And these friendly, familiar cases that you've known for so long will soon cease to exist. And that's a shame.