This weekend I headed down to my favourite video store and rented an actual hard copy dvd (as I'm known to do now and then). However, I assume most folks reading this have not walked into a video store for a little while. I mean, why would you? We have a vast array of movies, shows, documentaries and more all with a click of a button on any one of our many devices. However, I like to make the trip to Far Out Flicks for a variety of reasons. First off, I think it really is important to support our local brick and mortar stores. Secondly, renting an actual hard copy dvd offers an opportunity to connect with my community. I had a pleasant conversation with Rolf as we chatted about Bob and Doug Mackenzie as Strange Brew was playing on the tv when I walked in. We laughed about their Christmas album the Great White North that we had both grown up listening to. And picking up and returning the dvd gets me out walking in my neighbourhood, which inevitably leads to more casual conversations with people I run into on the journey. Also, brick and mortar stores offer a level of customer service and knowledge that can be hard to find elsewhere.
What's the point of my little story about renting a dvd from my local video store in the #365ofgoodWR project? I suppose it's just a gentle reminder to look around at the things in your neighbourhood, whether that's a park, or quiet space, or even your local video store (if you're lucky enough to have one!), and take some time to not only appreciate them but actually use them too. #lovemyhood