About once a year I actually visit video rental stores and rent movies. Well, maybe 6 months ago I stopped into an independent rental store to rent one of the LoTR flicks. The place was very charming. They had a small assortment of older, used, games for sale, card catalogs to search for videos not on the shelves, a group of folks playing chess on a couple of tables, and very nice workers behind the counter.
All in all, it was a great place. Of course, I almost never rent movies so I haven't been back since returning that movie.
A few weeks ago I drove past and saw a going out of business sign. I'd been meaning to stop in and check out the games, but did not get around to it. About 2pm this afternoon, driving past today I saw a sign in the door that said today was the last day, and they were closing at 6PM.
Now, Jess and I had just dropped Nate off at my mother-in-law's for a sleepover, and were on our way to a late lunch to begin our semi-annual date. I asked if we could stop in briefly, and she said that was fine, as she'd been searching for an out of print Disney video for a while.
We walked in, and she asked about the video (Peter Pan). They had it and she was thrilled.
While she was paying for it, I looked for the games. I found a stack of NES boxes on the ground. I turned around a little bit and started to ask the owner and workers if they had the games behind the counter, when "some guy" over my shoulder said the games were his, he'd already bought them.
He then said 'Steve, is that you?' . It was our very own Portnoyd !!!
Now, in the first place, he had somehow managed to scoop me, buying every game in the place before I arrived.
Secondly, I gotta know, how in the world did you know about this shop, and that they were closing up?
Congrats on the deal, and it was fun running into you like that.
Have a great Christmas weekend,