Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

A Random Memory

When I was in high school, I worked at Blockbuster Video. This was about 1988. Actually when I started it was Major Video. They were later bought by Blockbuster. Anyway, when I started they were running a promotion where if you brought back your video the next day, you got a dollar off your next rental. Woohoo. They called it the One Night Stand. My first night, they handed me a button to wear that said, "Ask me about the One Night Stand." Did I mention this was in Vegas? You can imagine how my first night on the job went. After that I refused to wear the button anymore. I have to admit, I'm a little sad watching all the Blockbusters go out of business. Another little piece of my past fading away. But, hey. Netflix is my new best friend.

What does this have to do with writing. Nothing. But it's a good story, don't you think?

15 comments:

AstonWest said...

I agree...a good story. :-)

tiffany said...

great story

Aubrie said...

I used to go to Blockbuster! Too bad they are going out of business. I won't miss the late fees, though!

Funny story, and I'm glad you stood up for yourself and wouldn't wear the button.

Thanks for the congrats on my blog! Made me happy. :)

Larry and Cindy said...

Your Mom and I were products of the sixty's. Alot of things we liked faded away. But some have come back. We are so happy our kids learned to work an are doing well. POP p.s. I'm listening to my music libary on my iphone4,it's on shuffle the song? " Born to be wild" by sheppenwolf, farout man

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Funny story. I can't imagine how the management didn't see that one (with the button) coming. The marketing guru who came up with it? Kind of a twisted sense of humor, I guess. Wonder what he's doing now (because I don't think a 'she' would have pushed such a thing forward).

LTM said...

yes! And it might have something to do with writing. I bet you could work an experience like that into a scene...

It is odd to think of no more Blockbuster~ :o) <3

The Golden Eagle said...

It does make a good story! :)

Angie said...

That's you, Dad. Born to be wild! Love you.

Thanks for the comments all.

Angela Felsted said...

That's awesome! "Ask me about the One Night Stand." Talk about marketing gone bad. I would like to have heard what people said.

Maeve Frazier said...

Great story! I got a good chuckle from it!

M.J. Fifield said...

That is a great story.

I currently work for a company that makes employees wear backpacks on the sales floor as part of a promotion that'll entice customers to buy lots of backpacks. It doesn't seem to work but it doesn't stop management from making us wear them. Next week's promotion is the ever popular fanny pack. Can't wait...

Michelle Teacress said...

I remember renting VCR's from Blockbusters. Fun story. :)

Jaydee Morgan said...

Yep, times are changing. It's hard to let those pieces of our past go.

Theresa Milstein said...

They did NOT make you wear that button?! I'm sad to see it go too. But I also remember when they killed all the little video stores in town.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha ha ha ha! That is hilarious. :-)