The summer of 2001 was a big one for me. That year, I graduated art school, and said goodbye to some of the best years of my life. Just a couple of weeks later, I made the decision to leave my longtime job at Blockbuster Video.
It wasn’t that I didn’t like the job, I did. What I hated were the hours. My store stayed open until midnight, and by the time we got everything done, I’d be getting home after 1 am most nights. Then, back up by 5:30 to go to school, it was too much. At the time I was hoping to continue in school, this time with a focus on computer art programs like Illustrator, Maya, and even Quark.
The only problem was, I liked working at a video store. I also liked getting free movies, and sometimes getting free screenings to movies. As far as jobs went, working at a video store wasn’t a bad job at all.
So I looked around town and found a mom and pop video store chain called Video To Go. The company owned three stores in the area, but one was only a few minutes from where I lived. VTG offered me better hours (they closed at 9) and more money than Blockbuster.
There were some unexpected perks too: for my first few weeks, I was the only guy working at the store. This gave me a chance to get to know some of my coworkers really well, people I still talk to today.
Video To Go came into my life during a transition period, but little did I know this place would change my life for years to come. To put it mildly, I had plenty of adventures during my days at Video To Go, not just in the store, but outside with my new friends too. Some of my adventures included, but were not limited to:
- Starting new movie night traditions
- My boss taught ne how to gamble
- I was put in charge of the porn room
- A few co-workers and I got chased around town by my boss’ ex-boyfriend
- There were many Krispy Kreme runs at 3 am
- And I fell head over heels for a girl
But that dear readers, is only the tip of the iceberg. There are plenty of other Video To Go stories to tell, and I will go into greater detail on some of them over the next couple of weeks. So stay tuned for more of The VTG Files!