I didn't think my first blog back after a few days away from the game would be about Blockbuster video, but that's the beauty of the internet, you never know what you're gonna find or where it will take you.
So short story short, an autistic boy was sad that the Blockbuster video by him was closing down. So naturally his parents made him a replica of the store at home to help deal with the anguish of losing one of everybody's favorite 90's relics.
Obviously the internet loved this story. It was all over twitter and reddit. How could it not? It's nostalgia combined with making someone with special needs happy. All this story needs is a puppy.
While it is obviously was an awesome gesture by this boy's parents (I think it's a very cool move). Everybody is quick to say how awesome of parents this kid has, but I still kind of have my doubts. It's a question that is worth wondering. Because of course it's incredible to do something like this to make your son happy, but can we talk about the elephant in the room for a second? How can you raise your family in a place where BlockBuster video even exists? Do they live in 1998?
I'm just genuinely worried about this family's well being. We can all agree doing something like this to make your autistic son happy is awesome and incredible, there's no debating that, and I'm not hear to say anything bad about him because I have nothing bad to say. I just can't imagine living in a place where there is still a running Blockbuster video to be very safe. Like does this town have hospitals and a grocery store? Or is it just like a nebulous of pay phones and video rental stores?
I just can't imagine a place that had a running BlockBuster a week ago to also have luxuries of today like running water, paved roads, or modern medicine.
To me this is all about there still being a BlockBuster somewhere in 2017. This is like finding out in 1987 that there are still schools that aren't desegregated. I thought by 2017 there would be zero Blockbusters left.
Not to be too woke, but can we do a little research and see if there actually was a BlockBuster video around these people? I mean it can't take that long right? There's literally only a dozen left in the U.S. ( I just checked and even that seems high) assuming these people live in America it will be pretty easy to find out if it adds up. I hope I'm wrong, cause I don't want to sound horrible but with how desperate people can be to go viral on the internet it just makes me wonder for a second. It just doesn't make sense to me that there are actual people using Blockbusters in 2017. Unless one parent is a travel agent and the other develops pictures for a living. Then it all adds up.
But in all seriousness, obviously this is a cool heart-warming story, I'm just saying on the internet you can never be too careful. If this story was from 2007 then yeah it'd seem a lot more plausible. Just blows my mind that these people could've rented from Blockbuster after Donald Trump was elected President. That timeline makes zero sense.
P.S. I love how it's all DVDs for him with stuff like Rugrats, Elmo and Veggie Tales, then sprinkled in The Town on the top shelf. Nothing like a little Charlestown bank robbing after learning about Jesus from a Cucumber.
The official BlockBuster twitter account is still active and it's v sad.