I packed up all my VHS movies in preparation for moving. There were two boxes of them. And yes, I still watch them. I don’t care if the same movie is available on Netflix Streaming. Sometimes, I just want the old fashioned tape whirring through the VCR. But, since I am between TVs right now, there is no way to watch them anyway. So, into boxes they go.
Maybe I’m holding onto them because I don’t like change. Yet, the truth is, I do like change! So, what is it? Why am I reluctant to toss out the old and embrace the new? It’s not like I don’t own any DVDs. I have almost 100 of them.
I don’t think it’s because I like how things used to be. I think it’s because I know that I don’t need to own the latest and greatest technology in order to be happy and feel good about myself. Plus, there is still that one thing that VHS movies can do that a DVD cannot – I can STOP it at any point in the movie and it will stay exactly where I stopped it, forever and ever and ever until the end of time.
Since I rarely watch a whole movie in one sitting, I like this about the VHS format. I know DVD’s are superior in many ways, but I can get genuinely annoyed scouring through the scene selections trying to find where I left off. It takes so much more time than simply popping in a VHS tape and pressing PLAY.
So, for now, my DVDs and VHS movies will continue to live together in my entertainment cabinet. I love them both, but I’d rather be writing than watching a movie anyway, so I am always going to be more excited about buying a 20-pack of 0.5mm mechanical pencils than if someone gave me a Blu-ray player and giant TV with surround sound stereo. But… that’s just me.