Letting Go

Tonight, in the process of making room for my new desk, I faced the job of ridding myself of well over $1000 of VHS tapes.  Even when I began to purchase used tapes, instead of new ones, I still paid between $5 and $10 per tape, and I had 175 tapes.  Approximately.

As I went through the tapes, I recalled purchasing many of them.  I bought some of the tapes in North Carolina, in a video store about halfway home from work.  Among my favorites from that location, Star Trek IV, Terminator 2 – Judgment Day, Crimson Tide, and the X-files movie.  Those four, and probably 50 others, were late in my time collecting VHS tapes.

Before then, I would say that most of the videos came either from Colorado Springs, or from right here in Bath ME, at the local supermarket.  One notable exception:  I was in Adirondack Park when The Matrix was released, and I bought it new there, although several people had told me that watching it would make me go into epileptic fits,  Also while in New York, I found a copy of Cannery Row, a movie I had watched in a class at Seminary.  My collection grew, month by month,  and I always packed it very carefully and securely in my many moves from state to state.

I have been through five or six VCRs in the last 25 years or so — in the last ten, I’ve had one to use, and always kept a new one under the bed, in case they became too hard to acquire. The one I am using currently doesn’t have a backup — I knew my VHS collection was reaching the end of its useful life.  I have only kept two movies — favorites from my B-movie collection.  One is Dante’s Peak, and the other is Volcano, with Tommy Lee Jones.  I’ve also kept three tapes with family events on them — I doubt I will get rid of those ever, unless I find a way to put them on CD or DVD.

I feel a certain amount of melancholy — I built my collection of VHS tapes with much love and care.  I was really too young to be much affected by the LP to cassette tape change, so this is really my first time cleaning out a couple of bookcases of media.  Still, the room for my desk is far more important, so I simply reminisce a little about each tape, and then into the bags they go.

This is the end of an era for me — one to which I can easily bid farewell, as I step forward into a whole new world.  Goodbye, my friends — you kept me sane many times, when I thought I would explode from boredom,.  Thank you.

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2 responses to “Letting Go

  1. It a very difficult thing to do.
    Letting go of something we put so much investment, not just financial but maybe more importantly emotional investment as well.
    We have to keep in mind that although have an affeection for a collection is healthy, not remembering they are just things is not. I found myself hanging to things for all the wrong reasons.
    And sweetie, I am not intamating that is what you are doing by any means. I would never assume a thing.

    I hung on to 8-track tapes for so long that by the time iI did let go it was because I could no loger find used players.
    I only bought cassesttes when I could no longer find a decnt turn table to play my vinyl collection on. Then when vinyl’s were hard to come by in new releases I finally bought CD’s. Now thankfully vinyls are making an appearance to the scene again. And turn tables? You can find the best again.
    I’m am late bloomer and like to hang onto what I know is good. Sometimes though moving on is a good thing. Trading your VHS movies out for a new desk sounds reasonable to me. Even very exciting. I Looove new desks.
    You’ll just have to start over rebuilding your collection in digital format. But wait.. come to think of it, is not the creating, building and “collecting” your collectiion all part of it?
    I rather think so. Have fun my dear lil’ sis. Love ya~ BB

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