I feel a little bit nostalgic for the mom and pop VHS store because VHS was in its infancy and I was completely fascinated with the idea of watching a theatrical movie release from the comforts of home (our family never had cable service). I don't miss Blockbuster at all. Our local one only carried new releases and always seemed to have most if not all of the good releases completely rented out most of the time. There is still a local book/video store that I really like and is still in business. They have escaped the wrath of Netflix, Amazon, etc. so far by carrying used books, obscure books, obscure dvd's, etc. They also carried new releases of books and movies but only had small quantities on hand. I still go there every once in a while not looking for anything in particular and usually end up walking out with a couple of dvd rentals and a book or two.
"The farther we go, the more the ultimate explanation recedes from us, and all we have left is faith."