Mostly throughout 2019, a shelf-full of assorted VHS tapes sat in the dining room of my apartment-mansion with barely a way to play them. I’d fallen out of interest with the hobby of collecting tapes or even watching movies. Watching Adjust Your Tracking hasn’t turned me into a passionate tapehead again. Rather, ruminating on what these collectors enjoy about the hobby has solidified what I want from movies, VHS tapes, and what I want to watch.
I fought off hordes of thieves and had a value-assessment-ray in a dream last night. Since my dreams are mostly forgettable, or merely context specific defragmentations of recent life events, I had fun! It was still just fragments of the previous day, where the hordes were inspired by a dumb Walking Dead arcade game and the value ray was based on a turn in my writing from “Cluster Restricts Options,” and a key collectability realization.
I have two bags of VHS tapes to donate soon, as I’m also soon bringing over another carload of stored stuff. The more I downsize, the less it feels like I’ve downsized. The hallways are clearer and there’s less stuff blocking other stuff, it’s just… I keep unearthing more stuff to sort through, and increasingly, less of it interests me. Why keep anything that doesn’t immediately excite or inspire you? Just to “have” it around?
My VHS collection sat for months, inconveniently blocking an aisleway, intentionally being an intentional eyesore. Incidentally, with months of packing, donating, and keeping context, and a renewed interest in watching occasional movies, I’ve purged anything that I can watch in a higher definition or anything that isn’t rare/resellable. VHS represents a particular aesthetic for me, so if I’m going to enjoy it, it needs to be manageable, otherwise, I won’t want to deal with it.
After donating three boxes of VHS tapes, my remaining VHS collection fits into 7 mid-sized boxes, with a TV/VCR and spare VCR/DVD player rounding out the pack. Other than two additional boxes of Disney tapes, which will join me on this first hop on my moving adventures… if they don’t sell, most of the tapes here aren’t worth much. Besides, maybe, some of the anime tapes. Why keep any of them? Is nostalgia worth their weight?
How many movies per year do you watch? If my RYM movie tags are as accurate as I think they are, I’ve seen 11 feature-length movies since starting Better Zombie in August 2016. Watching less than six movies per year means there isn’t much of a point for me to own an extensive movie collection, especially if I’m planning to live in apartments for the next few years. Just keep the essentials and sell the rest… right?
Last week’s brainstorming update to The Story led to storms of idea static surging my brain. It’s tempting to write these narrative ideas about the Lanchester Farm, interactions, and potential spoilers. I know better. Working with an “over-prepare, then go with the flow” style of writing yields my best results, so let’s borrow a line from The Incal, and explore some of the ‘techno-techno scientific’ details of the world Trishna (left) and John live in.