Tuesday, July 13, 2004

The BIG News; or, "You're not your job"

Well, now that it's official, I guess i can let the cat out of the bag (whatever the hell that means, though I guess if you're obssesive on those matters you can check it out here) and tell you what the big news I alluded to earlier is.

Yesterday I quit my job at Blockbuster. I know, it's shocking isn't it. Anders, the guy whose very name in these parts is synonymous wiht movies, won't be working at a video store after the end of the week. Crazy, isn't it. Basically, after nine months of bitchin' and complainin' about Jason Hobbis, he finally made a move that got me angry enough to quit (that move being the firing of one Ryan Gullen, who you can read here).

One would think that it would be easy to quit a job like this one. A job that has given me so much grief, from management, from infringement on my time, from just plain ol' stress, but it was actually a hard decision to make. A part of me loved that job, and loved being a video store clerk. It's pretty much the ideal college job for me, and I had made it a part of my identity. It was a part of who I am. "I'm Anders, and I work at Blockbuster." Kind of pathetic actually.

Really, though, this mentality is prevalent in our culture. People define themselves, not by who they really are, but by what they do. "I'm Joe, and I'm a doctor." Or, "I'm Kathy, and I sell Mary Kay shit that nobody needs." So much of people's identities are tied up in what they do. So as hard as it is to give up the free rentals, and the good times I had with some of the staff there, this is perhaps a more important decision than I originally gave credit. It's about defining myself not by what I do, but by who I am.

"You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis." - Tyler Durden, Fight Club


At 1:40 a.m., Blogger Ryan said...

haha, I love the Tyler Durden quote....

But yeah, It's rough leaving that place, we started that store, we essentially built it up from the ground. We were the guys people knew cause we were there so long...blah blah blah.... you can go on and on about it...it was even harder having to come to that realization that you are, suddenly when I thought all was well...but the more I think about it I realize, yeah I loved being the movie store guy, and it was a blast working with you and all the crew...I mean there were golden years, and good times, but in the end it became a place that harbored so much negativity it was hard to salvage those good times. and with Hobbis' old school like 1930's “do what i say or else” management style, there was gunna be nothing but budding heads till we left there anyway...so you know what...lets just get over it, and remember the good times we had.

We should make a point of talking about a funny blockbuster moment everyday and then that will help us ease our pain...

Here’s today’s:
When I asked that girl her phone # as per usual verification when they were renting, but I wrote it down on a piece of paper and put in my pocket...

catch ya later buddy]

At 1:30 p.m., Blogger Ewan said...

Good on ya mate, you did the right thing.

I think in a couple years we'll look back at Blockbuster as pretty insignificant, especially when we're picking up our lunches from Hobbis at the McDonalds drive-through window.

At 4:55 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hobbis is a child molesting wannabe.



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