Thursday, 19 May 2016

Back in 2012

Back in 2012 I was stuck. I had quit a terrible job in Whittards in January. Mostly due to the manager and their craziness AND they still owed me a large sum of money which they paid half of 2 years later. After this decision, which made sense at the time, I was employed for 3 months. Apart from a couple of freelance runner jobs, I didn't have much going on. It was painful. But anyone who has been in this position will understand.

I then worked at Blockbuster for 5 months. Remember that shop? It was a video then DVD and game rental shop. Half of the stores were closed when the company went through trouble, then they closed them all and tried to survive online. This didn't work. I was made redundant for the first time (there would be another) and my reward was a small sum and access to a truck load of discounted DVDs, which I fully took advantage of.

From Blockbuster to the uncomfortable and mental torture in the attic. I worked for a editor for 2 months but the less said about that the better. I freelanced at a company I really liked for 6 weeks but then came the cold Winter and plenty of free time at Christmas. 2013 arrived and to be honest, that wasn't a great year either, at least for the first 6 months.

Looking back, 2012 was probably the worst year I've ever had. It may have been the year of the London Olympics but I was not triumphant. It was the Year of the Snake and I was born in a Snake year. But I read, some time later that if it the year of your animal, you will have bad luck. You can choose to believe this or not, but reading this after it happened, I was sucked into it.

I was looking through my blog posts from the year and there were a few things that stood out. The Hobbit was one of the very few highlights that year. There was Seal of the Day posts. I seemed to write much shorter posts (might go back to that) and I talked about things other than film. The latter has stopped almost (apart from this post and Helsinki) as I'm hoping to concentrate more on film here but the odd post about something random can't hurt right?

This post was meant to be about something else.


  1. wendell ottley19 May 2016 at 14:58

    I've had a year or two like that. Even worked for Blockbuster during one of them, lol. I think it was '05. They were just starting to feel some pressure from Netflix, which was only online back then. They then took some of the worst steps possible to combat this, and well, the rest is history. Anyhoo, I am glad things have gotten better for you.

  2. I know quite a few people now that used to work at Blockbusters. I was there at the end and it wasn't pretty. You're right they didn't handle things well. The only good thing to come out of that experience was the 70% off nearly everything in store! Thank you, yes things have got better, but they'll always be some struggles to deal with right?