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The Internet will huff and puff and blow the store down

Jon Bon Jovi noticed the world has changed and he’s not happy about it. Bon Jovi verbally punched Steve Jobs at Apple last week. He accused Mr. Jobs of single-handily ruining the music industry.

Bon Jovi states with the invent of iTunes our children will not have the opportunity to take their allowance down to the local “brick and mortar” record store and pick their music from the artwork on the jacket. No more going to the record store to listen to songs on the headphones. No need to buy all the songs on the album. I don’t know about you, but I always thought some of the best songs on an album were the ones that didn’t make it on the radio.

Jon, my friend, I have to agree with you, sort of. There is something wrong with purchasing music with a few clicks of a keyboard and using your parent’s credit card.

The “brick and mortar” mom and pop record store is gone. Mom is now cooking at the retirement home. Pop is working in the electrical department at The Orange Depot. But I have news for you Jon my friend, it wasn’t Steve Jobs.

Long before iTunes another force was pushing Mom and Pop out the door. Stores like Barney and Nobility, Wally’s and Red Circle Store started the change years ago. At least, they were “brick and mortar”, and lots of it. These are the wolves that huffed and puffed and blew Mom and Pop down.

Hey, let’s talk about books. Wasn’t it great to have a Wall%^^books in the mall-kind of a shame that Mom and Pop had to close their store. There’s a lot of mortar in a mall. Books were cheaper in the mall. Remember what a happy day it was when Barney and Nobility came to town. The mall was getting a little shabby, anyway. I wonder what ever happened to Mom and Pop.

What about groceries? Mom and Pop’s Corner Market is gone. Safeday and Royalty Sooper moved to town. More brick, more mortar! Safeday and Royalty Soopers seemed small. Too bad for them, Wally’s has lots more bricks and mortar. I know, let’s make Safeday and Royalty Soopers bigger. “Has anyone seen Mom and Pop? They were so nice”!

Hey, have you bought in hardware, lately? If you want it really cheap, don’t go down to the corner. The corner store can’t sell it as cheap as The Orange Depot or Blue Store. The Orange Depot and Blue Store may not actually sell anything made in America, but they sell it in America so that’s OK. And they sponsor race cars. I would buy from the store on the corner if they had a race car. Then I could justify spending a little more.

“Hey Pop, last time I saw you was in the record store. When did you start working here at The Orange Depot? Looks like you’ve dropped a few pounds. It’s really nice to see you again.”

I read something is huffing and puffing blowing down the brick and mortar at Barney and Nobility, Wally’s and Red Circle Store? Just what is this We should plan a road trip there. I guess you get stuff really cheap there. Maybe Mom could get a job there. I wonder what town it is in.

Oh crap, Elaine just pushed me off the soapbox.

Hey Jon, buy local!

Our crazy lives!


PS Ivy loves iTunes and being able to buy one song. I have an iPod. So does Elaine

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