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It's a beautiful morning ...

So I got home from the office about 8:30 last night, dumped the bag containing all the stuff I lug back and forth every day to keep myself occupied on the bus during my (roughly) 3-hour roundtrip commute  (yesterday's contents:  The New York Times, The Financial Times, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Beginning French for the Utterly Confused -- don't laugh at the title, this is one of the best beginning language books I've ever used), fed Chloe the cat, and then walked across the street to my local Barnes & Noble bookseller to see if they had Oz Season 4 in stock.  Checked the DVD New Release table.  Nada.  Checked the "Television Shows" section.  Rien.  Was about to walk out of the Music/DVD room in disappointment when a salesclerk asked if I needed any help.  Here's our conversation:

Him (maybe 22, with a scraggly mustache/wispy beard clearly meant to make him look older):  May I help you?

Me (considerably older than 22):  I was wondering if you have the Oz Season 4 DVDs.  They were supposed to be released today.

Him:  Yes, we have it.  It's one of the things we keep under the counter.  Did you want to buy it?

 Me:  (Bemused)  Yes, I do.

So he literally reached under the counter, pulled out a shrinkwapped package, and handed it to me.  I paid and walked out of the store, the latest proud owner of Season 4.

Now, what struck me the most about our little exchange was the whole "under the counter" thing.  That's what stores do with porn magazines to keep them out of the hands of kids.  That I understand.  Magazines can be flipped through and things not intended for young eyes can be seen.  But a shrinkwrapped, tastefully packaged DVD?  Does this make sense to anyone?  Now I'm starting to wonder what else they hide away under the counter ...

I'm very excited to have the DVDs, even though I won't be able to start watching them until this weekend.  For me, who hasn't seen any Oz beyond the New Year's Eve kiss, it's like oz_magi morning all over again.  I know everyone who's seen the show is excited about the deleted scenes on this DVD set; multiply that excitement level by at least a factor of 16 and you'll get an idea of how I'm feeling today.

I don't even mind being at the office.  :-))))

Comments

sayhla
Feb. 3rd, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
season 4
you lucky thing! I'm totally tapped for cash right now and it's still not available in Canada yet, at least not in any of the stores near me, so i'll sadly have to wait but until then i send you good OZy vibes! Maybe they keep it under the counter because a lot of people were lifting it - as in stealing - so it's like a preventitive measure. I'd love to walk into a gay porn shop and ask for OZ, that's just seems very ammusing to me, but then i'm a weird kind of girl so whatever :)
cheers,
bree
( I seem to be making a lot of strange rambly comments today, I wonder why )
aswanargent
Feb. 3rd, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: season 4
For some reason LJ didn't notify me about your comment ... wonder what's going on?

Season 4 Oz actually cost less than I expected. Barnes & Noble had it discounted by 10%, and then with my 10% Reader's Advantage discount on top of that I ended up paying only about $56. I just paid $100 for Season 1 Carnivàle (12 episodes).