Insomniac Video, Cucumbers & Chocolate

October 14, 2008 My brother came to visit on his way to visit a local landmark, Insomniac Video, during one of its last days in business.  Over the span of a few years, I lived within 2-4 blocks (and 3 different houses) of this cellulose haven and it was a regular night back then to mosey down the street to find the weirdest, most off-beat movie we could find.  Insomniac is where my Drunken Master/Kung Fu phase was nurtured and allowed to run it's course (thankfully), and I discovered how great those old Betty Page movies are.  They were always game to find a weird title for you...A even remembers me writing "The Cat from Outer Space" on the request list one time...(trust me, it's great!)

Bob and the rest of the crew always had their flicks separated the way rental store should do it...by director, by genre, by actor, and the always interesting employees' picks.  This was also the original home of Stuff-O-Rama, where I would delight in paying mere pennies for a chinese lantern or a leopard-print light switch plate (She still does great business on the Internet...check it out).

Insomniac was the place where true movie lovers and creative people of all kinds found what they couldn't find anywhere else (especially without the vastness of today's Internet.)...we found hidden gems, random inspiration, learned of things long forgotten and, like Bryce Wilson wrote in his New Times homage, "The Insomniac gave me that alternative, told me I wasn’t alone, taught me that 'different' didn’t mean 'bad'..."  I feel a twinge of guilt for not visiting more after I came back to California, and so did my brother (no doubt one of Bob's best customers for years!)  Bob is still doing his radio show, and I'll be adding more info about that soon.  Well, after an evening at Steamers, A traveled to SLO and say hi to one of his video mentors and took a few pics for me...

Oh...we did take a couple pics the night before.  Cucumber and Chocolate Martinis (two separate drinks...not together) and beer served in a glass so tall that even the Abominable Snowman would have trouble with it...

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