So, About Today’s Video

I like Macklemore, the personality, more than I like his music. It’s not that I dislike Macklemore’s music – it’s just that it doesn’t speak to me or my life. So, today’s “Video Tuesday” might seem like a puzzling choice to those who know me.

I was going to post a link to the blog post from the day “Corner Store” was filmed. It would explain why I chose this video, but I couldn’t find the post. I eventually discovered that I had written the story on Facebook, but hadn’t written a blog post. I have no idea why I did it like that. WordPress is my medium for story telling, not Facebook.

Here’s what I posted to Facebook on December 12, 2017:

So we walked over to Summit Foods this evening, to buy some Diet Coke. There were several panel trucks, and one black VIP-style SUV, on the street. Someone was setting a catering tray on the corner. There were a lot of people standing around, including one fellow in “old man” makeup. We started to walk in, and a guy told us, in a friendly manner, that the store was closed. I asked what was going on. He said they were filming a commercial. We don’t think it was a commercial. (Is Macklemore filming a new video??)

It was actually Phillip who came up with the believable theory that Macklemore was filming a video. It was also Phillip who theorized that the fellow in obviously fake “old man” makeup who said “Hey, fellas Evening, gentlemen” as he rushed past us, was Macklemore himself. (Edited)

Phillip later confirmed with the store owner that it was, indeed, a Macklemore video being filmed that evening. (The store owner, by the way, looks nothing like Macklemore in “old man” makeup.)

I was bouncing around YouTube last night, when Macklemore’s “Corner Store” video showed up as suggested for me. Phillip had been right about everything.

We like our corner store. The family that runs it is always friendly and helpful. It has a good selection of just about everything except fresh produce. It has a very good selection of micro brewery beers.

Phillip especially likes our corner store, because it is the only place in our neighborhood, including QFC and Rite Aid, that sells Caffeine Free Diet Coke.

My not-serious theory that night was that it really was a commercial – a commercial for Caffeine Free Diet Coke.

That night, after we were shooed away from Summit Foods, we walked over to Thomas Market and bought regular (caffeinated) Diet Coke. This is why Phillip says that Macklemore owes him a Caffeine Free Diet Coke.

So, in past and future blog posts, when I mention going over to the corner store, you will know what the place looks like.

As for the rest of the video, I don’t recognize the park or the alley, but I recognize the lights behind the security officers’ heads as the Rite Aid on the corner of Broadway and John. (The building was a movie theater before it was a drug store. The marquee was left in place for the preservation of history.)

Decades ago, the street I lived on was blocked off by a movie crew. As I walked home one evening, I saw Gene Hackman sitting on the stoop of an apartment building two buildings from mine. I learned, later, that it was the movie Twice in a Lifetime. I used to say that that was my only brush with celebrity. Now I know that Macklemore once said “Hey, fellas Evening, gentlemen” to us.

(Edit: Phillip says he remembers the quote as “Evening, gentlemen”. I’ll trust his recollection. I was talking to the guy at the door, who was telling me they were filming a commercial, when the “old man” passed behind me, and in front of Phillip. I was more distracted than Phillip was.)

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