When all the major video store chains were going out of business, I decided it was a good idea to open up my own video store. Sounds stupid now, I guess, but at the time it felt smart. By visiting several major video rental outlets during their liquidation sales I was able to purchase a store’s worth of inventory for a song. I found a small but adequate space to rent and set up my shop, which I called Go Video. It didn’t last long, but I must say I loved the challenges and rewards of being a business owner, even during that winter week when the furnace broke. It was very snowy out during that whole month, so I had been running the heating in the store a lot more than usual. I don’t know what happened, but one of the air ducts cracked, and suddenly heating was pouring into the back bathroom and nowhere else. I couldn’t afford to close up shop, and after an inspection from the HVAC repair technician I knew I couldn’t afford to fix it for at least a week. I had to get creative to work around this heating issue, because no one would want to come into a store with freezing temperatures. So for the next week I let people call me from the toasty warmth of their heated homes and request a movie. I would turn on the heater in my car and deliver it to them, which was dangerous but kept my business going. The next week I was able to get the furnace repaired.