November 21st, 2007

Autobomb

Life, and all its stores

Yesterday, I went to my mom's house for lunch. On the way, I stopped by the King of Prussia Mall to buy some tickets. The lady who was working the ticket counter had never actually done any ticket selling before, and she had to call someone on the phone to walk her through the whole process. I get the feeling that they don't think they need to staff the Ticketmaster outlet whenever it's open, because not that many people buy tickets there. I think it's actually cheaper to get them from there than to use Ticketmaster online, though.

I didn't do anything else at the mall, since I figured I was running late (although it actually turned out my mom was running even later), and I don't usually like to shop for much other than auditory and visual media (which are often cheaper to order online anyway) and food (which, since I was having lunch at my mom's, I had no need for). I believe that mall is (or at least was) the second biggest in the country, but every time I go there I think of things it used to have that it no longer does, including:

  • A display of flags in the elevator area, including the Gadsden flag
  • Olga's, a fast food place that served what I think were actually lamb pitas, although they just called them Olgas
  • One Potato Two, which was apparently in other malls as well. I've never been too keen on potatoes, but other people in my family liked them, so I remember going there a few times. They had a picture of dancing potatoes hanging on their wall.
  • Some place that sold corn dogs, unless that was actually at another mall and I'm conflating my memories. The name "Das Dawg Haus" sounds familiar, but that might have actually been a place at Busch Gardens in Virginia. I don't think I've had a corn dog since college.
  • The ramp that I used to run up and down. When I was a kid, I probably figured the whole purpose of this ramp was for kids to run up and down; I didn't think of wheelchairs or anything. If I remember correctly, the ramp was outside Gimbels, which of course is long gone. I think they might have taken out the ramp when they put in an elevator.
  • Bamberger's, an anchor store that I only really remember because I wrote and drew a little book about losing Mommy at Bamberger's (which was based on a true story). I think it might have become a Macy's, and that was the first time I'd heard of Macy's, which implies I hadn't been watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Now, however, they have stores with names like "Diesel" and "Juicy Couture." Now THOSE sound really classy, don't they?

My mom made me a ham and Swiss cheese quiche and a spice cake, two things I always enjoy. And then, after going on a walk around my old hometown, I drove back home. I used to drive between my mom's house and the area where I live now quite often, and now I wonder how I managed to do that so often.
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