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When i was younger, i used to go the mall all of the time. on a weekly basis. It was mainly to play in the king of prussia mall arcade. At the time it was called "Space Port", though it eventually changed to "Tilt" which still exists today.

I know quite a few people that treat the mall like computer programming.

10 Determine products to buy
15 Put products on checklist
20 Drive to mall
25 Go to specified stores
30 Buy
35 checklist=checklist-1
40 If checklist=0 then 45 else 25
45 Leave mall
50 Drive home
60 end
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For me, the atmosphere of the mall was always one i would enjoy. I'd go and spend hours at a time there wandering back and forth between the arcade, video game stores, music stores, and book stores. And if i saw something interesting, i wouldn't hesitate to stop and look around in a random store.

Today, I went to the Valley River Center, and i forgot how much i enjoyed walking through the mall. Yeah, there was one thing i was looking specifically to buy, but there were other things on my "maybe" list, and i took the time to go to stores on my maybe list and browse, and i also walked around the whole mall just to see if there were any stores that would catch my eye. Because of this, i found out that at the Suncoast Video, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force DVD sold out in 3 hours of release there. I guess more people like ATHF than i thought, and even though the information might be useless, it's still information i like knowing, even if i forget it later on.

Plus, there's the people. I enjoy being in a large crowd of people that are all there for incredibly different purposes. It's almost like the airport except less diverse.

I might go up to the Lloyd Center in Portland on friday because KeeL might be coming into town, and it would be cool to hang out with him again. We'll see what happens, though. I still have somet stuff to get done by monday.

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dr4b
Nov. 25th, 2003 05:20 pm (UTC)
please do go to Portland on Friday! I will be in Portland on thurs-fri, and I want to go play DDR with people on Friday afternoon, or just hang out with whoever. I was going to go to Avalon, but I can be easily convinced to go somewhere else (I was even thinking I might call Kyle tonight to find out what he's up to. We actually first met in Portland at Avalon last thanksgiving, which led me to think he was a Portland guy forever)...

nothing is quite like the KOP mall in terms of just being so impossibly huge and overwhelming. Of course, my mall as a kid was Neshaminy. I went to an arcade at Roosevelt mall in middle school though, and then Franklin Mills in highschool, and then The Gallery, and that's where I still go when I'm in Philly because it's nearby.

I always hung out in the bookstores. Still do :)
lifeofmendel
Nov. 25th, 2003 05:34 pm (UTC)
avalon is within walking distance of my bro's place, so that might be a good place to go. talk to kyle, see what he's all about. my schedule on friday as far as i'm concerned is pretty flex.

Remember gene's books? Is that still there? i hope so.

unfortunately i'm not into books as much as i used to be. I still like reading, but i'm not so into trying out a book to see if i'd like it as much finding a book by an author i already know about.

and i remember franklin mills. i had a cousin that lived around there. i remember when they had that big bowling alley. that was cool.

anyway... gotta run. playing a concert tonight. email me maybe about friday plans.
dr4b
Nov. 25th, 2003 05:45 pm (UTC)
yeah. well, so the thing is, on friday, my Eli will be going to Powell's Bookstore for pretty much all day. The other times we've gone to Portland, I've gone with him to Powell's for about 1-2 hours, then I'd go to Avalon to play DDR, and find him again at Powell's 4-5 hours later. (No joke, he really can happily spend 8 hours at Powell's.) So I'm kinda planning on the same thing this trip. I know how to drive to Avalon from Powell's, and I've been to the Lloyd Center but I think I took the MAX there.

gene's books? i'm not sure...

I love to read, but yeah, I don't really experiment much anymore either. Depends on the genre; with sci-fi/fantasy I pretty much just stick to known entities, for example. I've been reading a lot of baseball books lately, mostly from friends' recommendations.

i LOVED the bowling alley at Franklin Mills. My brother and I would go there for their weekend afternoon "$15 for 3 hours" lane deal and bowl and bowl and bowl. Then we'd waste time at the arcade until my dad came to pick us up. Those were good times.

yay! I will email you. I just emailed Kyle. Would be great if we could get Tyler to come up to Portland too, and if maybe I could track down the elusive DannyCat, who I liked talking to on IRC but have never met.
catbus
Nov. 25th, 2003 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm, Space Port sounds like a way cooler name than Tilt.

Sounds like Friday's a good day to hang out at Avalon, looks like :) I haven't been there in a while and it would be fun. Tho I really don't like the pads (they're not very good), but I need to learn to adjust to machines anyway. Jfyi, I've been playing at Beaverton Wunderland mostly, which I like.

We shall see... T_T And if I do, I'll be sure to bring Jason.
lifeofmendel
Nov. 26th, 2003 06:03 pm (UTC)
it looks like at least me and deanna are going to be at the 'lon in the afternoon, starting maybe around 2pm.... we might shift over to Lloyd eventually depending on what Kyle is all about. He might end up being just at Lloyd, which'll means we'd meet up with him later.

not sure how flexible you two are in terms of schedule or transport... we'll play it by ear.
platypi25
Nov. 25th, 2003 11:43 pm (UTC)
Gene's Books...
...unfortunately no longer exists at the KOP mall. I dunno if you know this, but JR used to work there...Thatd be pretty odd if youd seen him there before you knew him, eh? He worked in the porn section, I dunno how often you were in there, but he always had good stories
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