There’s a site called Dead Malls devoted to malls, some still alive, but most of them are dead.
You can search by location or mall name. It’s fascinating to go back and read up on the places we spent so much time.
In Buffalo as a kid, I frequented:
Eastern Hills Mall, a site for regular Saturday night outings for my family in the early to mid 70’s … has apparently undergone a renaissance. It was billed as the biggest mall of all when it opened in 1971, although I’m not sure how much of that was local chauvinism. I moved away from Buffalo in 1989, and I haven’t been in this mall since 2002 or 2003, but it seemed OK then.
Boulevard Mall had a little more upscale, old money (if there’s such a thing in the suburbs), reputation. I think I went there some time in the 90’s, and wasn’t impressed. It also is apparently thriving.
Seneca Mall was a place I went a few times when very young (my grandmother lived in that area until 1972). It’s apparently a rubble pile now.
Main Place Mall was downtown, and I went there very occasionally — mostly once I had my driver’s license and happened to be downtown. It’s still going. People from the suburbs go downtown in Buffalo arguably less than any other metropolitan area. I stayed in a hotel not far from this mall for over a week last year, and it never occurred to me to check it out.
I was also talking with my mother last month about Chautauqua Mall. It’s not on the site either. It was the mall in what passed for the suburbs of Jamestown, the faltering city of 30K or so that anchored rural Chautauqua County. I haven’t been there in probably 35 years, but Chautauqua Mall is still open.
I lived in Tuscaloosa for a couple of years. University Mall is not listed in this webpage, but I heard it was damaged by the big tornado a few years ago. I have fond memories of McFarland Mall. It was down in the dumps 25 years ago, but even then there was a bar and a movie theatre there that I liked.
I also lived in Salt Lake City in 1991-2. I spent a lot of time at an urban mall named Trolley Square (built in the old streetcar barns). I loved that place: cool, upscale stores, a couple of good restaurants (especially an Italian place called … hmmm … Ferrantelli maybe), movies and bars. But I was there about 10 years ago, and it had gone downhill. And after that there was a mass shooting there.
We lived in New Orleans in the 90’s. There are some malls from there on the site, but none I ever went to much. I suppose just about all the malls there were killed by Katrina.
One point my wife and I emphasize to the vXkids is how unusual it is to grow up without a mall. We live in a small-ish city on I-15, and the nearest mall is about an hour away. And, it’s not much of a mall. We’ve been there about 5 times. It’s anchored by a Barnes and Noble now. We all enjoy that … but let’s face it … no one goes there to buy books anymore. We just test fly them before hitting the keyboard.
I always thought I was not a fan of disco (and I’m probably not). But back in 1998, when MP3s were new, and Napster didn’t yet exist (remember MP3Wolf and other programs), this was one of the first 100 or so songs I downloaded. At the time, I was only looking for things I didn’t own, and that you didn’t hear on the radio any more … one hit wonder sort of things.
Truth be told, that was also the time when the stores were filled with follow-ups to Big Mouth Billy Bass, and I’m pretty sure I heard “Rock the Boat” from a lobster in a drugstore that summer, for the first time in 20 years.
I’ve been doing Shangri-La for about 8 years now. I would not say it has been a complete success, but it stopped my middle-age weight gain dead in its tracks. I’ve been better at keeping the weight off when I 1) exercise consistently, and 2) avoid eating with (and like) my teen and tween kids.
At 49 I recognized that I was lactose-intolerant. When I started taking lactaid, I noticed the change in symptoms. This led to the epiphany that I’d had symptoms for a couple of decades that I didn’t know what to make of.
One of those symptoms was bloating.
The problem is, I’ve found that if I take lactaid … I actually eat more because there’s less bloating.
So right now I’m dealing with a very recent ballooning of my weight, and I need to get back down to my Shangri-La weight.
Steve ought to put together a Google Scholar page before his soon-to-be-former employer erases his scholarly presence from their sites … because … you know … it’s the employer that makes the scholar, not the scholars that make the university. Anyway, here’s what I found with a direct search for SH Karlson on Google Scholar.
Steve is the sole author of Cold Spring Shops. He’s made noises from time to time about giving up blogging. I’m one person who hopes he doesn’t. I’m sure there’s some double-counting involved, but Google says this blog linked to Cold Spring Shops 319 times over the last 10 years.
My wife has a funny personality quirk, and perhaps there’s now psychological support for how it works out in the end.
So here goes: she likes to argue at bedtime. Not even bedtime really … often at lights out, or 5-10 minutes after. She’s got something to get off her chest, and she’s going to do it.
I have no doubt that it annoys her greatly that I’m not usually game by that point in the day.
Anyway, that’s the skinny. But I’m not really interested in that.
What I am interested in is that, almost always, after a good fight … she falls deeply asleep rather quickly.
This is interesting because she has quite a lot of trouble falling asleep most other nights. And it’s important to me: I’d wish her a good night’s sleep no matter what went on the day before.
And it really doesn’t seem to matter much what I do: argue back, respond passively, concede defeat, even just roll over and say I’m tired and I can’t do this right now. If she comes to a boil, she falls asleep afterwards. If she doesn’t come to a boil, her sleep pattern is more normal (and not that great in the way that is common for people in middlle-age).
This behavior extends to anxiety as well. If she’s anxious at night, and can’t sleep … she’ll often fall asleep after some emotional outburst at, say, the neighbor’s dog, or the TV.
So now, there’s new research showing that if you have performance anxiety, the advice to calm down and focus really isn’t helpful. Instead, you need to pump yourself up emotionally.
… Author Alison Wood Brooks, PhD, of Harvard Business School. ‘When people feel anxious and try to calm down, they are thinking about all the things that could go badly. When they are excited, they are thinking about how things could go well.’
‘When you feel anxious, you're ruminating too much and focusing on potential threats,’ she said. ‘In those circumstances, people should try to focus on the potential opportunities. It really does pay to be positive, and people should say they are excited. Even if they don't believe it at first, saying 'I'm excited' out loud increases authentic feelings of excitement.’
What I wonder, is if the excitement of the argument helps counteract the excitement associated with her anxiety? How else can I explain that sometimes she comes to bed pumped up (about me, about the kids, or whatever), and that when she pumps it up even further, she sleeps well?
Article: "Get Excited: Reappraising Pre-Performance Anxiety as Excitement," Alison Wood Brooks, PhD, Harvard Business School; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, online.
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The vXboy is 14 now, and decent at math. A couple of weeks ago he asked me to explain triangulation. I started with “Have they taught you sine and cosine?” He’d never heard of them. I’m not sure he understands triangulation, distance estimation, depth perception, or any of the related topics.
As part of the same discussion, I asked him if he knew how to use a compass to determine a baseline. Nada.
FWIW: Several years ago I was told that my state’s math curriculum eliminated the topic of commutativity. You know, that 3 times 4 is the same as 4 times 3. This has repeatedly created problems for college students in my classes (in fact, a marketing professor down the hall felt that one of our “brighter” students actually became abusive because he was so certain that commutativity did not hold – that student later got an MBA from us).
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