I hate shopping malls. No, you don't understand. I really hate shopping
malls. I think sitting at the Food Court near the Burger King for one hour has
served only to heighten my displeasure with these gaudy monstrosities. The only
reason I'm here is because nothing else in the town of Poughkeepsie, NY. seems
to catch my interest long enough for me to take notice.
I got here noon-ish I think. I had to take a taxi since none of my non-
pedestrian friends were willing to roll out of bed to give me a ride. "You're
waking me up why? The Mall? You insane?" *click*. If there is anything in
Poughkeepsie worse than the mall, it would be Poughkeepsie taxi cabs. I never
understood why it is that each and every one of them have air freshners which
are so putrid smelling, they make one long for the odor of a New York City
cabbie's "natural cologne". After enduring ten minutes of the cabbie's "lemme
tell ya what's wrong with this country", I finally get to my destination.
As soon as I got there, I began to think about how sad it is that the
mall has very much become a part of American life. The Chinese have their rice,
we have our malls. Does anyone else see a problem with having over one-thousand
of these gaudy monstrosities across the country? Despite the fact that the era
of eighties-decadence has passed, the malls keep coming, and they keep getting
bigger. It's like something out of an Ed Wood flick.
I remember reading an article about how bad it's gotten. The largest
mall in America has 425 retail shops, 4.2 million square feet of space, over 13
thousand free parking spaces, 44 escalators, and cost $625 million dollars to
build. Oh, did I mention that there is a full blown amusement park in the center
of it all. It's just sick. When I was in Freeport, I remember hearing a radio
show which was running a contest. The prize? A trip to the largest mall in
America! Pretty soon, you'll have family vacations to the mall. I can see it now.
A room at the Hilton (which will be inside the mall of course). Dad goes
Herman's. Mom goes to Ann Taylor. The kids romp at the amusement park. A piece
out of Norman Rockwell's Americana.
When I went inside, I became dizzy at the sight ...
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... anything. It seems
like such a tease. The kid is going to want to buy something, whether it's a new
Sega game or a Matchbox car. Eventually, the woman relents and buys the sought
after item. For the moment, the kid is satiated.
Three boys, no more than fifteen years of age, walk into the food court.
Their pants are sagging, caps turned backwards. They approach the counter at the
Burger King and mull over what they're having. While ordering, they find time to
hit on the cashier. She's older, and most likely out of their league, but that
doesn't deter their efforts. She gives them an annoyed smile and requests the
cash. They oblige and thrown in a last ditch effort to woo her. She smiles
politely. The boys walk away, joshing each other about their valiant attempts.
As they walk away, I've feel as though I've absorbed enough culture for
one afternoon. I feel relieved to be able to go home. Once back on the safer
confines of Vassar campus, I breathe a sigh of relief. It's premature though,
because deep down I know. Somehow, some way, no matter how much I don't want to,
I'll wind up at the Poughkeepsie Galleria soon enough.
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