Mall walking

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During my first year at Texas A&M University I lived on campus. Sadly, the two dorms I lived in, Moore Hall and Puryear Hall, were destroyed several years ago in the name of progress, i.e., bigger, more beautiful, more progressive dorms.

During my second year, I moved off campus into an apartment that was, at the time, way out in the boondocks. Fortunately, my bicycle found a back roads shortcut to campus.

I lived out in the boondocks for my remaining years of college. After graduation I spent five years in Houston before moving back to College Station where I bought a duplex in the same boondocks. However, that area was no longer the boondocks. With several new apartment complexes, sorority row with 12 sorority houses, and the new Post Oak Mall, it was pretty much the center of non-campus activity.

Post Oak Mall stores didn’t open until 10:00 a.m. but the mall itself was open at 7:00 a.m. for the Post Oak Mall Walkers, of which I was one, probably the youngest one.

I still like to walk malls, but I do it more now to get pictures rather than simply exercise.

Recently I walked one of San Diego’s largest and more beautiful malls. It was 8:00 a.m., and here are a few of the pictures I got:

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

University Towne Center, La Jolla, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

The mall in question was Westfield UTC in La Jolla. Those of us who have been here more than a few years still call it University Towne Center. It’s a great place to shop, a great place to eat, and, if you enjoy putting on ice skates and falling on your butt many times, a great place to go ice skating….

University Towne Center La Jolla

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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6 thoughts on “Mall walking

  1. Corinne Shields

    This is a super mall! Malls are like the new cathedrals aren’t they? And in the UK they are full to bursting on Sundays and the churches are practically empty. Given our weather they have been a huge hot and it keeps us shopping!

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      1. Corinne Shields

        You’re not wrong there! But what about the small independent shops. They are closing down in droves here and the town centres are full of empty shops or charity shops. They can’ compete withe malls and I am sure that tinned music has subliminal messages brainwashing us saying, Shoooop! Xx

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          It all comes down to money. I resisted for a long time but finally had to accept the fact that if I could buy something for $1 at the mall or $2 at the small independent shop……. Now the Internet has come along, and again I have resisted……… Progress is progress, though, and as much as we might not like it sometimes, eventually one has to go with the flow or sink. Now if we could just get to the point in Star Trek where money is no longer needed, where everyone is provided for–home, health, food………. Sadly, though, even as we saw in Star Trek, as long as there are humans, there will be the greedy ones, the bad ones, the unsociable ones………..

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