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Lunch at the Mall - Mark's Journal
Lunch at the Mall
Heading to the mall on the Sunday before Christmas for lunch seemed like a cataclysmically bad idea, but I decided to brave it, knowing I'd get to see a few folks who were gathering for "The Day the Earth Stood Still," and knowing I needed to pick up a T-6 torx screwdriver, anyway. The parking lot was fuller than usual, as was the food court, even at 1:30 after you'd expect the lunch rush to be over, but all in all, I thought the mall was surprisingly mellow. Not in a "Yikes, no one's spending money" sort of way, but in a "Hey, no one's being a manic, entitled jerk" sort of way.

The two people I was expecting to see there for the movie weren't there, but I enjoyed lunching with Alan and Will. Tragically, I failed my saving throw on the third-slice-of-pizza impulse, but the guy at the register when I headed back said "You work here, right?" and gave me the super-seekrit mall-staff discount.

Mali UromastyxI'd already seen the movie on opening night, so as curtain time rolled around, I bid Alan and Will farewell, and continued on to the shopping phase of the visit. The crowds in the corridors notwithstanding, Sears was nearly dead, and it took me just a few minutes to find the handy set of tiny screwdrivers that included the size-0 Phillips head and the T-6 that I knew I'd need, along with a few tiny flathead bits, and check out. I Twittered a picture of the item in question, and my iPhone's location feature decided I was in San Diego! It was fun, briefly, looking at Twinkle's "nearby" tab and reading what people were up to in warm, sunny California, from eating breakfast to preparing for the Chargers game.

On the way back to my car, I stopped in Pampered Pets to visit the baby snakes and other fun exotic critters, and snapped pictures of the curious and friendly baby Mali Uromastyx (at right) and a cute green iguana. The snakes were mostly hiding, though one of the baby corn snakes had left a nice shed draped across most of the tank.

Speaking of movies, high on my list for the coming weeks are "Milk" and "Spirit," and I may also try to see "Valkyrie" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." If any of you are interested in a traditional Chinese-food-and-movie Christmas, let me know!
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jccohen From: jccohen Date: December 22nd, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
We had an entitled jerk Saturday. We were literally at a table with our stuff on it when a guy just say down and started eating his pizza. I know he'd been looking for a table for a bit but still... sheesh.

Another table opened up next to us though so we grabbed that.
sunnycrittenden From: sunnycrittenden Date: December 22nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww I used to have a uromastyx. His name was Pokey and he looked just like that one. :o) I miss him, he was the coolest. They're vegetarians, y'know! One of the only kinds of leezards that are. They'll eat crickets if you offer them, supposedly, but Pokey just ignored them when I tried and I'd have to recapture them and feed them to Fluffy the chameleon.

One day, when I can drive myself to a pet store and afford the supplies, I'll have leezards again. *sigh*
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 22nd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was having fun reading about Uros, who apparently like leafy greens high in calcium, and shouldn't be fed lettuce, because it has such low nutritive value! This guy looked really friendly. I'm often tempted to pick up another snake or a fun reptile when I'm at the store, but Charlie seems like plenty for now.
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mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 22nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Safe travels!
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aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: December 23rd, 2008 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)


We're planning on going to the afternoon matinee of Button, on xmas day, which I think is around 2-pm-ish zone. Weather permitting, of course !

Maybe we'll see you there ?

fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: December 23rd, 2008 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
How was the movie, nugget? I think EW gave it a bad review.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: December 23rd, 2008 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

I wasn't quite as blown away as Orson Scott Card apparently was, but I did think "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was a good movie that worked quite well as a 2008 "Oh no, the aliens want to kill us all" picture, without the context of the 1951 original.
lilly9999 From: lilly9999 Date: December 24th, 2008 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
We're seeing it today. Of course it meant watching the original first yesterday. My parents are such sci-fi geeks. I love them! :)
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