Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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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