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Rambling Once More

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Professor Gloom
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0 posted 03-01-2013 07:31 AM       View Profile for Professor Gloom   Email Professor Gloom   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Professor Gloom's Home Page   View IP for Professor Gloom


Pardon me for a moment, yes I know, you are busy, but I’ll try to keep it short for I know what a strain it is on the time of the individual to find the time to do almost anything.  Which brings me to that which I was to ramble about, time to do things.  Just yesterday I went to The mall, I call this one The mall because it is starting to eclipse all others in the area in importance.  Not because of the great prices, but because of the casino nearly attached to The Mall.  Nearly attached because there is about a twenty foot gap between the buildings, which would allow the rain to wet gamblers as the exited to go into the mall ( there is a covered walkway to the casino’s multi level garage, but that’s not part of The mall).  Now I am not much of a mall denizen, usually going just to attack, acquire, and escape in the least amount of time, but it was early.  So after walking the great loop of stores yet to open, wandered out to the casino ( wasn’t raining so it was a dry walk).  Flashing lights, ringing bells, and rows and rows of machines of various sorts assaulted the senses.  As I was walking amidst the flashing and ringing, I noticed two things.  Most of the people there ( it runs 24/7 now)  look to be the very people that could least afford to be fleeced from their money.  The second was the lack of orientation.  Now I’m sure that great care and massive money was used in the design, but it seems to be to rid the player of their sense of surroundings.  Most places I go into have easy to see exits, but although there were plenty of them you could easily walk right by without noticing.  Moth-like drawn to the next set of flashing lights (golly gee, these lights are green, red and blue, while the others were just red and yellow).   There also are no clocks.  Luckily there are high end food eateries within the casino complex and The mall food court just out those doors ( or are those a different set of doors?) with cheaper expensive food.  The mall has more jewelry stores than I remember.  I was sitting calmly on one of the few benches in The mall just watching the thin crowd mill about mostly window shopping.  I often get quick glances as they go by, I figure it is the stillness compared to the action around me.  I am a rock in a small river of people.  I remember the past and enjoyed a calmer existence.  Before the malls were stores along the road.  A hardware store ( translate that to Home Improvement now), a grocery store that sold (gasp) only food items, A liquor store next to the dairy store next to a pharmacy, and a clothes store or two; these were distinct places.  These were local places and as a kid I could walk to all of them in 10 or 15 minutes.  Choices were fewer, but fewer things were made.
Oh, I was going to make this quick,
Then let me quote “Slow down, you’re moving too fast now” Sifarkle

Gloom
OBTW I totally understand if you don’t have time to read and respond,
why I barely had time to write it.

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Victoria
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1 posted 03-01-2013 06:42 PM       View Profile for Victoria   Email Victoria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Victoria

Hi PG...I enjoyed reading your day at the mall mainly because I do not shop at malls anymore...I only shop online...and I don't go to casino's anymore...I used to love them.But after reading about all the bedbugs in the Atlantic City casinos it turned me off from our little trips there.
I grew up in a small city where I lived about three blocks from all the stores and movies and anything I wanted was just a hop skip and a jump away.If one wants to people watch or walk for exercise it is a great place to visit.I take the easy way out...I use a treadmill ha..
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2 posted 03-01-2013 07:24 PM       View Profile for Duck1946   Email Duck1946   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Duck1946

Excellent observations professor.
You could have been a dective.
Professor Gloom
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3 posted 03-02-2013 05:33 AM       View Profile for Professor Gloom   Email Professor Gloom   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Professor Gloom's Home Page   View IP for Professor Gloom

Thank you both,
Long ago I stopped posting here for recognition of any hope of skills,
I observe and write, occasional posting.
It is a pleasure that you enjoyed.

Gloom
miscellanea
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4 posted 03-07-2013 10:16 PM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

Enjoyed the observations, Prof.   It brought back a time when I went to a casino.   A special time.   Yep.    Still, I prefer the slower times.

Liked those lyrics, too.  Good to read you again, my friend.  

Misc

JamesMichael
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5 posted 03-12-2013 10:32 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Nice writing...I love walking in the mall because of all the action...watch out when a woman wants to walk in the mall with you, its usually a pretense to shopping...ha, ha...James
Namyh
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6 posted 08-08-2013 08:03 PM       View Profile for Namyh   Email Namyh   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Namyh

Prof. Gloom - I enjoyed your observations of the people and the environment they ramble in and out of. I grew up in a big city of rambling people. It just seemed so much slower then and a lot more fun. Time seems to gobble up life and the people who live it. What the heck! I'm going rambling anyway. Thanks for the memories this provoked PG. Namyh
 
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