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Here comes the sun...

Well, I have been pushy enough. Day shift manager has relented to the one month swap of the night worker for the day walker. Starting monday I will be waking up at 5am to dress up nice and be seen by all the good people as a fine, upstanding, sun worshipping employee!!!! I am so excited. I will learn things. I will watch people on the metro. I will be grumpy while I adjust. And I will party on thursday nights, because I will have fridays off. This is a big deal! Maybe I will hate it. But it will be a fun change. Something tells me there will be slightly less livejournaling, which some people might rejoice about. This is welcome news after I walked in here to have A) a swing shift guy chew me out for a BOLD 20 point font email he recieved from a coworker of mine in regards to some piddly policy the swing shift guy refused to follow, B) my computer reboot twice without my permission due to helpdesk software pushes, and C) some eng work that was supposed to happen over the next few weeks suddenly pushed up do that it all happened tonight.

Prior to all this lilmymble and cheetahmaster kindly opened their home to our sad comcast-deprived household so we could see Lex get some therapy and Clark toss a tractor in Perry White's face. (Yay Michael Mckean!) Some stuff happened on Angel too, but I wasn't paying attention because I could not possibly care less. Also - thanks nostradomnatrix for calling! It was neat to hear from you. I have some pictures I have been taking around the area on my digital camera, and if my computer is working when I get home today I will try to post them. I was remembering, driving around laurel earlier tonight, the first time I saw the giant tent-like structures in front of laurel mall. It was years and years before I even considered moving to MD; I don't remember what I was doing there that day, but I remember being really impressed by the tenty things. Now it seems like such a sad place. Last week while wig shopping, tzel and I were in the dollar store in forlorn laurel mall - a possibly crazy old man was mouthing off to the proprietor about how they were going to tear this sorry thing down, and build a new mall over on contee. Truth be told, I kind of like the shabby little mall for its shabbiness.



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Oct. 30th, 2003 05:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, they're going to rip out a bunch of trees and make worse an already awful intersection by putting a mall at Contee and Rte. 1.

It sucks. Half those malls on the southbound side of 1 are at 60% capacity. The last thing Laurel needs is more commercial space.
Oct. 30th, 2003 05:33 am (UTC)
are they still talking about a borders there? or was it barnes & noble? i'd love to have a good bookstore here, but that's a horrible location for a shopping center. contee road just gets worse & worse west of rte. 1. they won't be happy till they've paved over the entire baltimore-washington corridor. :(
Oct. 30th, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, you know, despite the desperate pleas to the heavens I have made for a better bookstore in Laurel than the annoying Books-A-Million, I would still have mixed feelings about one going in there.
Oct. 30th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC)
BAM is a step down from Crown, which i actually enjoyed. (books cost too much in washington...) it'd be great not to have to drive to columbia or bowie for a really nice browse. but as you say, that location is just so bad. i was sitting at the intersection today, preparing to turn left onto contee from rte. 1 southbound, as always in fear because of the narrowness of that turn lane, and i thought (not for the first time) -- they want to put a plaza/mall *there*? idiots!
Oct. 30th, 2003 02:14 pm (UTC)
That's just... brilliant. Have they noticed the wreck that is the Marlo shopping center?? I share in your hate for the zoning board.
Oct. 30th, 2003 05:31 am (UTC)
the mall has gone downhill so badly since they built it back in, what, the 80s? first it was all done up in brown wood, for a dark and not-welcoming look. so they redid it in mirrory surfaces, and then again. meanwhile it continued to decline. i was there yesterday dodging the kiosk people. the hecht's is in poor shape, even. but i'm glad it's there. i'm definitely outclassed up at the columbia mall! ;)
Oct. 30th, 2003 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, that Hecht's is the worst one I've ever seen.

Whenever I go to Laurel Mall, I always feel this kind of proprietary vibe about it, like the people who work there and frequent it love it despite its shortcomings. But that's probably all in my head.

Columbia Mall is ... yeah. I end up going there but I always feel out of place.
Oct. 30th, 2003 05:55 am (UTC)
Eeee, dayshift! That's awesome. How did you work it so you'd have Fridays off?
Oct. 30th, 2003 02:19 pm (UTC)
It will actually be Sunday through Thursday, however this week I wanted to start on Monday so it will be Monday through Friday. I will be out of the house before you even wake up.
Oct. 30th, 2003 08:08 am (UTC)
I will be waking up at 5am to dress up nice and be seen by all the good people as a fine, upstanding, sun worshipping employee!!!!

You think they're that easy to fool? *ducking & running*


Oct. 30th, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC)
You think I'll actually manage to dress up nice? :) Hehehe.

Thanks :)
Oct. 30th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
Yay day shift!
Oct. 30th, 2003 12:14 pm (UTC)
I love Laurel Mall. It's like the mad cousin locked in the attic no one talks about. Sure, I took my genuine family heirloom pocket watch there to get cleaned and the place closed up on me after keeping my watch for two months. Another month passes and I have to go to Security Mall up near Baltimore to retrieve the now-repaired watch and discover that Security is now much like a steroidal version of Laurel Mall.

Word is, that the new Contee shopping center will have some breed of grocery store as it's big deal store. I've heard rumors that both Fresh Fields and Whole Foods (are they still separate?) have turned down the site. Otherwise looks like another nail salon ghetto.

Laurel Mall dates to sometime in the late 70's I think. I first set foot in it around 1986. It was then a dead ringer for the Fredericktowne Mall, which I used to work at in Frederick. Fredericktowne Mall dates to the mid-70's at least. It was there when I moved to Frederick in 1976. The malls were then owned by one of the Lasky brothers. The two brothers and their dad used to sell each other their mall companies every four or five years for tax purposes.
Oct. 30th, 2003 01:11 pm (UTC)
From what I understand, Fresh Fields at least has sort of avoided PG County like the Plague. Also if PG was gonna get one o' them fancy-schmancy grocery stores, I bet you dollars to donuts it'd wind up in Bowie, probably at their stupid, ill-conceived outdoor "Town Center." Or whatever it's called.

Laurel Mall hasn't changed significantly, in my memory, in over 20 years. Not cosmetically at least. When I was a kid, it was the closest mall/place with big department stores. Then eventually we started going to Annapolis Mall, which is a gleaming showplace now but used to be just as ratty as Laurel Mall has sort of always been.
Oct. 30th, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)
Hrm... perhaps a Harris Teeter?

I am disappointed in Fresh Fields and Whole Foods then, although, they probably have the right idea, from a ruthless business kind of standpoint.

Honestly, I think the reason I love Laurel so much is that it is very, very much like an area back in my hometown of Norfolk along Military Highway. There is a 70s era mall and half-empty shopping centers and the road is inadequate (parallel between Military Hwy and Rt 1) and there is alot of industrial complex type stuff sneaking around nearby. So in a way, that sort of sad shopworn feeling is like home to me.

My dad always used to say that a nail/tanning salon was the death knell for a strip mall; of course that was up until they pretty much came along with every strip mall that popped up.
Oct. 30th, 2003 03:11 pm (UTC)
You know, if anyone like to go to a post office to the sound of your own echoed footsteps, past a nail salon that makes the whole hallway smell like oven cleaner, and then have your package refused due to ever-mutable post office restrictions, I recommend the Laurel Mall post office.

I will say to its credit, it is open past six weekdays except Monday.
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