Joyanna Adams

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America–Smoke a Joint and Shop Online. Welcome to the New Millennium

Nobody Wins

I TRY not to watch it but they put it on TV when you least expect it: By that I mean, something that I consider almost as bad as getting the latest virus: I’m talking about Obama’s weekly address, in which he claims every week, that he has cut the deficit in half, (Okay…we still have $17 trillion and counting so where DID you put that 8 1/2 million Mr. President?) unemployment is down, and things are just going great!Macy's store closing

But it’s not is it? Obama can put his glossy lipstick on his boogie wide-eyed buster brown prophesies all he wants: but this week has been a disaster in the town of St. Louis.  As IF it couldn’t get any worse…it does.

All over the country, giant malls are closing down. Before, Wal-Mart just hurt the mom and pop stores, but there was always the malls. After Bush decided to bail out Wall Street in 2008, we lost five big malls in St. Louis within months. And these were giant malls with hundreds of jobs.

And last week, it finally happened. There was a giant mall near my house that blew its last breath.  Jamestown Mall, just died. To some communities, the giant malls were like the beating hearts and center of attraction. Everyone gathers there on Saturdays…just because. And when those big centers of community die, it’s like someone took away your favorite uncle.

And I don’t even LIKE to shop. You could just go and people watch.

The hundreds of stores inside the Jamestown mall all moved out by 2010. But the big attractions: Sears, J.C. Penny and Macy’s were still there. Okay. So there were giant weeds growing up in the parking lot and you felt like zombies could be lurching at you before you got to your car, but once inside Macy’s…there was comfort. You could pretend that life was the same. The perfume was way beyond my wallet— but no matter–it was all pretty. Neat. Colorful.

It said America. This is it. JC penny employees

All was going to be okay…I hoped. (Okay, I knew better, but that’s hard isn’t it?)

Then, ..a year ago, Sears went. Then last week, J.C. Pennies, and now, just yesterday, Macy’s closed, the last store attached to the rest of the mall. It hung on for months–that one last store. It looked like a gigantic dead octopus attached like a sucker fish to a well-lit head.

They just couldn’t heat the mall anymore.

How many jobs were lost? Hundreds. Thousands.

But Obama is ON it.

And now more news:

Get ready for the next era in retail—one that will be characterized by far fewer shops and smaller stores.  On Tuesday, Sears said that it will shutter its flagship store in downtown Chicago in April. It’s the latest of about 300 store closures in the U.S. that Sears has made since 2010. The news follows announcements earlier this month of multiple store closings from major department stores J.C. Penney and Macy’s.  Further signs of cuts in the industry came Wednesday, when Target said that it will eliminate 475 jobs worldwide, including some at its Minnesota headquarters, and not fill 700 empty positions. Experts said these headlines are only the tip of the iceberg for the industry, which is set to undergo a multiyear period of shuttering stores and trimming square footage.

When the malls go, how much longer can the movie theaters stay in business?JC penny

Now, they are SAYING that it’s a change in demographics. People are just buying online more. Which it true. Who wants to risk getting mugged getting out of your car at the local mall…or attacked by carjackers or black gangs looking for trouble on a Saturday night? Something that in Obama land was becoming quite the norm.

This morning, I heard something very sad. There was a restaurant downtown St. Louis, called the Millennium, that was dear to my heart. Every year, we would go as a family to the restaurant at the top of the hotel and take my son to his birthday dinner. It was called, unimaginatively, “The top of the Tower.” Of course it was….but it really was great.

And the reason the restaurant was so cool, is because it actually revolved—The whole damn restaurant. Can you imagine what kind of engineering that took? Millennium Hotel

it took an hour to turn the whole floor. You sat by the window and saw the whole city: the Arch, Busch Stadium, the Mississippi…it was beautiful. I remember one time when it snowed the biggest of flakes, and being up that high–looking down on the lights and streets at night through the snowflakes—-It was the most magical of evenings. You could close your eyes and pretend your were in Paris.

Years of memories. Floating back to me now. Closed. For good. Dead. One of the cities last great landmarks. Why?

Nobody Wins when you have politicians that know what’s coming, and act like it’s not happening. They almost pretend it’s not that bad.

But it is.

And Nobody Thinks that why Obama wants everyone to smoke dope.Mill hotel

Rather nice of him….considering he just killed my favorite hotel.

Goodbye Norma Jean. Say hello to the new millennium of lost dreams. Go smoke a joint and thank…

Obama. He is saying “The best is yet to come.”

It’s just going to take a millennium to get here.

January 23, 2014 - Posted by | American Culture, American History, economy, Uncategorized | , , ,


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  2. I drove through St. Louis on the Interstate…oh, about 7 years ago, heading East. I have to report that the area around the Arch looked like a ghetto to me. It was very sad to see.


    Comment by snopercod | January 23, 2014 | Reply

    • Yep…downtown is dead. The only reason anybody goes downtown anymore, is to go to the baseball or football stadiums. And you stay in the big crowd and park in the parking garages. On the 4th, they do have fireworks—and that brings a crowd. But…You do NOT go downtown at night. It never used to be that bad. But…it has, like Detroit, been run by democrats. Still, it’s Obama’s dream to bring the young back into the city. Trouble is: there is no work. Chevy Chase even put a bit in his “family vacation” movie about going through St. Louis…you have to be very careful NOT to cross over the bridge into East St. Louis. It will bring your heart up into your throat.


      Comment by Joyanna Adams | January 24, 2014 | Reply

      • ” Chevy Chase even put a bit in his “family vacation” movie about going through St. Louis” LOL! I remember that! Some black kids sprayed “Honkey Lips” on the Family Truckster. I didn’t realize that was in St. Louis. I guess some GPSs now include an “Avoid the Getto” feature. I won’t post my personal nickname for that app…


        Comment by snopercod | January 25, 2014

  3. Yep. It’s run by democrats…and I would move to my old hometown of Naples…but right now. I’m stuck here.

    Thanks snopercod.


    Comment by Joyanna Adams | January 23, 2014 | Reply

  4. I’m sorry that the Top of the Tower closed. It’s so sad to see favorite places from our past fade away like that. Is St. Louis going Detroit on us?


    Comment by snopercod | January 23, 2014 | Reply

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