Joyanna Adams

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The Twilight Zone of American Denial

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Do you ever feel like you’re in the Twilight Zone? My husband and I went to a Vitamin Store today to get some protein stuff that my husband likes to make sometimes. We went to the nearest Vitamin Store, about five minutes from the house.

Okay…you might ask? So you went to a mall? At LEAST you didn’t get shot at, look at the good side. Tonight in a Mall in Washington near Seattle, four people were shot by an “Hispanic”, but I wasn’t too concerned about getting shot, because this Mall is a ghost town. When it opened, 13 years ago, it was full of shops and people. NOW…there are only two stores left (and an IMAX): The Vitamin Store, and Cabela’s.  And Cabela’s doesn’t have to pay taxes because it claims it’s a museum, due to the clever idea that they put stuffed deer and wolves and bears everywhere.

Anyway, That’s it. I’m seriously thinking about bidding for those stuffed mountain lions and buffalos so that I can turn MY house into a museum. And pay no more taxes. What do you think? I have quite a collection of sea shells in the basement. I could start getting my dead parakeets stuffed, like Mrs. Edison did…anyway, I’m off the subject. I could even have myself stuffed when I die. That should draw a crowd.mills-mall-two

The middle-age guy working the store all by himself, you could tell, was so bored that he started talking real fast, in hopes that we would stick around. Out of the blue, he starting talking about his new 16-month-old son, (Whom he named Thaddeus after Thor, go figure that out.) and WHY he thought all the malls in the United States were closing down, because we wanted to know just how much longer the store was going to stay open.

He wasn’t sure.

“Everybody shopping online now.” He said. “That’s why all the malls are closing down.”mils-mall-3

“You don’t think the economy or the fact that this is about ten minutes away from Ferguson has anything to do with it?” I asked.

“No. Here’s the truth. All the remaining Malls in St. Louis are by major highways.”

The fact that TWO major highways passed right by the mall, and it was rush hour, and we were the only three people in the mall didn’t seem to register. I was hearing Rod Sterling say.

Doo, do, do do…do do do do…

“Thaddeus’s father, deep in thought, doesn’t know it yet, but he will soon learn the lesson…that he’s NOT on another planet, and sometimes, things are not what they seem. No, Thaddeus’s father will soon learn, that home is not always were the heart is, but…online.”

As he was talking, I was remembering the conversation I had with my friend Mona today. We talked about how the blacks for the last eight Obama years, would just walk into a store, take whatever they wanted, and walk out. They were never prosecuted, and sometimes, on a Saturday night, looting at the Mall was the most exciting thing happening.  She and I both agreed, that with daily looting, and the simple fact that people didn’t have much money to spend anymore, the stores just couldn’t keep in business. Especially in depressed places where there are more minorities.looting-in-malls

But, I kept my mouth shut.

“With online shopping, you don’t have a sales tax.” said the guy.

“No” I said. “But the shipping prices are pretty much the same expense” And having been a ‘girl’ all my life, shopping online for clothes is nothing to compare with trying something on. Not only do you have the WAIT for the package to get there, if you don’t like it, you have to send it back and pay for the shipping. It’s like a DOUBLE tax.

Yes, I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone. This man, could not fathom the reality of the destruction of the American economy.  Even though, he probably had to bring his lunch to work because the food court was dark, and the Merry-Go-Round in the middle was begging to be moved to a Stephen King movie.mills-mall

As we walked out the door, I yelled back. “Be sure and take lot of movies of Thaddeus!”

He gave me the funniest look.

I should have added “You can get a really nice camera online!”

But, I was still,.in the Twilight Zone of American Denial.

 

 

September 24, 2016 - Posted by | economy, Uncategorized | ,

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