An eventful day!
First, I went to the mall and noticed a few things. It was pretty quiet, as typically are pre-summer weekday business hours in a mall, so I exercised free reign to wander around and browse shops that were mostly empty. Gamestop was quiet, doing what they usually do, peddling preorders and gossiping about new titles while a dorky voice from a speaker overhead spouts corny advertisments. Nothing new there. Used PS2 games that I was casually interested in? $20. In 2013. Unbelievable. I’ll stick to Amazon and Ebay.
I decided to peek in Hot Topic as well. When I first started visiting this mall around this time 10 years ago, as I remember, Hot Topic was a realm of gothic. Metal memorabilia, spiky things, chains, fake tattoos, band shirts, that sort of stuff. These days? It’s all internet culture merchandise. Right as I walk in the door? My Little Pony, in my face. A whole rack of it. Right next to that, on the wall display, are a bunch of shirts with memes on them, sporting such witty and clever jokes as “come at me bro” and “lol I troll u”, perfect to impress random strangers on the street. Right next to that is a Minecraft shelf. I was actually pretty interested in this one, as I enjoyed the game and its cute boxy pixely art-style back in the day during its Alpha stages before it exploded. In Hot Topic’s new Minecraft department there was a Redstone night-light and a wall torch (the pixely torch crafted out of sticks and coal in the game, except this one was obviously crafted from mass-produced plastic). They were both priced in the area of $35. “Eh,” I thought, “too steep. Maybe I’ll geekify my room with silly appliances some other time.” The torch was left behind, un-bought. No business for you and your meme-exploiting executives today, Hot Topic.
Bored, I strolled around the food court next. There, I discovered a perplexing thing: an Aquamassager. A what? An Aquamassager. Now when I think of the word massage, the first images that come to mind are usually that of a cute asian girl rubbing my back and shoulders (let me have my fantasies people) or a comfy vibrating armchair. This, however, was a horizontal bed of sloshing water. Now I could take a second away from writing this blog post to Google “Aquamassager” and get easy answers to my curiosities about this thing right now, but instead I’m going to explain my visual interpretation, as if my walk through the mall were a wild safari and I’d just come upon an albino Gorilla. Anyway, what it seems to me is that this “water massage” happens by lying down in this bed, covered by a clear plastic clam shell lid, where you’re dressed in some kind of waterproof cloak. Then the machine starts pouring in and sloshing around water on top of you, as if you’re suddenly the sole item in a human washing machine. This experience is supposedly relaxing, given the term “aquamassage“. And you know what? It did look relaxing, in a weird way, but then again I’m neither a claustrophobe or a hydrophobe. So it’s clearly not for everyone.
After the mall excursion I went to my part-time work for the family store, where I found this beautiful large butterfly in the garage.
Sadly, it was too dark in the garage to see the color of its wings properly, and the flash on my phone was being finicky.