Saturday, April 01, 2006

Observations From The Mall

Today was quite delightful. We woke up, went to the gym, and then headed out for a day of commercialism.

We rarely go out to the mall. In fact, if it were up to me I'd like to just have my clothes regenerate themselves when they got worn down and or magically resize themselves after I gain or lose weight. Being that we don't have that technology yet I was forced to buy new clothes. It wasn't so bad, I had some gift cards from christmas that needed to be put to use.

Because we rarely visit the mall its always a treat when we do go. I get to see all the kinds of people that I usually avoid, specifically people that breed and like to fill their lives with lots and lots of things they don't ever use. I love to see how they get so excited about items that they never knew they needed.

We also had a nice dose of young, just-turned-legal male eye candy. Thats always welcome. Unfortunately I cannot help but think that one day they will become breeders themselves but their fascination for useless items will not fade. Oh the potential of youth and how its squandered on the young.

There was also our dose of hot married men eye candy. Dallas seems to have more than any other city that I've lived in or visited. It amazes me when I see these specimens. We live in such a male dominated society and women have such low self esteem, overall, that there just doesn't seem to be any pressure for men to keep themselves in shape after they have coupled. The expectations for the post marital male are so much lower than that of the post marital woman. I mean can you imagine if the average run of the mill housewife told her fat husband to get to the gym and get hot or to just cut to the chase and get pec implants? Occasionally though there are those that keep themselves in tip top shape. I can only guess they keep themselves pretty out of a desire to be desired. In any case I'm more than happy to assuage them by casting furtive glances their direction.

Overall though when I go to the mall it amazes me how much shit gets produced for people to consume. I wonder what happens to most of it. It can't all get bought up. Where does it go after its had its time in the market? Does the factory worker in China ever think that the product they worked so hard to make might just end up in the trash, or on trash? Do they even care? How much energy, both mental and mechanical, is wasted on bringing these things to the consumer. Its astonishing.

6 Comments:

Blogger jeremy said...

Which mall did you go to? I kinda miss Texas malls--we don't really have them here. Highland Park and the Galleria were so much fun . . .

9:13 PM  
Blogger Seeker Onos said...

Ugh. I wonder if 100 years from now, after we have all settled into our respective post-industrial, balkanized niches ...

Will folks will take a break from thier lives of tending of biodiesel or food crops and look with a sick sense of regret over the broken city-scape? Will they ever question just what the heck thier great-grandparents did to destroy thier civilisation?

Will those malls find themselves turned into new micro-farming communities, with the then-useless parking lots (having been long broken up for asphalt fuel) being turned to food production, with all that "eye-candy" bent over plows drawn by teams of oxen?

At least staying in top physical condition won't be such a hassle, nor would ye require a $90/month membership and a half hour commute to do it!

(okay, ya can't say I didn't try to find *something positive* in my gloomy outlook!!)

11:47 PM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

Occasionally though there are those that keep themselves in tip top shape. I can only guess they keep themselves pretty out of a desire to be desired

Is that why we work out even though we're coupled? (wink)

The last paragraph reminded me of flying, they distributed headphones to all the passengers (free) and then at the end of the flight they put them all in the trash. I asked if they recycled, and they said no, it's more expensive to do that, so now they're trashed. Every flight, every day, mountains of one use headphones headed for the dump.

6:57 AM  
Blogger Sunshine said...

Well, I guess it keeps the economy going and I like to contribute to society when I'm not broke. :P

5:18 PM  
Blogger Rey a.k.a. "Mr. Secret" said...

Imagine living in New Jersey like me... The land of 1000 malls. There's one mall in which it seems like 70% of the guys there are gay (how do I know? I see most of them on Wednesday nights at the local fag bar)... and yeah, it's amazing that people buy this crap. What's even more surprising is that the mall "art" stores stay in business even though the art they sell is insanely ugly. Go figure.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Miles said...

Despite what those wonderful Christians would have you believe, I think America's predominate religion is really Fundamentalist Materialism.

I think we've all grown up with this notion that material wealth will somehow make us happy. That fancy cars, lots of new electronic equipment, designer clothes, and pretty knick-knacks will add value to our lives and make us feel better about ourselves. It's quite obviously a false notion, but a difficult one to get over completely in this society.

It's amazing though: It seems like anywhere you go in America, the predominate social activity is consumption. Even someone like me, who grew up in an environment with a bare minimum of material blessings, can't escape that drive to buy something when life gets really boring.

Maybe it's good enough to be aware of when you're indulging that side of yourself, and try to curb it as much as you can. But spending time at the mall, it seems like most people are shopping as if they can't think of anything else to do. And how about those people that consider "shopping" a hobby? Yuck.

-Miles

PS - H and I may be split up romantically, but don't think you've heard the last of ol' DeLong! (hmmm, famous last words?)

3:26 PM  

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