Thursday, July 17, 2014

Goin' Up the Suburbs

I couldn't believe how nice it was when I awoke this morning. Started a gorgeous day with more Bowery Boys. Slip's In Fast Company after he agrees to help a taxi company owner after his vehicle is run off the road by the competition. The Boys have to get passengers and duck around the rival company, who wants to be the only cabs on the New York streets.

My first stop of the day was the Haddon Township Library. The head librarian (yes, the one I clashed with a few weeks ago) had a good suggestion. She wants me to stop trying to shove the overflowing titles onto all three shelves. Putting the letters out of order confuses kids. Just put the overflow on the return shelves. She's right. Maybe they'll finally start understanding that certain series have too many titles and need to be paired down, no matter how popular they are. I got lucky this time. A lot of kids must have taken out DVDs during the heat wave and storms; everything fit, even the S titles. I also shelved adult DVDs and newly released books.

Rode across Westmont and Audubon, dodging traffic coming back from lunch, and headed to Simply Soups for lunch. It was quiet for quarter after 1. I was the only one who ate in the main room. I had my favorite Italian Wedding Soup, with a good-sized slab of cornbread and a can of Diet A&W. Since they don't accept credit cards, there's an ATM machine right next to the desk where you pay. I took advantage of an older woman ordering soup for friends and used the machine instead of going to WaWa for money.

I just barely made it to the corner of King's Highway and the White Horse Pike across from the Shell station in time to pick up the bus to the Moorestown Mall! Good thing it was a few minutes late. The Moorestown Mall is the last of the area's four major malls I hadn't explored yet...because it's the furthest away. The bus ride was an hour, twice as long as the rides to Deptford, Cherry Hill, and Voorhees. On the other hand, it was rather pleasant, passing through attractive suburbs and wooded areas. The bus wasn't full to begin with. I was the only one who went all the way to the Mall.

The Moorestown Mall is sort of in the middle of the pack, compared to the other area malls. It's not as large as Cherry Hill and lacks its history and upscale stores, but it's bigger than the Voorhees Town Center and nicer than Deptford. What is does have is a nice selection of stores (including a good-sized Boscov's and the area's only remaining Lord & Taylor) and a gorgeous floor area with soothing fountains, dramatic curved ceilings, and lots of plants. No one will ever mistake this pretty mall for a hospital, at least from in the inside.

The stores in the main mall are an eclectic lot, too. The Moorestown Mall also has the last remaining mall FYE in this area. In fact, this is where the Cherry Hill Mall's FYE ended up after they shut down in 2011. They were only slightly larger than the former Cherry Hill store, but I did make a few finds. The used sale this time was buy one, get the second half-off. I finally grabbed the two-disc Schoolhouse Rock 30th Anniversary set, which I've almost gotten a hundred times since it came out, for $10.99 (not bad for a heavily packed Disney set). Wayne's World was the half-off title at $2.49. The first four Police Academy movies were on sale for $9.99; continued the 80s-early 90s vibe and grabbed that, too.

I wandered around for a little while longer, taking in the rest of the mall. Briefly explored two video game stores, an independent and Game Stop; didn't find anything in either. Bought a Rita's Water Ice for a snack. The marshmallow peanut butter was really yummy, creamy and sweet with good-sized peanut butter pieces. Considered seeing a movie at the huge new theater, but decided it was getting late. Managed to wriggle out of a survey when they discovered that I work in retail and they couldn't have people in retail doing testing for candy. I didn't have the time, anyway. I wanted to catch the bus home.

Despite it being rush hour, the bus was right on time. The only traffic we ran into was going into Haddonfield. Otherwise, we mostly just stopped to pick up office workers, hotel workers, and nurses and hospital clerks. Moorestown seems to be mostly the mall, tons of office buildings, and a series of large shopping centers that included an AC Moore and a Barnes and Noble. (Maybe I"ll do my birthday in Moorestown next year instead of Deptford.)

When I got off, I went across the street to the big CVS to pick up some much-needed conditioner. Herbal Essences was cheaper, but they didn't have their curl formula. I ended up with Pantene, which was also on sale, though not as much as Herbal Essences. Honey and peanut butter were also on good sales.

I finally went straight home after that, avoiding the rush hour traffic on the White Horse Pike. Spent the rest of the evening making tilapia with sauteed mushrooms and onions and a fresh garden salad for dinner while watching the first Police Academy movie. The mayor of a large city has just opened her police academy to anyone who wants to join. This brings in a wide assortment of motley characters, from gun-loving Tackleburry to determined rich girl Thompson to gentle giant Hightower and sweet but occasionally noisy Hooks. Forced to join the academy to avoid jail time, Mahoney (Steve Gutenberg) goofs off and tries to annoy everyone in order to get kicked out. Falling for Thompson makes him have second thoughts. A riot that gets out of hand finally gives everyone a chance to prove that they have the right stuff for crime work.

A surprise hit, this spawned a wildly popular series that ran throughout the 80s. (A final one set in Moscow came out in 1994.) This is a pretty typical "misfits thumb their noses at an institution" 80s comedy. It's a little raunchier and more scatological than the slightly toned-down later entries would be, including some nudity and racist epithets. The adult humor really makes this more for teens and adults who enjoy slapstick and other "misfits against society" 80s comedies.

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