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Just standing there, tapping away…

March 29, 2013, 11:38 PM

Thought I’d share.  Here’s a photo that Isis got of me at Landmark Mall in Alexandria today that I found amusing:

Tapping away on my phone at Landmark Mall
Photo: Isis

Isis found it interesting because everyone in the photo was wearing a hat in front of the “CITY CAP” sign and the mall train (both the other gentleman and I are train enthusiasts).  I found it amusing because I’m standing in a common pose for me when I’m out and about.  Holding my phone and tapping away.  After all, those amusing Facebook/Twitter/Instagram posts don’t just post themselves, right?

Otherwise, we also checked out the remains of Springfield Mall.  For those not familiar, Springfield Mall closed last summer, and is being converted to a town center-style development.  They are retaining the three anchor stores (Macy’s, JCPenney, Target), and are demolishing everything else.  So Springfield Mall is literally a shell of its former self right now.  Take a look:

The remains of Springfield Mall

The remains of Springfield Mall

The remains of Springfield Mall

The remains of Springfield Mall

Then after a few minutes, we got chased off by a mall security guard for taking photos of the demolition.  By the way, as a note to private security guards and anyone else who tries to stop people from taking photos: trying to stop me from taking photos is pretty much a guarantee I will be publishing the photos.  Just note that.  I can understand some concerns about industrial espionage, but seriously, lighten up.  If it’s that secret, actively conceal it from public view.  Otherwise, leave noncommercial photographers alone.

So all in all, not a bad time today, exploring dead (Springfield) and dying (Landmark) shopping malls.

Postscript: As you can see, I'm having fun on my two week vacation!

Categories: Friends, Photography, Shopping