Feeling Nostalgic and Sad

When I was a teenager, Madison Square Mall was the best place to hang out with friends.  It was the largest mall in the Huntsville area.  It also had all sorts of cool stores and restaurants.

One of my favorite memories, involves me and my cousins hanging out on the second floor next to the railing that overlooked a water fountain on the first floor.  We were talking with a friend and just being goofy.

The friend was wearing a clip-on tie, because he had an interview with one of the stores.  My cousin Kay didn’t know it was a clip-on, so when she grabbed his tie it popped off and went flying over the railing.  The tie landed in the water fountain below us.

The young man was really upset, because he had borrowed his father’s tie clip and he didn’t want to lose it.

My cousin Dee and I came up with a plan to fix the problem.  We went down stairs, took off our shoes, and climbed into the water fountain to get the tie.

A security guard approached us and demanded to know what we were doing in the fountain.  I tried to explain the situation, but that just made him even angrier at us.

Dee and I were escorted out of the mall and warned not to return.

Over the years, new malls and shopping centers have come to Huntsville, Alabama.  Unfortunately, Madison Square never changed or made any significant improvements.  They still have a lot of the 80’s colors and decretive styles through out the building.

People drifted to the more modern malls that are better able to meet their needs and Madison Square Mall continued to deteriorate.

Madison Squire Mall recently closed and all the stores have now relocated.  The local news (WHNT.com)  was showing pictures of the empty mall and talking about future plans for the building and the land.  Looking at the pictures made me feel nostalgic and a bit sad.

Mortified Nation


I found Mortified Nation on Netflix.  The documentary shows adults reading journals or diaries they wrote as teenagers.

I was constantly laughing during the show.  I wasn’t laughing at the person, instead I was laughing at how they believed the world to be as teenagers and at how I also had many of those same ideas.  In a way, I was also laughing at myself.

I forgot what it was like to be a teenager.  I forgot how scary it was to have all those first time experiences.  I forgot how confused I was about how to survive in this world.

The documentary ends with a reminder:  We are all freaks, we are all fragile, and we all survived.

Upcoming Disaster

I see young adults making the same mistakes I made in my youth.  I attempt to offer advice whenever it is appropriate.  I hope they will learn from my example and save themselves some unnecessary grief.

However, they ignore my words.  They believe they are just as knowledgeable as I am (if not more so) and that nothing bad will ever happen to them.

I see the upcoming disaster, but I am powerless to stop it.  They must learn their lessons the hard way.

It seems to be a common trait among humans.  I often ignored the older generation in my youth and at times I suffered as a result.  Now the younger generation ignores me and they will experience the same painful consequences.

Sagging Pants Problem Solved

The sagging pants fashion trend is popular with some of America’s youth; however, older generations tend to despise the practice.

I have developed a plan to solve the sagging pants problem.

Instead of complaining about the fashion trend or making it illegal, the older generation should join the trend.

That’s right.  Everyone in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s need to start sagging.  If this happened sagging pants would go from rebellious and hip to utterly uncool.  – Problem Solved