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I destroy footwear January 29, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in miscellaneous, north.
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Payless Shoe Source- Speedway Supercenter

As noted before, I get my shoes either at Wal-Mart or Payless. Why? Well, let’s face it: I destroy shoes every four to six months. It makes little sense to get shoes somewhere fancy like Shoe Carnival, Foot Locker, Finish Line, Kohl’s, Marshalls, or DSW when they get destroyed so soon, and at the same rate as shoes from cheaper places. And personally, I prefer to NOT pay more than $20 for shoes, but I’ll go $30 if need be. I walked more when I was in school, so I needed shoes every 4 months. Now that I’m not in school, I don’t walk as much, but I still do a lot of walking. I need shoes every 6 months. Wal-Mart and Payless tend to keep their shoe prices between $15 and $35, whereas other places’ shoes START at $40 and go up to $120. Thankfully, I have 2 new pairs of shoes at my house right now, so I should hopefully be good for another year! But when it’s time for a new pair, off to Payless I go!

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How do Outdoor Town Centers survive? January 12, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in north.
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Today is December 26, 2012. It’s snowing so furiously that we have a blizzard warning here in Indy. There’s at least 6 inches of snow on the ground with 40 mph winds. I am trapped here today. This makes me think: how do Outdoor Town Centers survive? I’ve heard people say that the indoor mall format is obsolete compared to Outdoor Town Centers. I think they’re crazy. Hamilton Town Center (3) I went to Hamilton Town Center on the 3rd, when it was 71 degrees out. I figured that if I didn’t go then, then I’d have to wait ’til Spring. It was a pretty neat place to wander when the weather was good. There were a lot of cars there, but no one was wandering the outdoor halls. And further, you REALLY have to watch out for cars when crossing the street- not something that’s usually an issue in an enclosed, indoor mall. And weather like today? Well, who would want to wander outdoor halls somewhere like Hamilton Town Center or Clay Terrace when you can huddle inside the warmth of Castleton Square? Outdoor town centers may save money on heating & cooling being outdoors, but I just don’t see them being practical in the blizzards of January, the heat advisories of July, or any rainy day.

Good dinner at Sui Feng Ju January 10, 2013

Posted by Kenny Norman in east.
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Washington Square Mall (3) Sui Feng Ju, a Chinese place at Washington Square Mall, is a place I highly recommend. While the selection is kinda small (I think they only have 12 items), it’s only $5 for two items and rice, which is a cheap combo deal. They also sell smoothies. The value on that is amazing, as a “small” is AT LEAST 20 ounces and only costs $2.89. There’s also about 10 flavors you can mix and match (up to three flavors) for no extra charge. Check this place out if you happen to be in the mall.