There were movies to see anytime I wanted, Baskin-Robbins ice cream, and the illicite thrills and temptations of Spencer Gifts (a fertile place for boys with active imaginations. My friends and I would go there to buy embarrassing items and have them delivered to friends while in class.) I spent most of my time and money in Musicland, soley buying albums from the import section and the bookstores. There was a Waldenbooks at one end, and later there was a Coles Bookstore at the opposite end. In these stores I could find interesting, eclectic and unusual music and research anything that my intellect desired, not what the prudish librarians deemed appropriate. They were windows where I could my face against the shiny glass to get a glimpse a new world.
|Lon Chaney once appeared to |
chase me through my basement
One of my most vivid dreams was about vampires choosing to live and hunt inside The Sandusky Mall where they safe from the sun's destroying light. Eventually the mall was almost completely populated by vampires, who waited to consume the unsuspecting consumers.
|Dawn of the Dead (1978) living dead, mall, sewing supplies, 'nuff said.|
|Rabid (1977)also had some pretty scary, gory mall moments|
|Shivers (1975) took place in an entirely closed community of apartments|
SO I returned to the mall when visiting my family and hungrily stared through windows like the alcoholic, teetering on the edge of relapsing looking at the beguiling bottles of liquor behind the bar. I staggered from one end to the other and back, remembering where the Spencers, Musicland, Coles and Waldenbooks had been. There were gone and I have moved on also.