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Jay Dreyer :: The Mall of America

The Mall of America

The Mall of America
This weekend’s grand adventure and immersion into Minneapolis living was a trip to the insanely huge Mall of America. (Of course, we couldn’t go to the Mall of America without stopping off first at Ikea. We just couldn’t.)

We have tried to stay away from it, and reserve going there for when/if friends and family visit. But, few friends and family have visited, it was raining, and it has an indoor aquarium. And it’s next to Ikea – key in DeAnne’s reasoning.

So…what can I say about this place? It’s big. Really big, as Shatner would say. It has an indoor amusement park, an underground aquarium (complete with sharks you can go swimming with – for $200. I asked if the sharks had frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads. I was the only one who found this humorous besides Jack, who is my personal Ed McMahon.), a gazillion stores (I counted!), and tons of crappy fast food restaurants.

I think DeAnne and I are still dazed from the experience. We didn’t even really shop. We just walked around, looked at stuff, checked out the aquarium and left. I tried to find a pen (I need a small pen I can hang on my keychain…these exist, right? Where can I find one?) but I didn’t have much luck. We also went to Brooks Brothers where I found a great sports coat for, gulp, $500. “No way,” said DeAnne. “That’s our new bathroom from Ikea!” I couldn’t argue with her.

It’s not a great place for really little kids, unless you’re trying to lose them, in which case it’s an excellent place. Jack liked the aquarium, Lego-land, and hide-and-seek in Brooks Brothers. Lucy seemed to enjoy the aquarium. It was like a real-life Baby Einstein video for her. DeAnne liked Ikea.

What did I like? Leaving.


| posted 09/04/2006 12:44 AM

Permanent link to this comment  Dennis Dreyer  on  09/04/2006 04:38 PM  said: 

You are so funny. I got a chuckle out of your well written essay on Mall of America. You make me laugh, Jay.


Permanent link to this comment  Joe  on  09/07/2006 12:26 PM  said: 

If you can’t hang out at the 4th floor, it’s not worth going.

Permanent link to this comment  Jay Dreyer  on  09/07/2006 01:34 PM  said: 

I don’t know if I made it to the 4th floor. What’s up there?