Opry Mills is a ghost town on Monday afternoon. This is our year to have a low-key (i.e. stay at home) vacation in lieu of the hilarity of Disney World. So yesterday it was off to The Mills Corp. Entertainment Mall Experience for a bit of vacation-away-from-vacation activity. We haven't been there all summer, so the current state of affairs was eye-opening.
~The public restrooms at the Food Court are nas-tee. Out of all the stalls there (I think there are 15) only one of them was flushed. And that door was broken. I went to the bathroom in Barnes & Noble. (Hey, I bought two books there. I paid for clean toilets!)
~It's kind of sad to see Tower Records going out of business.
~Apparently "Jillian's" is now "Dave & Buster's". I have no idea what the other difference is. I imagine neither Dave nor Buster decided to lower prices, so it probably still costs $30 for two people to glow-bowl for an hour. This is not Lebowski's bowling.
~Farethewell, Alabama Restaurant. When we were there yesterday, work crews were pulling the "Alabama" off the wall. I never ate there, so I don't know if I'll miss the food. Apparently I'm not alone in the "never ate there" category, seeing as they're shutting down. I do know that I will not miss the sketches of the band members that hung in the entry way. They seemed cartoonish and a bit amateur--as though they were drawn by a 17-year old relative who has some art talent but very little training.
~The Banditos Mexican restaurant next to Barnes & Noble is not that great. And they got a 67 on the health inspection. I didn't know you could stay open with a 67. Oh well. The food was still okay....not fantastic though. And we had a coupon.
~I love the Stingray Reef experience, but they need to clean the tank. That entire stage area surrounded by B&N, Aquarium Restaurant, Banditos and the Reef smells like urine. Somehow I doubt that drunk uncle/sick cat odor comes from the bookstore.
~The Prestige is an awesome movie. It was smart, entertaining and atmospheric. The perfect fall film.
~The theatre is bragging about showing the original Halloween on halloween. But the print in the trailer looked like catsick. I'm not sure I'd be rushing out to see it blown up to extra graininess.