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Old 06-16-2014, 02:33 PM
 
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When I visited Italy there were a lot of old people hanging out in the various town squares or at the ocean, which doesn't seem so depressing. In many parts of America there aren't similar kinds of public spaces and the weather is much more severe. For better or worse, the mall is where people go instead.
Thank god they are tearing down our local mall. By the time I retire maybe there will be something better there--a spa/gym/swimming pool complex maybe.
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Old 06-16-2014, 02:55 PM
 
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Thank god they are tearing down our local mall. By the time I retire maybe there will be something better there--a spa/gym/swimming pool complex maybe.
naw, there'll be a bigger mall.

I don't get what the problem is anyway, where I live all sorts of people hang in the mall. In summer the whole town is there.

You've got your Somalians at Gloria's coffee, your Italians at Cafe Buono, your Greeks at the souvlaki place...all enjoying their coffee and laughing and chatting a million miles an hour.

But that's Australia I guess, where everyone's just another set of ears to hear your stories.
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Old 06-16-2014, 07:27 PM
 
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Personally, I don't like the mall, but it is probably a great place to walk if you live in a harsh climate. And the food court is there if you want to get lunch.

Nobody mentioned all of the free classes that are available online. Khan Academy offers lots of free classes as many colleges do. What a fun thing to do!
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:01 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Well, since it came up... malls are dying, it's a statistical trend now. Several people noted here already about empty stores & closed malls. They are gradually closing up (not all of them obviously, I suspect a lot of those in very hot areas will hang on) due to the effects primarily of Amazon & on-line shopping. The big bookstores are mostly gone, the "record" & CD stores are mostly gone. Sears is very close to flat-lining & it looks like JCPenney will follow suit later, these are anchor stores to a lot of malls & when they go a lot of the traffic to that mall will disappear.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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Well, since it came up... malls are dying, it's a statistical trend now. Several people noted here already about empty stores & closed malls. They are gradually closing up (not all of them obviously, I suspect a lot of those in very hot areas will hang on) due to the effects primarily of Amazon & on-line shopping. The big bookstores are mostly gone, the "record" & CD stores are mostly gone. Sears is very close to flat-lining & it looks like JCPenney will follow suit later, these are anchor stores to a lot of malls & when they go a lot of the traffic to that mall will disappear.
If the shopping malls are dying will everyone buy their clothes sight unseen from the Internet?

And where will me and the rest of the bored retired people who hang out at the mall sit all day looking miserable? (At homes with our wives, no way!)
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Every day we live, we're one day closer to dying. Whether we're old and retired, young and energetic, we should try to enjoy life at it's fullest, every day. If sitting at the Mall is what some like and it keeps them entertained, I say it's time well spent for them. As for me, when I die, I want to die with my boots on. Anyone ever watch the movie "Second Hand Lions" ? Well, I don't have any plans to fly a bi-plane upside down through a barn at 90 yrs. old but it sounds better than being bored to death....
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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I'm kind of semi retired at this point. I work but not full time. Lately, I've started cycling. I'm starting to feel a little better and stronger. Maybe that will keep me entertained when I actually retire. Exercise with the goal of living longer and healthier is not boring. I figure I'll try to get involved with a local cycling club. Its inspirational to be with other folks that enjoy what you do, and are pushing themselves more than you are.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:01 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I'm kind of semi retired at this point. I work but not full time. Lately, I've started cycling. I'm starting to feel a little better and stronger. Maybe that will keep me entertained when I actually retire. Exercise with the goal of living longer and healthier is not boring. I figure I'll try to get involved with a local cycling club. Its inspirational to be with other folks that enjoy what you do, and are pushing themselves more than you are.
I've been cycling since the kids were old enough to ride bicycles but I was limited by by full time job and my kids activities. Fast forward 30 years, the kids are through college, married and have families of their own. I have much more time but I also have other interest to keep me busy. Cycling is a great way to stay fit and my goal this year is to ride 1000 miles before October. I rode 800 miles last year and that was mostly through hill country. I ride mostly by myself though because all my friends think I'm crazy........lol
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:11 PM
 
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It is not that hard to figure out--we are here on this plant to help others. If one doesn't know what to do with themselves, why not volunteer? To those sitting around at the mall, I say get off your fat ass and make a difference. There is so much that needs to be done. Anyone bored in reteirement has only themselves to blame - I would hate to be that person and look in the mirror.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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It is not that hard to figure out--we are here on this plant to help others. If one doesn't know what to do with themselves, why not volunteer? To those sitting around at the mall, I say get off your fat ass and make a difference. There is so much that needs to be done. Anyone bored in reteirement has only themselves to blame - I would hate to be that person and look in the mirror.
Do you always beat around the bush so much? Can't you learn to be more direct?

Seriously though, you have an excellent point. And sadly, many folks are inflicted with too much inertia to take your excellent advice.
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