My Younkers???

Back in May, I was working in Wisconsin for the month and since I’m just like any other American, I decided to hit the mall for some downtime.  Most of the time, you might see Sears or Macy’s at the mall, but as I turned a corner, I found this…

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Imagine this store in Cross County or Getty Square, I mean it would probably be guaranteed business if not for the ease in regard to its name and convenience.  Apparently it is a subsidiary of a larger chain of department stores in the Midwest and even Northeast.

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Inside of course you find all the goodies you would find in any other store, but I couldn’t resist walking up to a lonely employee to show her where Yonkers NY was on a map and emphatically illustrate the connection…but finding one was an issue.

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Much like some other abandoned structures and places in the real Yonkers, Younkers Department Store was also a ghost town, void of shoppers or employees, I think I see some old guy near the back…damn it, it’s too late he actually went into the back.

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Well abandoned or not, the store lives on.  I’m sure if I went on a five-minute looting spree, rent-a-cops galore would spring into action like flies on you know what, so I casually just walked out.

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Why doesn’t Yonkers have a cool looking NEON sign like this?  Perhaps by the pier? Central Ave?  Cross County? Hell even prop it up on top of the Seminary Communication Tower so travelers from afar can see that the City of Gracious Living, is just over those damn hills.

–Josh

The Bronze Shoppers of Scottsdale

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IMG_0816Many hidden entities disguise themselves in malls across America, such as the Indian at the Westchester Mall and in Scottsdale, AZ, where the tender sight of a mother and daughter spending a day shopping at the mall is permanently affixed to a fountain near the food court, encased in bronze and frozen in time.

As far as I know, the statue has been there since the early 1990’s when the Scottsdale Fashion Mall IMG_0807opened up, giving residents a wider and more modern variety of stores and sadly, defuncting in the process the older Los Arcos Mall located just down the street and made famous by such movies as Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

While in the food court with its massive atrium and natural lighting, many passersby probably have never taken the time to appreciate the life-like statue, with its beautiful detailing of a mother dressed in a business suit, a child holding her teddy bear and a bundle of gifts, perhaps the end of a long day of holiday shopping for the two of them.

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Even the mother’s purse is depicted with amazing and beautiful detail.

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These moments suspend time in my opinion, as we all probably have statues in our minds such as this one of ourselves with our parents.

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Shopping at Cross County, Getty Square, The Galleria in White Plains or wherever, spending the day with our Mothers, carrying around countless numbers of shopping bags with us and not thinking about prices or logistics or anything of an adult nature is something special to say the least.

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For me, living across the street from Cross County as a kid and also trekking not only to White Plains but into the big city itself, memories of train rides home, cab rides home, walking home as the snow just begins to fall in the evening; they are all as clear and detailed in my mind as the statue represents.

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Riding the Metro North train home from Grand Central, sandwiched between the train window and about a dozen Macy’s bags, the dark sky on the outside and the warmth of the train inside, my Mom nodding off and having to remind her that Fleetwood is the next stop; all of these were my accoutrements of a perfect day and just as with the statue, are forever frozen in time for me to enjoy.

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If you ever find yourself at the Scottsdale Mall, take time out to sit beside this bronze family and marvel at the beauty, the wonder and love of a mother and daughter and an intimate invitation into their world, after a long day of shopping and creating life-long memories.

–Josh

Is This Really True?

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Just read this statement and tell me if this makes any sense at all..

Heather, 10th Grade. Worked 45 minutes on term paper. Worked 9 hours on night shift

What was boostup.org thinking with this one?

I have seen this Ad in many malls across the U.S. now and recently, it cropped up in both Cross County Shopping Center and even the Galleria Mall in White Plains.

In both cases, I was left shaking my head and feeling bad for poor Heather here, as boostup.org, on top of probably other people in her life, have probablyIMG_0626 copy convinced her that yes, since you only spent less than an hour on that term paper in 10th grade, you will now be relegated to a life of drudgery, humping 9 hour shifts at a fast food restaurant, FOREVER!!!

I’m gonna be the brave one and for Heather’s sake and the sake of other “Heathers” out there who spent less than an hour working on their all important, so high and mighty Term Paper…I say, bullshit!

Sigh…there I said it, my first expletive on MyYonkers ever and god damn it, it felt good, what a release.

More seriously though, who the hell do these boostup.org guys think they are?  I mean they have the resources and reach to put their billboards anywhere in this country and instead of using this power to encourage, they come up with this?

What happened, slow day in the writing department?  They should have called me because I could think of 1,000 messages to put on a billboard, much more inspiring and motivational than this drivel, which by the way, will encourage no one to do anything.

IMG_0627 copy 2Well, it may encourage people to do one thing, avoid working at fast food places at all costs, which comes with its own detriment as many people will need to swallow their pride at times in life and take jobs that they feel are beneath them in order to move forward and improve the quality of their life.

Hey boostup.org, how about giving Heather credit for at least working, saying something like:

Heather, 10th grade. Worked on term paper for 45 minutes. Now works even harder to support herself and her family.

I dunno, listen, yes, obviously…you should have higher aspirations than fast food in life, unless that really is what you want to do and by doing that job, you can have the life you want.

I just feel that it is irresponsible and just wrong for boostup.org to promote this kind of message.  Their messages should evoke a feeling of motivation and inspiration, (boostup.org…hello it’s in your name!!!) not fear and or pity for someone else.

IMG_0626So Heather, if you are out there which I know you are, keep working and keep working hard.  Hard work in life is the great equalizer between those who make it and those who don’t.

As Thomas Jefferson said, it is the pursuit of happiness that we are all afforded the opportunity to chase in America and that pursuit is forever mingled with challenges, detours, ups, downs and more.

From this picture, Heather looks like she has her whole life ahead of her and so what if she spent a few years working here?

I’m more concerned with where it leads her to in the end.  She can still get whatever GED or high school diploma she needs if she did not receive it.  She can then apply for student loans and or pay her way through college, if that is the route she wants to take.

What if she were to meet her future husband at this job, then how bad would it have been to have worked in fast food?

What if the job…versus the high and mighty, all-knowing, educational institution, inspired her and gave her the passion to want to better her life and it was the experience working the 9 hour shifts, versus the 45 minute term paper, that lit the fire of passion for her future?

This ad is not only senseless, but irresponsible and I hope that this article somehow, someway, finds it’s way to someone from boostup.org’s eyes and that they take a step back and realize the possible repercussions of their marketing.

I am now, officially, stepping down from my soap box, thank you…I’m here all week…try the veal…good night ladies and gentlemen!

–Josh