My Visit Home 2011: The Mall of Georgia

The Mall of Georgia is the biggest mall in my state. I wanted to make sure to go and get some videos and pictures of it while I was here, because even when I was living here, I didn’t go to this mall so often (it’s nearly an hour drive away). I was thinking of making a video to compare this mall with IIAS Tsukuba, the largest mall in the Kanto Area, but I think I’ll separate the two videos, because in my opinion it’s no contest. IIAS is a great mall, but let’s be honest, Japan has a lot less space to build malls on the same scale as some of the ones in America. Lets just talk about the number of stores alone. The mall of Georgia has over 225 stores…TWO-HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE!! Honestly I don’t know how many stores IIAS Tsukuba has…but rest assured it’s not 225. However, to IIAS’s credit, I think the mall design looks cooler than the Mall of Georgia’s.

I decided to walk around and get some footage and pictures because God only knows when I’ll have a chance to come back to Buford, Georgia again. It wasn’t really a problem for me, but I realized if you’re out of shape, you could actually get winded walking through this mall! It was worth the drive to Buford to see this place again.

I took some time to go to Chic-Fil-A, one of my favorite fast food restaurants in the U.S. that specializes in chicken sandwiches. The sandwiches are great, but those perfectly salted, golden waffle fries and hand-spun cookies and cream milkshakes with whipped cream and a cherry are simply incredible…sigh. I walked around taking pictures and video taping until a guard on a Segway (yeah, I know…Segways aren’t cheap, ne?) came up to me and said “It’s highly illegal to record in a mall. The stores pay a lot of money to set up shop here and it’s for their safety.”

I puffed my chest out and said “Try and stop me…b#&ch!” He jumped of his Segway and attempted to tackle me. I evaded with the coolest, one-handed backflip I could muster with a video camera in one hand and a back on my shoulder. I then took ten quick ninja steps backwards and quickly extracted some natural energy from the air (I didn’t want to hurt him) and stunned him with a fire, chi punch. He doubled over, fell to his knees, and choked out a distress call to the other guards in the mall. I saw twenty Segways approaching in the distance. I hurriedly shoved my camera in my bag, and extracted more chi from the cool, mall-air…fingers curled and ready. They were approaching now at full-speed, not very fast, circling around me…

“Sir, Sir…did you hear me? I said you can’t film here.” said the guard. “Oh, sorry about that,” I replied. I put my camera away and went on about my business.

I enjoyed walking around the mall for another hour, went to the Apple Store and stocked up on some software. I really enjoyed that feeling of being back home in the land of excess. I can’t believe I have to go back soon.

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Donald Ash

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  • Moe Sebastian

    Cool. Just spoke to a friend of mine that is teaching in Japan. He said he started his own school which is pretty cool. Got me looking around at the opportunities and found your blog. I live in Atlanta so this Mall of GA post caught my eye.

    • Donald Ash

      ATLANTA IN THE HOUSE!!! Thanks for stopping by, Moe!

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