I generally avoid the mall like it harbours a plague of locusts, but I'm giving a presentation at the city council meeting on Monday and figured I'd best get a haircut before then so as not to look the compleat ragamuffin. The lady who cuts my hair is a former student's mother who works at a salon that happens to be at the mall, so I do end up there occasionally. So the dear spouse and I are at the mall, might as well wander around a bit. There is a new food court and a stall that sells what turned out to be quite decent curry. Yum - my favourite! Ok, get to the point, man. So I wandered into the record store that replaced HMV when it went belly up. Sunrise has been there for awhile and from the start had a few records, off to the side somewhere. I walk in and the record bins are now the main display when you walk in the door, selection has grown enormously and they even have a used section... with 45s. My, times are changing... or something. The young guy at the counter was quite knowledgeable about the stock, though a bit less about turntables. End result - I came home with a few used LPs including the Chicago "Live at Carnegie Hall" boxed set and an interesting Zappa 12" 45. Prices were extremely reasonable. I also walked my wife through the new vinyl and pointed out things that she might ponder in case there were to be a birthday present in my future. The past few birthdays have involved new tea kettles and toasters, lol. So getting dragged to the mall is a slightly less onerous notion than it once was!