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Remembering Bailey 2004-2018

As many of you know, I am an avid lover of pets and that includes those that have made a name for themselves online. I only learned about it today but Bailey died on December 9 due to kidney problems. He was 14. Who’s Bailey?  Cats are fickle creatures. Many don’t like kids and just learn to tolerate them. But Bailey truly loved his little human friends. And while I’ve seen a strong bond between cats and children before, Bailey took it to a whole new level. Check out this tribute

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Dead Mall of the Month: Burlington Center

It’s been awhile since I did one of these mall blogs. But the choice for this month is easy. Burlington Center Mall has been in a state of decline for about a decade now.  It seems the end is now in sight. The Burlington County Times reports that the mall may now be in the process of shutting down for good. http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20171201/2-nonprofits-asked-to-leave-burlington-mall-amid-potential-closing Burlington Center opened in the Philadelphia suburb of Burlington To

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Dead Mall of the Month: Schuylkill Mall.

The Schuylkill Mall: 1980 to 2017.  The doors can be closed any day now, so if you're near Frackville, PA, I suggest you visit as soon as possible.  This mall is symptomatic of the economic decline of the Pennsylvania coal region more than the current trend away from mall shopping.  The mall was one of several planned and built by Crown American in largely rural areas near Interstate highway exits.  Another one, the Shippensburg Mall, is also along I-81. That mall is very weak and possibly

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Dead Stadium of the Month: RFK Stadium

One of America's last surviving multipurpose arenas from the cookie cutter era is nearing the end of a long, remarkable run.  Making its debut in 1961, DC Stadium was home to the NFL's Washington Redskins and Major League Baseball's Washington Senators.  It was renamed in honor of Robert F. Kennedy in 1969 after he was assassinated while running for president.  In 1972 the Senators moved to Arlington, TX and became the Rangers.  But it was Washington's NFL team that had the longest and most succ

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Dead Stadium of the Month: Pontiac Silverdome.

The Pontiac Silverdome opened in 1975. in Pontiac, Michigan. For the next 26 years the venue was home field to the NFL's Detroit Lions. It also hosted the Detroit Pistons for a time as well as several college and minor league teams. But personally the Silverdome became a favorite of mine as it was the site of Wrestlemania III. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL-SxOAJfQo It's hard to believe that 30 years have passed since March 29, 1987. It's one of the few Wrestlemanias I can still r

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Dead Casino of the Month: Trump Taj Mahal

Atlantic City has been taking it on the chin lately. A lot. In the span of about a decade this NJ resort town has gone from being the East Coast's Gambling Mecca into a nosedive of plunging revenue and casino closures. What went wrong? Competition emerged, and lots of it. Every neighboring state now boasts casinos of their own. The town that once inspired the game of Monopoly once had a monopoly in the casino industry. But now that they're no longer the only game they're once again seeking to re

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Dead Mall of the Month: Owings Mills

Baltimore is an interesting city I started visiting back in the 1990s. It had a relatively new rail transit system with a subway line and a light rail service reaching out from the center of the city. Two of those lines terminated near enclosed malls. Those were Owings Mills and Hunt Valley and today both are defunct. Hunt Valley has long since been replaced with a lifestyle and power center and this article focuses solely on Owings Mills.   It opened in 1986 to great success and included upsc

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Dead Mall of the Month: Century III

For July's entry I've decided to stay in the Keystone state. Century III Mall is in the Pittsburgh suburb of West Mifflin. It was built on a former slag pile and opened its doors in 1979 and it was an immediate success. But the good times didn't really carry over into this century. By 2010 the mall was in a downward spiral of declining sales and stores. Other malls like South Hills Village or brand new outdoor shopping centers like the Waterfront were siphoning away shoppers. After several years

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Remembering Gibson: 2010-2016

Talking Kitty fans are mourning the loss of Gibson Cash who succumbed to a bladder infection on April 3. He was one of the main characters in the popular Youtube series along with Sylvester and Shelby. I've watched these videos almost from the beginning and I remember when Gibson was a tiny kitten. It was fun watching him grow up and change over the years. A few months ago, Steve adopted a stray female kitten he named Random. Cats mature fairly quickly though and since Gibson was never fixed,

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Dead Mall of the Month: Forest Fair VIllage

This is the first of what may or may not be an ongoing series for me. But I've been on a mall kick lately and I'm focusing on dead and dying malls in particular as they may not be around much longer. To start things off, I am posting a little feature on the colorful Forest Fair Village which is also called Cincinnati Mills and Cincinnati Mall. It has had several name and ownership changes through the years since it opened in 1989. To my knowledge it has never been fully occupied although it did

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My aunt's funeral and recent inactivity.

Hi everybody. I know I haven't been here much lately. In fact, this is my first visit to the forum in about two weeks. But life has been pretty hectic lately. Really it all started about a month ago when I learned that my aunt had suffered a stroke and was having a very difficult time. Then I was informed she wasn't expected to make it and was getting in-home hospice care. A few days later I was told the sad news. I think her son put it best when he said "God couldn't let us keep her forever."

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My third forumversary!

Hard to believe but it's been three whole years since memeber #9332 signed up. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was hunkered down at home as superstorm Sandy was attacking the East Coast. But luckily my power and internet access held up and I was able to make history by joining MLP Forums.   OK, OK, melodrama aside, I was expecting this to be just another message board. A fun place to hang out and discuss the intricacies of this fascinating cartoon. But the forum has become so mu

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It was a fun ride.

Hi everyone. Effective immediately I am stepping down from the position of moderator. Long story short, holding an official capacity on this forum requires regular participation and an ongoing investment of time and energy. An investment that, due to circumstances beyond my control, was nonetheless lacking on my part. Faced with that, resignation was the only realistic choice available.   As my time on staff draws to a close, I wanted to say thank you to the team for the opportunity to serve

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Happy April Fools Day

OK, OK. Based on what I posted the last two years on the 1st of April, you're probably expecting some kind of outlandish story. But I'm dealing with a big time case of writers block right now. So if you were hoping to learn about Artemis secretly being my son, the clandestine organization I started with Sterling Crimson, or the love triangle with Sir Hugoholic and Sugar Cube, you're going to be disappointed.   Instead I want to take a little walk down memory lane. Personally, I liked 201

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Wow, has it been two years already?

October 29, 2012 was a day I made a life changing decision. OK, that might be a slight exaggeration. Nonetheless, that was the day I joined MLP Forums and it has made a lasting impact on me. And to think I mainly joined because I was stuck at home and bored due to Hurricane Sandy. It feels like I've only been here a few months, wow! And all this time you thought October 29 th was just National Cat Day!   This place has been amazing. I made more and closer friends than I ever dreamed when I

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My trip to California part 2.

For the first day in Oakland, Jaime and I had separate agendas. For me, it was an opportunity to check out San Francisco ’s vast rail transit system by riding BART, Muni, and Caltrain all day. My roommate, on the other hand, was going to check out some stores close to the hotel. The first thing you notice about California is the terrain. There are huge swaths of perfectly level land (all developed) interrupted at random by ginormous hills and mountains. You can thank plate tectonics for that. Th

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My trip to California part 1.

Wow, what a trip I just had! 12 days away from Philly with my roommate. I am exhausted but it was so much fun! Until January I didn't know what my big trip for this year was going to be. But once it was announced that Botcon, a major Transformers convention, would be returning to Pasadena for what seems like the 32nd time, the choice became very clear. To get out there, my roommate and I took Virgin America airlines to San Francisco via a connection in Los Angeles. And for the return flight, we

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Well, it's official. I have high blood pressure.

Seven weeks of regular testing settles it. I have hypertension. Over the last couple of years or so I would throw out an uncharacteristically high reading. But for the most part I stayed in the safe, healthy range.   It looks like my genes have finally caught up with me. My mom had to take medication to control her blood pressure as long as I could remember. And my dad needed to take it for a time later in life. Anyway, I will continue with the regular screenings until after my upcomin

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A blood chilling dream.

I don't know what's causing them but for the last two or three nights in a row I've been having these weird dreams. Last night was the worst one yet. I was inside this huge house one evening. There was a knock at the door and three men, dressed as police or other officials, were standing outside. I opened the door and instead of talking to me they nonchalantly walked in without saying a word. I asked the last one, "Hey, what's going on?"   He raised a gun, pointed it at my face and BANG!   I

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News about my cat Drift.

I thought I'd write a brief blog to say hi and to let everyone know one of my cats, Drift, was examined yesterday. He's doing fine but two separate vets said he had a heart murmur and it needed to be investigated by a specialist. So my roommate and I took him to be evaluated at a veterinary hospital.   Since he knows he's going to the vet anytime he's put into the cat carrier, he was not a happy camper and meowed pitifully for awhile. He quieted down before we got there and, as usual, he was

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Happy Easter!

Today Christians all over the world commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And, for once, it truly is all as this year the Orthodox and Western calendars coincide.   Due to the pastel colors and Easter Bunny theme, Fluttershy and Angel are probably the most popular MLP subjects for Easter fanart. After a brief search, I like this one in particular. Note the cutie mark decorations of my three favorite ponies on the eggs.   http://s1332.photobucket.com/user/switchpoint/media/7651349f-

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Did Fluttershy win?

"Congratulations on your victory in Thrashy's unofficial March Madness conclusion, Applejack. You rock! But in all the turmoil surrounding the end of the official tournament, it seems to have been overlooked that I received the most individual votes in the four way battle."   Poll numbers ALL CHARACTERS (23 votes [8.52%]) Applejack (87 votes [32.22%]) Fluttershy (88 votes [32.59%]) Rarity (24 votes [8.89%]) Pinkie Pie (48 votes [17.78%])   Actual scoring. A

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I am leaving the forums

Effective immediately, I am no longer a moderator or a member in MLPF. I plan to return, but that won’t be possible until July 28.   Why? I am 12 years old.   Yes, I faked being an adult for over a year. I’ve been told my writing is very good for my age (thanks!) and, truth be told, it’s not that difficult to fool people online. What accounts for my knowledge of stuff dating back decades? My parents. I personally enjoy things like older wrestling and cartoon videos and I constantly

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500 Kilometer Wide Asteroids Are Not Your Friends

If you're easily disturbed by doomsday scenarios, you may want to move on to the next blog. I am not responsible for any loss of sleep or nightmares this might cause.   Here's an amazing simulation from the Discovery Channel of what it would look like if earth were to be impacted by an incredibly large asteroid. Long story short, it would be game over. Earth's entire biosphere would be sterilized by something this big.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2RGt-qGFkg   The one thing I disa

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Remembering my Dad.

In December of 2009 I went to Florida to spend the holidays with my parents and an aunt. It was fun for all of us, a typical family gathering with a mixture of eating, sightseeing, and playing Wii. Yes, even old people like Wii. ;P We also went to watch the film Avatar at the town center movie theater. After Christmas, my aunt and I drove to her home in Georgia where she lives with her adult children and grandson for New Year’s Eve. We had fun checking out some more sights in Atlanta but the wai

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