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Moggie
12-17-2010, 11:57 PM
This is sort of a combination 'Holy Cats, you have to work here?!' and a self-sighted brain burp. Please move if needed.

I needed to get out of the house tonight so in a fit of holiday-induced madness I went out to find a pizza. The store I went to was quite small, just a walk-in with a little bench and a counter where they take your order. It was also crammed with so many flashing, blinking, trembling, glittery THINGS I was momentarily unable to place my order.

Walking in, to the left of the door was a full sized Christmas tree covered in bulbs and ornaments. The walls and bench were wrapped in wrapping paper and hung with stockings. Over head there were multiple strings of paper stars that danced in the air currents while flashing lights made another tree on the ceiling. It was also covered in ornaments. Both cash registers were decorated as reindeer, the soda cooler was wrapped in lights and there was a smaller tree on the counter. There also was a pair of inflatables, a santa and a snowman in opposite corners. Overhead there were rows and rows of multi-colored lights hanging down to just about 6ft off the floor. If the wall wasn't plastered with a Santa graphic, there were flashing strings of stars. The best part? It was all synced to the blaring carols coming from the radio in the back.

The poor counter girl was dressed as an elf and she was very patient with me as I wrestled my eyes down from the madness on the ceiling. I admit I shouldn't have walked in there with low blood-sugar to start with since it made it that much harder for me to understand her questions, but the flashing was pretty overwhelming. Getting my brains squirrels under control was very difficult. I made my order and huddled on the bench, staring at the nice beige floor tiles and trying not to look up. I was there for possibly 20 minutes at the most and left with a bad headache. I felt so bad for the people who had to work in that environment, they couldn't escape the FLASHING!!

Squeaksmyalias
12-18-2010, 12:03 AM
Getting my brains squirrels under control was very difficult.

I LOVE that! Brain squirrels, I'm going to have to remember that.

Pagan
12-18-2010, 12:49 AM
How the hell did they have any room for customers in there? This is precisely why I'm staying out of the mall this weekend.

I LOVE that! Brain squirrels, I'm going to have to remember that.

Me, too! And I was having that problem at work today. Just didn't know what to call it.

Midorikawa
12-18-2010, 05:46 AM
Good grief. Sounds busier than a casino.

*shudders at the memory of being in Wendover, NV with a migraine and low blood sugar* Had to brave the casino lights and noise and everything being reflective to boot to find food...which took about 10 minutes too long. >_<

PepperElf
12-18-2010, 02:42 PM
all those light sound seizure-inducing. :(

Primer
12-18-2010, 10:13 PM
How the hell did they have any room for customers in there? This is precisely why I'm staying out of the mall this weekend.

A lot of the pizza joints in Austin, especially PH, are carry-out/delivery only. Most customers call in their orders ahead of time. Rarely does anyone walk in, order, and wait in these locations.

MoonCat
12-19-2010, 05:24 AM
That...sounds...hideous.

I hate overdone Christmas decorations. You rarely see anybody go nuts like that for any other holiday. Ick.