Once again I spent all day today with some friends off on a friendventure. So instead of a long, intricate post, I just figured I would do a real quick run through of all the photos I took as something fun.
We went well off the beaten path for our usual hangouts by going to the Glendale Galleria, a large mall in… Well, Glendale. It was somewhere Juan and I had been to before but nobody else had, so we figured it would be a good place to just explore since it’s a real big area.
Plus Juan wanted to go to the LEGO store to buy something, and it was either there or Downtown Disney.
After an almost hour-and-a-half drive (both there and back I might add, with all five of us packed into my car just chatting and having a good time), we wound up in a totally different world, surrounded by so many fancy cars that we decided to affectionately title our trip “Detroit becomes Glendale” after the current future-set David Cage experience everyone’s pretty into right now.
The first store we went into was this place called Box Lunch, which seemed to be the less angst-ridden version of Hot Topic. While there we discovered, among other things, this figure of Sora from Kingdom Hearts:
He’s seen some things, man.
I also decided to snap this photo of a Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirt to share with Aly, since it seemed right up her alley.
Needless to say she was a fan:
Then we started to really wander the place. One of the things that stood out was this absolutely incredible advertisement starring Johnny Depp:
He’s straight up about to be eaten by that wolf.
Also, we had a very long debate on whether or not the name of the cologne was someone misspelling “sausage” or “savage.” Either way someone definitely should have been fired, we decided.
Soon enough we made it to the LEGO store for the first time, because we were going to confirm they had the set Juan wanted before coming back later to buy it so he didn’t have to carry the whole thing around all day.
Here he is playing with the machine that makes sets build in front of you in augmented reality:
Mitchell, Jonathan and I can be seen off in the background of the video screen by the way. Fun fact, I suppose.
We also discovered a number of things. First, the fact that porg LEGOs exist. Second, that the Millennium Falcon LEGO set is 800 god damn dollars.
I’m honestly not sure which of those facts is more shocking, even hours later.
From there a lot of the journey was relatively uneventful. Mostly just walking and talking.
Eventually we wound up in an area with a Japanese pop culture store that had awfully suggested figurines to an almost comic degree, as well as plenty of stores under construction.
Including a place called PLAYlive Nation, which is apparently just a lounge that people can come in and play video games together.
Another fun fact, the second selling point on the place’s website is that it gets gamers out of the house to make friends.
Seems like an awfully savage thing to put so high on the features list in my opinion, especially since just across the street was an icon of gamer hangout spots:
A R E. Y O U. G A M E?
Also this was a place.
I’m just not going to say anything, because we thought it was suggestive enough on its own.
Speaking of food, however, that was what we did next. Juan got Blaze Pizza, Tiana got Boba, Jonathan and I got Five Guys, and Mitchell…
Well he didn’t get anything.
Except the pleasure of enjoying this New Yorker article about Incredibles 2 that Tiana introduced us to because WOW it’s just unreasonably suggestive of all the sexual baggage the movie leaves with the parents who go to see it.
It’s absolutely incredible and worth a read.
We also discovered this Build-A-Bear Workshop kiosk which was… Odd. To say the least.
Seems like the kind of place that makes infinitely more sense as a store, but oh well. This serves the purpose just as well, I suppose.
By that point we had essentially circled the entire mall, so of course our last stop was the LEGO store redux. Juan bought himself a giant set while the rest of us goofed off a little.
Tiana and I had a pretty good time just building with LEGO pieces at one of the builder stations. I even made this neat mini house!
I guess it kind of looks more like a car than a house… But still.
Are you proud of me yet, internet?
I sure hope so. Because some much younger kids came to play with the LEGO pieces and we just sort of backed away awkwardly as the grown adults we are.
Once the set was bought, we made our way home again. An hour-and-a-half worth of a drive later we were back in Redondo, where we got to play video games and watch the second live action Scooby Doo movie.
It’s super fun having adult friends, guys.