Gotta gripe here. No, first let me say that I love Texas. I really do. I lived in Californa for 27 years. When we moved to Texas, I thought I would hate it. I was so wrong. Folks here tend to spend more time with their family and less time buffing their high-priced car. They seem to go to church more and care about their perfectly manicured fingernails less. They enjoy the outdoors and for the most part want to see rolling hills filled with wildflowers and cattle grazing on them.
Here is where I have to gripe. When did California’s snobbish influence move into Texas? Recently, a “mall” was opened in Austin called “The Domain” (you have to say it with your nose in the air to get the full effect). This place is so far from “traditional Texas” that it makes me think that I never moved out of California. Driving through the outdoor “mall”, you feel like you are taking a cruise down Rodeo Drive. Seriously. I don’t want to live by Rodeo Drive. If I did, I would be living in California – NOT Texas.
What is so bad about The Domain? Nothing if you make mega bucks and like overly-pretentious stores. What stores you ask? How about places like:
Tiffany & Company, Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, and BCBG
How do I know that California has moved to Texas? The “mall” has a California Pizza Kitchen. *sigh*
There are only TWO things that make this place remotely acceptable. They put in an Apple store. Convenient if you use Apple’s products. The “mall” designers put apartments (for single well-to-doers) above the overly-pretentious stores. At least the folks that make 6-figures in Texas have a place to live. Whew! That is a load off of my mind (NOT!).
The Lord knows that we need more “mall” space in this world. Who needs pastures, forests, and wildlife? The world looks so much better with strip malls and the “same old stores” (i.e. Linens and Things, Best Buy, Old Navy, you know which ones) filling in every nook and cranny. What are those lyrics again? “Paved paradise and put in a Neiman Marcus?”