Shoes, my friend replies. I need to get both kids new shoes.
Rack Room, I venture.
M-hm. Possibly Steinmart.
I overlook the Steinmart mention. You didn't go to Stride Rite during the Buy One Pair, Get the Second Half Off sale?
Listen to me. I will pay double not to go to that mall. That mall is scare-ee. I keep waiting for someone to jump out of some seemingly abandoned storefront or from behind a parked car and stick a knife in me. And Thruway is pretty.
It is, I say, nodding, even though we're speaking by phone, and she can't see me. I, too, try to avoid Hanes Mall like the plague.