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Bernie, Meet Penny:

  In case you don't follow my Instagram, I've been photoshopping my cat, Penny, into old photos that I have taken of malls. It's been a fun project; I haven't been able to go out and see any new malls, so instead, I've been digging through my past 4-5 years of work, and putting my cat into various planters, sitting on benches, etc. I'll make a post here soon. Bernie Sanders trying to keep warm at the inauguration took the internet by storm, and soon, everyone was photoshopping Bernie into various locales. Penny and Bernie met up at Ashtabula Towne Square in Ashtabula, Ohio. Bernie was looking for a pretzel to go with his Medicare for All.

Archie The Snowman's New Home

  Archie the Snowman, in his new home at Lock 3. As malls continue to disappear, we hear more stories about the things that people miss about them. The one thing that crossed my mind (pre-pandemic) was Christmas. Malls used to have amazing decorations. I remember Rolling Acres Mall had a huge castle set up, and Santa sat in the middle of it. Richmond Town Square had a similar setup last year; I'm not sure whether they're still even open. When malls close, they usually leave everything in them, including all of the decorations. Akron's Chapel Hill Mall has been cruising slowly towards foreclosure all year, which made me start to wonder around September what would happen to Archie. Archie is an over 20 foot tall talking snowman, who has lived at Chapel Hill Mall on and off since the late 1960's. He lived at the mall until the early 2000's, during an ownership change. There was a crowdsourcing campaign to bring Archie back, which was a huge success. Archie was at Lock