John’s Recon

May 21, 2009

Collin Creek Mall: There Will Be No Picture Taking Here

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Prichard @ 5:45 pm

For a good time, wield a camera in Collin Creek Mall, Plano, Tx. This morning I took my SLK in to Autobahn in Plano, Tx (a place I have used for years and highly recommend). Since I had some time to kill, had my bike on the back, and the camera in the car, I decided to pedal over to Collin Creek Mall … it is only 2.5 miles away. I remember seeing it in the morning once and there were photo opportunities to be had.

After walking around, snapping up the morning sunlight streaming in, a security guard accosts me.  “What are you taking pictures of, SIR”, he said sharply. I hadn’t heard the word SIR used with such loathing since we used it that way in Vietnam. I turned around and smiled, “Why, your great mall in the early morning sunlight”. He just looked at me sternly. He was not amused. I held up the back of the camera and showed my latest one, “See”. Obviously, he was not an art lover. Or maybe he wasn’t a lover of my art. Or maybe a 3″ screen just isn’t representative. Or maybe he was late to a mall harassment seminar and I was slowing him down.

Whatever the reason he said, “There is no picture taking in the mall”. I asked why. I said that I wasn’t shooting people or product as he could plainly see. He repeated with more emphasis, “There is no picture taking in the mall! If you take your camera out of your pocket again, I will have you physically escorted off the premises.” As he said this he was looking at me in a cocked head sideways kind of pose like David Carusso in CSI: Miami but with a Smokey Bear type hat. I fully expected him to take off his sunglasses … but he didn’t. All I could say was, “OK”, since I didn’t want to have an arm twisted behind my back … I needed it to ride back to Autobahn. I tried to look at some more stores to retain some sort of dignity but he was following me … I wasn’t brave enough to reach into my pocket and take out my camera half way to see what he would do … so I left.

I thought about why there is no picture taking in the mall. It couldn’t be people, especially kids because I wasn’t. It couldn’t be competition because I wasn’t taking pictures of product. Then I remembered … terrorism. I was wearing a weight vest (see note below), I am somewhat silver haired, I’m a little overweight, and I was doing the opposite of everyone else … no one else was walking slowly, admiring the sun streaming in, enjoying themselves with plenty of time to burn, and looking at different angles and different directions … Yup, the profile fits. I was definitely a nogoodnik and up to something.

I will probably go back, since it is the closest mall and I have been going there for 20 years. If I do take a picture I am going to use a little spy camera and if I see security coming I am going to take the memory card out and swallow it in plain sight to see if they go into a major scramble.

The pictures will be at my Flickr site here under their own set 200905 Collin Creek Mall. I did get some good ones.

Note: I borrowed a weight vest from my son. He carries around gobs of weight to train for different fireman tests. I am only using 15 lbs (10 + vest) (see addendum), but it has lost me 2 lbs per day every day I wear it. This is enough to burn up some fat due to the additional weight carry. Of course, it looks a little dorky since it is only a half vest. Most people take a glance and immediately look away as they assume it is some sort of prosthetic. One girl asked if it was a bullet-proof vest … I told her it was a cheaper version that could only protect the heart … if I was gut shot I was screwed. Anyway, I think it must make me look like a terrorist with little pockets to carry miniature blocks of C4.

addendum: I just measured the weights. The weights are only 2.5 lbs apiece so I am only carrying 6 lbs (5 + vest). Still remarkable how much I am losing although this has slowed down too … there probably is a point of diminishing return unless you up your activities with this vest.

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