Grim nostalgia weekend

What? I’ve been busy…

A friend and I went to the Fry’s Electronics in Sacramento last weekend. It is a desolate place, very different from how I remember it.

I used to live quite close by. Back then I went to that Fry’s almost once a week. It was a heady era of personal computers, wildly over-priced PDAs, and cell phones that did jack shit. Now of course everybody uses their phones for everything, and the only “upgrade” you can buy and install yourself is a fancy case. But I digress.

I hadn’t been to that part of town in years. If I ever had fond memories of the area, they’ve completely faded now. Last weekend’s visit inspired a kind of grim nostalgia; things were tough back then, and I don’t exactly miss them (though I’d relish a chance to do it all differently). But I always thought the Fry’s would go on without me. I did not expect to come back and find it so diminished, so threadbare. I wonder if it looks back on its own past glory days and dreams.

I suspect not. Buildings don’t have memories like we humans do. I suspect their much more pragmatic. That particular building probably remembers back when it was called Incredible Universe or whatever. It was very purple.

Now those were the days…

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Grim nostalgia weekend

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