"I would not like nights so bright you could not see the stars." -- Akira Kurosawa

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I grew up in a family of Southern storytellers. Back in 2004, I started Whole Bean to continue the tradition in a new medium. Over the years, I've written about families and friends, peculiar situations, extended road trips, recalcitrant home appliances, and many things for which I'm truly grateful. I hope you enjoy your time here.
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The election is over, and Christmas is on the way. I took the plunge and went shopping the day after Thanksgiving with my daughter Sarah. Woo-hoo, they was tons of folks out there. Of course, as a representative of Federated Department Stores (read Macy's, Bloomingdale's), I was happy to see this! I was even happier to see that people were actually buying things and not just looking.

We arrived at the Mall of Georgia at 8:25 AM and considered ourselves lucky to find a parking space in the O'Charley's Restaurant lot adjacent to the mall. (The mall lot itself was already full.) We walked in the Rich's (Federated also) entrance and were confronted by tons of shoppers. By 9:45, we were hungry and ready for lunch, and seeing that everyone else was already munching on burgers and plates of noodles, we joined in and were finished with lunch by 10:15. Another couple of hours at MOG and we headed to a regional outlet mall. The crowds were so thick there that a toothpick could stand on end!