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Economy Indicator - Shopping Mall Metrics(?)

Today, I became a godfather. My brother's son was baptized today at a church in Batavia, Illinois. I love being a's like being the best uncle. My nephew will get his first drum set from me - probably next year ;->.

Anyway, there's an outlet mall on the way back to Chicago. We decided to stop at about 3PM CST. We drove around for 25 minutes trying to find a parking spot. There were absolutely no parking spaces. In fact, there was a quarter mile long line from the expressway to get to the mall.

So much for the soft economy.