The strip mall is a familiar sight in suburbia. It is also an indication of the state of the economy at any point in time. Forget the Gross National Product and the Consumer Price Index. I bet the economic health of any town is statistically tied to the the number of stores closed in any strip mall. The big box stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.) is often the blame. Politicians failed policies is always at the top of the hit list.

However, did you ever stop to think that maybe those places were just poorly run establishments with overpriced merchandise and bad customer service? I have been to a few places that fall into that category. Although in some cases, it doesn’t apply. How come I hardly see Chinese take-out places go under. No matter how run down they get, they stay in business. I refuse to get Chinese take-out in the summer if I see the front door open. That means they have no air conditioning and a million flies on the Egg Foo Young. No thank you.

Doctor’s offices never seem to fail. No matter how nasty those receptionists are or how long they make you wait for a non-answer to your medical problem, they never close.

So if there is a town out there in suburbia with strip malls filled with Chinese take-out places and Doctor’s offices, their economy will always be booming. I bet there are a few of those in Florida, in between the Hospitals, Churches and cemeteries.

I was driving with my Dad in Florida and he pointed out to me “watch this…Doctor’s office, Church, Cemetery, Medical Center, Church, Funeral Parlor. People get sick, pray and die in Florida.”

We stopped for Chinese food. The door was closed. They weren’t out of business. They had air conditioning. I ordered the Egg Foo Young.

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Adam Ant – Strip


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.
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One Response to Strip

  1. tchistorygal says:

    Funny! Good observation. There’s always hope! BTW, thanks for visiting my website. Love having you. I’ll be following your blog. 🙂

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