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It's refreshing to see the Globe finally tackling the issues of everyday people

Yesterday, the Globe gave us an insightful front-page look at those modern-day pioneers forsaking their six-figure financial-services salaries and Back Bay condos to become Vermont cheesemakers. Today, the Globe once again awakens us from our complacency with a front-page expose on the travails of another breed of pioneers: People buying million-dollar condos at the Natick Mall:

... "You just don't see malls like this," said Kellie DuGally, 37, owner of an online sales company in Hudson, who plans to convert one of the penthouse's three bedrooms into a closet for her clothing and shoes. ...

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Same byline on both stories. Swap cheesmakers for
the Cheesecake Factory and it's the same f'ing
story. Real relevant to my day-to-day existence
on the Red line. (For the Globe staffers reading
this, the Red line is a quaint old piece of public
transit that runs from Cambridge to Dorchester
[gasp!] and Braintree.)

Gotta wonder if there are any adults left over there,
or have they all taken early buyouts and turned
the keys over to the post-adolescents recently
sitting confused in Journalism 101.

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Thinking about Douglas Adams here ...

The transition from full-time cocktail party to part-time raiding party came with ease, and did much to add that extra bit of zest and swing to the whole affair which was badly needed at this point because of the enormous number of times that the band had already played all the numbers it knew over the years.

They looted, they raided, they held whole cities for ransom for fresh supplies of cheese crackers, avocado dip, spare ribs and wine and spirits, which would now get piped aboard from floating tankers.

from Life, the Universe, and Everything

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If you had one million dollars, would you choose to live at the mall? This article proves that money certainly can't buy class or taste. I'll take the Back Bay/Vermont cheese route over the from wherever/Natick Mall route any day!

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I'd buy you some art (a Picasso or a Garfunkel).

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...but not a real green dress (that's cruel).

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Living at the Mall?? No thanks. I'd take Back Bay or Beacon Hill over some suburban mall
any day!! HAH!!

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At first this article made me ill. Then I decided it was wonderful news that these cretins will remove themselves to their suburban housing project and stop voicing their disappointment that urban living doesn't live up to their suburban childhood visions of urban chic. Although I will miss people tacky people asking me for directions to Carty-er (as they will apparently be able to purchase extra charms for their bracelets near the food court), on the bright side maybe Sonsi will go with them! Bon voyage.

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Sonsie is delicious! Just skip the busier nights when the brainless trendy people tend to amass.

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because it makes no sense as written:

"I have lived in the Back Bay, and it was very collegiate, very busy and noisy. It just wasn't San Francisco," said Donna Niles, a director of creative services for a fragrance company in her 30s who once lived on the West Coast and is now is mulling the purchase of a Nouvelle at Natick unit. "I think living at the mall would have a little more of that feeling."

Where was the editor?

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I know I get SF flashbacks every time I go to the mall, Ron, I don't know what the problem is. Especially the Macy's, since there's a Macy's in San Francisco - but the Mall has one big advantage - no icky, poorly dressed panhandlers, and you NEVER have to worry about getting rained on when you roll out of bed to go shopping or dining at the Cheesecake Factory.

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The article ends:

He added, "It's like getting the Newbury Street experience, without having to fight for parking."

Yeah, just like Newbury Street -- but only if it also had Sears, JCPenney, and the Cheesecake Factory.

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"I am sick of Faneuil Hall and the bars there. I am buying Manolo Blahniks," she said, referring to a brand of shoes that costs hundreds of dollars. "I don't like beer being tossed on them. That's not my idea of fun anymore."

I don't wear Manolo Blahniks. I do go to bars, and it's not that tough to find one where beer won't be tossed onto my cheap shoes by a college student. Does this woman know that there's a whole city outside the confines of Faneuil Hall?

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A la lanterne!

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