Engineer Zero and the Lost Temple of Consumerism

A local mall had a flood a few years ago, and has never quite recovered. There’s a lot of empty space, which for me evokes a certain atmosphere of mystery and even a little adventure.

Come, let us depart from the beaten path of I-405 into the dim realm of zombie commercial real estate:

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It has kind of a Mayan/Aztec feel to the architecture, like a lost temple. Admittedly, the 24-Hour Fitness somewhat compromises the ambience.

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The symbolism of the floor mosaic will puzzle archaeologists of future centuries.

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This elaborate overhead light fixture may have served to induce a state of hypnotic trance among the cultic faithful. Fortunately, I am immu . . . .

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What lies behind these cavern-like walls? We can only imagine the secret chambers. Yes, let’s go with that.

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Hello, hello, hello. Echo, echo, echo.

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Here is one of the altars before which the worshipers of Consumerism knelt in prayer for the restoration of their feet and charge accounts.

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There’s a curtain, but was there a little man behind it?

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All it needs are hieroglyphs on the walls, and this could be mistaken for the Temple of Karnac.

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You know what’s really spooky? How much my rent has gone up when there’s vacant space like this just down the road.

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Alas, this one blurred photograph is all we retain of their most sacred scripture. Apparently, while there is no admonition against cannibalism, skateboarding was a mortal sin.

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Evidence of animal sacrifice has been found at the site.

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For those trapped within the labyrinth of consumer debt, escape must have seemed so close!

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Once and future engineer.
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