Wednesday, June 24, 2009

daily snapshot: next stop, hecht's

School Buses Behind Former Hecht's, Wheaton Plaza
Private schools park their buses in the lot outside the former Hecht's department store at Wheaton Plaza.

When I was in high school, I remember watching some ridiculous video about teenage driving, featuring students from Walter Johnson in Bethesda. We cheered when the video showed us pummeling their football team at Homecoming and quietly booed when the kids in the movie drove (in their cars!) to lunch at Montgomery Mall each day. The point of the movie was driving safety, but it was the concept of open lunch we found most galling at Blake, floating in a sea of farms and McMansions miles away from so much as a McDonald's.

Looking back, I realize my parents would've never given me the money to buy lunch at the mall every day. Would've helped if I had a car, too.

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