In the last month I've been at the mall closest to my house for job purposes four different times. Today I had a fifth visit. Usually when I go to this mall I park in the same section of the parking garage (first floor on the east side). However, today the store I had to go to was on the other end of the mall, so I tried another 'regular' lot close to the food court. It was full, so I decided to head towards the opposite corner of the parking garage from my regular area where there's a dedicated entrance for one of the stores. I could walk through that store into the mall itself.
Because I find this particular parking garage confusing I took a wrong turn and ended up on the roof, where I had my choice of dozens of spaces. From there you can take an elevator or stairs down one level to the store entrance. I chose the latter. When I entered the stairwell, I noticed a large sign that indicated the store entrance was right below, the food court down one more level, and the first floor of the mall below that. I decided to get a little more exercise and take the stairs all the way down.
At the bottom of the stairs I opened the large set of metal doors and found myself in a service hallway. There was a sign with an arrow pointing towards the mall. I walked down the hall, though another set of metal doors into the public area, where I found my store and did my business.
I decided I would backtrack my route and get even more exercise walking up the several flights of stairs to my car. However, when I saw the large sign that said 'Employees Only Past This Point' on the public side of the first set of metal doors I almost changed my mind. However, figuring they had no problem with me coming down the stairs I decided I wouldn't worry too much about going up. Besides, no one was there to challenge me.
Five years ago today: Yippee!