I can’t walk outside because the streets and sidewalks are filled with ice and snow and there are only so many laps I can do around my house. Last night we went to the Chestnut Hill Mall so I could walk for an extended period and build up leg strength. We arrived at the Mall about 7:30 PM and left about 9:00. It was almost deserted. Even the Apple Store, normally bursting with shoppers and browsers, was subdued. Many stores were empty save for a few lonely cashiers and sales people one could glimpse through the Sale! signs. I’m not the best person to gauge the state of the retail economy–I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been in this Mall in the past two years–but I found it depressingly quiet.