A favorite activity shared by many of us is the act of people watching. You sit, silently, and watch as the drama of the human condition unfolds before you. Given enough time, you'll see things that make you ponder the very meaning of our existence.
Here are the top 5 places for people watching in Amarillo.
Walmart...Any Location Is Fine
This is a given. There are entire websites and social media pages devoted to the "people of Walmart."
You see it all. There will be a guy in a fancy suit standing in line behind a single mom with 6 screaming kids, standing in line behind a guy in his 70s who decided today was the day to wear his tutu to town.
Walmart. Great for people watching.
The key to good people watching is getting a lot of people in one place. Westgate Mall does that, plus you get a wide variety of people to watch. Like the dad who was drug to the mall by his family and is literally okay with being anywhere else. He's got it written all over his face, just above the lifeless eyes.
You have the people just wandering around. The kids who look like they're anti-capitalism but for some reason picked the biggest monument to capitalist endeavors to hang out at.
My favorite is the new couple walking by Victoria's Secret, and you notice her check to see if he's looking...which he almost never is. Bonus points if you see a guy get caught.
Kohl's, Ross, TJ Maxx
These are good because they're usually packed to the gills with shoppers, and none of them have aisles that are wide enough. Trying to squeeze through the crowd is pretty good training to be a contortionist at times.
This is one of the best places to watch a mom try to get something for herself, while the kids find creative ways to stave off their brain-eating boredom.
An Hour Before Game Time At Hodgetown
The lines at Hodgetown always fascinate me. There always seems to be people that get there well before the gate opens and stand in line for what seems like forever, just to see the Poods play.
The best time to do some people watching here is on nights where they have jerseys or bobble heads they're giving out to the first batch of fans through the door.
Again, you see it all. You might see guys fresh from the frat-farm yucking it up next to someone's sweet grandmother who is getting really irritated by their bad jokes and pastel shorts, but she's too sweet to say anything.
You'll get an eyeful of kids being chased by parents, people trying to navigate baseball helmets full of nachos, and confusion on the face of people trying to purchase alcohol without realizing you needed to visit another booth first.
The Tri-State Fair
Honestly, this is by far the best one on the list. This is Christmas for people watchers. It only comes once a year, but it's so worth the wait.
The best part about it is, you have absolutely no idea what you're going to see and when. People let it all hang out at the fair, for whatever reason. It's incredible. Seriously, just take some random words and mash them together. I bet you'll see it at the fair.
Just make sure you stay hydrated. It can get pretty hot, and you don't want to wind up being the focus of someone else who is people watching.