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12 September 2005
Apple Stores - relation to Mormon temples (Part 1)

If Apple is like a religion then the trendy Apple Stores are its temples. The Apple Stores don't really count as cathedrals, because there are some "dioceses" of Mac users who do not have a Store nearby.

In my mind, Apple Stores are comporable to Mormon temples. Both are finely crafted from the best materials. Both are well lit. Both are designed in keeping with their brand identity. Both are closed on Sundays.

Oh, wait. Apple Stores are actually open on Sundays.

So, here's a table comparing Apple Stores and Mormon temples alphabetically by state. This list, Part 1, contains Alabama through Indiana.
StateApple StoresMormon TemplesWinner
ALnoneBirminghamLDS by 1
AZChandler, Phoenix, TucsonMesa, Snowflake1Apple by 1
AKnoneAnchorageLDS by 1
CA Burlingame, Corte Madera, Costa Mesa, Emeryville, Glendale, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach2, Northridge, Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Pleasanton, Rancho Cucamonga,3 Sacramento, San Diego, San Diego, San Francisco, San Francisco4, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek Fresno, Los Angeles, Newport Beach5, Oakland, Redlands, San Diego Apple by 22
CODenver, LittletonDenverApple by 1
CTDanbury6, FarmingtonnoneApple by 2
DENewarknoneApple by 1
DCnoneWashingtonLDS by 1
FL Aventura, Boca Raton, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa, Wellington7 OrlandoApple by 7
GAAlpharetta, AtlantaAtlantaApple by 1
HIHonoluluKailua Kona, LaieLDS by 2
IDnoneBoise8, Idaho FallsLDS by 2
ILChicago9, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Schaumburg, Skokie Glenview, Nauvoo10Apple by 3
INIndianapolis11noneApple by 1

1. This ranks up there with "Surprise" for bad city names in Arizona.

2. The Cohen family shops here.

3. Sometimes, when I'm having a bad day, I'm like, "Oh yeah! Rancho Cucamonga!" and then things start to get better.

4. Stonestown could use a little help. That is one pathetic looking mall plant.

5. This is where Ryan Atwood's secret Mormon half-brother worships. Also it seems to have been rededicated the same day it was dedicated (28 Aug 2005). This is odd.

6. Where Charles Ives bought his iPod.

7. What's up with Florida having all these New Zealand city names? They have Dunedin too, which is, incidentally, one of my favorite hymn tunes.

8. Hot picture of this one.

9. Not a whole lotta grass in Chi-town. That's why they put it on the roof.

10. Nauvoo. It's like Naboo for the Mormons.

11. I've actually been to this one.

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As a lifelong Mormon this may explain my almost-as-deep affection for Apple. Looking forward to part II.
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