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Friday, November 23. 2012
It's the biggest shopping day of the year!
Or, is it?
Well, okay, I did read somewhere that increasing online sales have put a real dent in the overall take.
Or, have they?
But hey, we've all read the horror stories, and one thing Black Friday does is turn average Americans into sale-crazed lunatics.
Or, does it?
Well, one thing we know for certain is that it's always been on the day after Thanksgiving.
Or, has it?
And certainly the 'Black' refers to the businesses being put 'in the black' from the mountain of sales.
Or, does it?
Perhaps we should ask 5 Black Friday Myths The Media Wants You to Believe.
And so much for those notions.
Myths or not, we seem to be overlooking that Black Friday signals one of the greatest events of the year, the official beginning of...
This year, let's all do our part!
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What is this all about? Is Saturnalia coming?
Who are these people?
Perhaps I am too far out of the pop culture loop to understand all of this. I am a Yankee. I hate to buy stuff. What I like is to eat good food, smoke a nice cigar, go to new places, and to enjoy the company of family, friends, and dogs.
I don't get it either - never have. The family asks me all the time - what do you want, what do you want and I keep telling them if there is something I want, I'll buy it - save your money for the grandkids and each other.
I'm like you - I just enjoy family, friends, good food (speaking of which, I had THE BEST VENISON ROAST Wednesday evening with friends. Apple wood smoked all day - tender, not dry - wonderful) and just enjoying the day.
Let the morons pepper spray each other, stampede and what not - I'll just sit back and watch thank you very much.
I think they call it black Friday because everyone runs around in the dark. I'm not going near any stores this weekend.
Well...you're welcome...I guess.
The 'Cracked' site is really great at myth-busting. If it's out there, they've blown it out of the water. Their movie exposés, like all the plot holes in the 'Back to the Future', 'Terminator' and 'Matrix' movies, is particularly good.
You know, it just occurred to me. If the male 'Occupiers' want to know how to impress potential employers, they ought to watch the men on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's video of 'Come Ye Thankful People Come.' That huge crowd of male singers is impeccably dressed to impress. Most of the Occupiers are so scruffy I wouldn't hire them to walk my dog. The choir guys look infinitely trustworthy with their universal neat dark suits, conservative white shirts and modest ties.
We're no people to talk, since my husband's two children evidently developed their fashion sense on the school playground. His son, who is now sixty, apparently has one sport-coat which he wears with jeans or khakis.
Tell me, kind friends, where did we go wrong?
The very first person to ever wear a sports coat with jeans should have been dragged out to the street and publicly flogged. He wasn't, and it's been all downhill ever since.
Got any other questions? That was an easy one. :)
There is nothing wrong with wearing a nice sports jacket with a collared shirt finished by a fresh pressed pair of jeans and decent shoes.
It's a semi-hemi-demi formal relaxed apparel look.
Ah, I see what you're saying, and I admit I was wrong.
They should be taken out and shot, Marianne, on both humanitarian grounds (because getting shot is less painful than being flogged), and, of course, it provides a "strong anti-incentive" for the young Tom Francises out there.
Thanks for clearing that up, buddy. What we needed was proof that "living oxymorons" exist, and your using the term "formal relaxed" provided said proof, and then some.
Black Friday should also be known as Blow Up Liberal Economics Friday. You know that part about about how evil and greedy corporations are. They get even more greedy on Black Friday by lowering their prices. And the part about how lower tax rates won't lead to more revenue; tell that to the guy that lowers prices at Walmart. How about how imports are sinking the economy. Tell that to the store workers that are getting lots of overtime, while their wives fill the whole Christmas list and still have money left over. Having a Walmart in the community even reduces the price of Christmas dinner by 10-15% over what it is elsewhere. Damn evil bastards.
Indeed. I bought my latest monitor for a pretty good price at Office Depot and cursed them all the way to the bank where I deposited the money I'd saved. "Don't they understand they're ruining the economy?" I cried in desperation.
Worse, if you read the link at the end, those lowered prices do nothing but endless damage to Christmas shopping as the shoppers turn in yet another disappointing -- if highly anticipated -- shopping season. Curse you, Red Baron Aqua Scum Office Depot!
I have to drive by a mall, a Best Buy and a ToysRUs on the way to work.
About 8:30 this morning the parking lots were less than half full, no traffic.
Bad times are coming I fear.
Interesting -- if depressing -- feedback, thanks.
Perhaps a) they figured out like several on this blog that they don't need the stuff or B) figured Santa Obama will just bring them free stuff since they just reelected him.
I was a little startled to see Marianne in the comments, then I checked the dates. All but the last two were from last year, but no notice and the links seem to be current???
And further, ???????.
"And further, ???????."
I know exactly what you mean. Remember, I, too, am a Maggie's reader, so I, too, have to read over my posts and be struck by the same astonishment and bewilderment as everyone else. That this person is actually allowed to post seems to fly in the face of common decency everywhere.
But thanks for noticing. :)