Okay, I'm getting up on my soapbox. I HATE this trend of opening stores for sales on Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving is a truly American Holiday, even more than Christmas (which is technically a Christian Holiday, despite that it is celebrated by almost everyone). Thanksgiving is that one day each year that all Americans should be celebrating, and by being open, the stores are taking away a day off with family for all those who have to work that day. And while I know there are those who may WANT to work, I know there are just as many who HAVE to work just because the store is open. Can't we just have one day where no one has to work? I, for one, intend to celebrate the Holiday as it is meant to be, being thankful and spending the day with my family. I will NOT be out shopping at all on Thanksgiving, and for good measure, I'm not shopping on Black Friday, either.
I used to go out on Black Friday and hit a few sales. It was actually a lot of fun before it got too crazy. I remember being in Uniontown, PA, visiting with family, and we all got up early and went to the local mall on that Friday morning. And it was fun! It wasn't crazy crowded, the folks who had to work seemed to be having fun, and we got some really good deals on things. Several years later, my wife and I went out to catch a few deals on Black Friday, and we had targeted Walmart. It got a little scary that year. When the store opened its' doors, there was a riot as a large group ran towards the electronics. I remember seeing one guy with three computer monitors and I wondered what the heck he needed with three? But it was just for the deal. They didn't need these things. They just wanted them, and Heaven forbid that anyone got in their way. Three people actually tripped and fell in the rush to grab stuff. I really thought that was ridiculous.
When I started to hear about violence breaking out at some places, and the crazy people who where camping out in lines at Best Buy in order to get deals on electronics, I determined that I was done with the whole thing. In fact, I started going back to work on Black Friday just because I wanted to stay away from it all. And I haven't regretted it. Everybody else takes off on that day, and it becomes about the "deadest" day of work all year. Only a fraction of my employees work that day, and it's so quiet and relaxing. I get a lot done!
Online shopping has replaced much of the Black Friday craziness now, so there's even less chance of fighting crowds. That's the way I like it.
Lately, I've been horribly sleepy at while attempting to update the ol' blog, and tonight is really no different. I'm out of it, trying to finish this up. With that said, goodnight everyone!