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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday? I think not.



No shopping for me today. I don't care how fantastic the deals are supposed to be. Others can worship at the god of commerce; I refuse to get swept away with the hype.

Isn't it odd that people complain how commercial Christmas has gotten, yet too few do anything about it? Not buying into the Black Friday orgy of shopping is as a good a time as any to back away from all that.

For me, the worse thing about Black Friday is that it starts on Thursday. On a day when people should be spending quality time with friends and family, they go shopping. It's a shame that so many businesses are open on Thanksgiving, but even more shameful is that people go shopping then. If no one way buying stuff, they wouldn't stay open.

I'm one of those funny people who remembers who stayed open and who gave their workers time off. Those who gave their employees a day to celebrate the holiday will be more likely to get my business when I do start shopping again.

Hope everyone had a good holiday. I was very blessed to spend it with family and friends. Back before my retirement I did work many a Thanksgiving, but that's the life of a Firefighter. My lovely wife also worked many holidays, but that's life as medical lab technician. It makes sense that emergency services stay well staffed as lives are on the line.

Shopping is not a life or death situation, in spite of what company CEOs think.

-Sixbears

14 comments:

  1. ... why do we spend our precious time going to work to earn money to buy things we don't need...

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    1. Well . . . you and I don't, anyway.

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  2. Agreed! I'm old enough to remember when even gas stations were closed on Sundays and only two stores were open then - the bakery and the newspaper store.

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    1. . . . and somehow we got along just fine.

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  3. I believe that if they want to kick off the Holiday season, that it should start on Monday ! Following a four day holiday that all business should respect. All those which must work any of those four days receive overtime.

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  4. caught up on some sleep; besides never was attracted to the hype and lights of xmas shopping overkill.....

    Wildflower

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    1. Excellent use of your time. :) I'm not a fan of the spending orgy.

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  5. The only store that sees this face is the grocery store. I get all my shopping done during the year. Only if I absotively, posilutely really, really need something will the evil empire or any other big box store see me.

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  6. I see no need for any stores to be open except gas stations/convenience stores, some restaurants and pharmacies, since some folks have to travel and some folks may need their meds. Even then, most pharmacies are closed.

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    1. The last thing we need is for stores to be open so that angry people can fight over big screen TVs.

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  7. Bought some tortillas and refried beans yesterday. They was good!

    lol

    -Moe

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