Personally, I don’t get it.  I’m not going to the store at 4 a.m. to fight a mob for the privilege of giving my money to someone else.  I don’t understand why a retailer can sell a gizmo for $1.00 at 4 a.m. but at noon tomorrow it costs $2.00.  If they want my business they need to offer a reasonable price all of the time.  That makes it convenient for their customers.  The way this scheme works tells me that they CAN sell the gizmo for $1.00, but most days they take advantage of the customers and sell it for $2.00.  That’s irresponsible – especially in an economy like this.  Instead of helping each other, many people are still looking for a way to make their millions without regard for the effect it has on others.  I was raised that Christmas was a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.  Somehow we took the fact that the wisemen presented gifts to Jesus to mean we need to give gifts to everyone we know.  And the marketing folks and retailers have done an excellent job of making us feel worthless if we don’t give and get gifts during the “holiday” season – even for the people who don’t believe in Jesus.  How did that happen?  Okay, enough ranting.  I wish that, as a society, we could take a step back and re-evaluate our behavior and expectations at Christmas.  I understand I am in the minority on this point of view.

So what did I do on Black Friday?  I spent most of the day working on my truck.  You might remember from about a week ago that I was looking at new trucks.  I haven’t closed that door yet, but I can’t find what I want on the lot and I’m not going to pay $40k to “settle” for anything less than what I really want.  So yesterday I did a tune-up on my GMC.  I’m going to change the oil and lube the front end today.  I will be driving 1,500 miles back to Sea Base in a day or two (plans are still in the making) so I want the Jimmy to be ready.  Later in the afternoon, Sue and I went to a late lunch / early dinner at the Mexican Inn and then to the movie.  We saw “Old Dogs” with Robin Williams and John Travolta.  It was GREAT.  It was really funny (with dumb stuff for the guys) but is primarily a romantic comedy (for the ladies) without being too gushy to turn the guys off.

If you were among the 4 a.m. crowd, I am sure you found some terrific deals that made it worth your wild.  I was asleep still suffering from Turkeyitis.  Besides, it was too gorgeous of a day in the Dallas / Fort Worth area to spend it indoors shopping.  But again, to each his own.  I hope you have a great day today.

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