Ah yes, Black Friday. But before we get to that, did you have a nice Thanksgiving? I did. It was hectic but enjoyable.
Having the power to write the day as I saw fit, I made Black Friday the antithesis of Thursday. I spent it on the sofa.
Instead of running around the kitchen two steps ahead of myself in the throes of dinner preparations, my legs were folded under my laptop and my Blankie was draped over my shoulders, keeping me warm.
Rather than barking orders at my charges, in the nicest tone I could muster, I spent Black Friday petting the sleeping cat beside me. Cats have the right idea. Cats rule.
Stirring the gravy was replaced with stirring my muse.
I don't remember how many years ago it was dubbed Black Friday but I understand the concept. It's an accounting term, the day retailers turn their bottom line from debt-red to profit-black by offering shoppers irresistible deals. It's a hopeful, prosperous sort of prediction, a win-win and bargain hunters eat it up, scampering from one store to another, frantic to fill their cart before the "sold out" signs go up. Some, like a woman cited on this evening's news, use pepper spray as a form of crowd control. She's serious. And maybe in jail.
Do you shop on Black Friday? Were you a member of the mega crowd lined up in front of Target? If so I commend you. You're good for the economy. You probably have all your Christmas shopping done and you're working on the wrapping and mailing when you're not organizing your medicine cabinet. You rock.
Me, I'm more of a last minute person. Around the third week of December I start to feel motivated to get a few items. Somehow it all works out. Once I figure out how, I'll let you know.
I'm convinced that my single-handed defiance won't cause any kind of uproar. I don't have enough cache to sway public opinion and I doubt Wall Street is in a dither. I don't have any plans to form an anti-Black Friday crusade. Others can do that. Maybe those "Occupy" people. They're better suited for such undertakings.
Although global revolutions have their place, I'm more interested in pursuing personal ones. But some things probably won't be revolutionized any time soon. I'm pretty set in my ways on this one. Likely, I'll spend next year's Black Friday exactly how I spent this one, sitting on my couch with my legs folded under my laptop and my Blankie keeping me warm and maybe after awhile, I'll get up and get some leftover turkey and give a tiny nibble to my cat.
How did you spend your Black Friday? Be honest.