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  •  I stopped shoppping these days years ago. (7+ / 0-)

    The last time I did this, I was woken by my wife (ex now) in the early morning hours. Saving big money turned into long lines, bait and switches, and generally, the junk she was planning on buying was just that. Junk. It wasn't worth it.

    I stopped, said we were going home, that we were done. I was the jerk that day (of course), but over time, my ex was the one who decided we would do our shopping before and after those days. Granted, it took her two more years of Black Fridays to come on board, but it was all her wonderful idea once she decided Black Friday was a waste. Typical.

    Anything one does, especially on or around the holidays that causes another person to have to work is something I generally avoid doing. Going out to eat. Shopping. Which means fuel for a car and open gas stations and quick stores. Many of those mom n pop stores wouldn't open unless they felt they were missing out on potential profits. Even your regular gas stations would have fewer hours if people were not scrambling for one more deal.

    I haven't taken the paper for years. My ex had a route which I occasionally helped with and delivering papers is generally a thankless job. I know it supports locally, but at the same time, papers stacking up, even with recycling is and has always been an annoyance to me, and seeing people gripe and lie about deliveries you know were made just put me off. Sunday delivery is a given thing, but I don't want to be one of those people after seeing the way just a few people out of a few hundred behaved with their paper bills and the lies they would tell about delivery problems.

    Years ago, a preacher criticized those who worked on Sunday, unthinkingly forgetting the he took the Sunday paper, that we were in a church supplied by electricity, and that all our homes too had electricity and running water, and that we all used cars and fuel to get there, and he talked of those who sinned by working Sunday, forgetting the actions we all make that force others to work on days and at times that can easily be dismissed in relationship to our own convenience.

    Stop scrambling for things. Take a step back. Make some plans if shopping is your goal and make those plans in such a way that causes you and others the least stress and inconvenience.

    Black Friday should be about spending time with those who are important to you, or taking some time for yourself. Put yourself and your loved ones in the black with time spent instead of putting some corporations profit goal in the black on those days they have decided we should all be shopping.

    Don't be a trained pet for the corporations - you know - SHOP - sit up, speak, spend, and fetch. Instead, just sit (at home), and roll over (in bed) and stay (again, at home).

    -6.38, -6.21: Lamented and assured to the lights and towns below, Faster than the speed of sound, Faster than we thought we'd go, Beneath the sound of hope...

    by Vayle on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:52:31 AM PST

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