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I work at Walmart.


A pallet,
for those of you who only shop in stores,
and have never worked behind the scenes,
a pallet is about four feet
by a little less
than four feet
by however high it is stacked,
often about four feet,
sometimes five or six feet.

Some special displays
are four by four by four, almost exactly.

I have been dealing with these pallets
for about 18 years,
but more so just lately.

This is the first time I have been
assigned to the backroom inventory crew
in the weeks leading up to,
in the days leading up to,
Black Friday.

Black Friday Riots

Stay home on Black Friday.

People have been killed on Black Friday.

Black Friday is just another day,
in which
and most other major retailers
simply do what they do all year,
but find a way to do it a little more.

Do not buy for your children,
they only need simple toys that are cheap
all year.

Do not buy for adults,
adults do not need Christmas gifts.

Adults need help from each other,
the help they might get
from another adult
who is mature
and self-controlled enough
to avoid Black Friday.

In the seasonal area
of Walmart,
if I may act a little like a salesman,
is an item,
for sale now,
not held back for Black Friday madness.

It is a set of dishes.

I bought one like it last year,
in January of this year,
I mean.

It is a very pretty set of dishes,
with a poinsettia pattern
under the glaze.

I bought it, because it was

Looking at the Christmas dishes in the Walmart made me cry.  For the first time since Pam died, I felt a desire to buy something for Pam.  I decided to buy the set of dishes for Pam, because I knew she would like them.  I knew that, because I know what she likes.  What she did like, when she was alive.  It is as simple as that.


A set of dishes Pam would like.

Originally posted to Smarter Prepping With Big Jack on Sun Nov 21, 2010 at 02:37 AM PST.

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