To quote one of my favorite movies, "There's a lot of *attitudes* going on around here." (Yeah, that line pops into my head all the time. We need to have a Fantastic Mr Fox movie night so my friends will understand me better.) By that I mean, lots of internetty attitudes about the day after Thanksgiving.
To start with, I have to confess that I'm naturally a judger when it comes to Black Friday. Other than a fun morning spent shopping in Flagstaff with my SIL and family a couple of years ago, my main experience of it comes from the news--and we all know how THAT goes. Death, maiming, pepper spray, stepping around people in need of medical attention, spectacular displays of greed. People that stay home on this day only get the Drudge Report version of it. Plus I really don't like crowds.
But for many people--more serious bargain hunters than I--it's a day of fun community with family, friends, and complete strangers that you apparently share a lot with. A day for true shopping adventure stories that requires planning, organization, dedication, and physical stamina (um...none of those are my strong suit?).
So I've realized that if I were to participate, I'd deserve all the judgment that is laid on the entire group. I'd be greedy, ready for a fight, just looking for whatever tickles my fancy, seeking that impulse-shopping high.
But to my friends who scour the papers for deals on good Christmas presents for their families, or who save up for months for this shoppingpalooza, who spread cheer and laughter in this ridiculous activity--more power to ya. I hope you had a great time.
(As long as you didn't go at midnight on Thanksgiving.)*
*Some of my favorite people did that, so obviously I can't be serious.