Black Friday

Black Friday
Dec09-1I hate to shop.  So when I need (well I guess want) to buy something, I do a lot of research before actually purchasing a product. Aside from the joy of eating and spending time with friends and family on Thanksgiving Day is the excitement of all the coupons in the newspaper.  It’s your first exposure to the once a year deals.

This year I was personally searching for two items.  One – a home theater system for my basement. Two- a vacuum.  I quickly found that no home theater system is reasonably priced.  However, there was a decent one listed at HHGregg.  When I went online to further research the product, I found that it was really only $30 off (definitely not worth an early morning fiasco).  I did, however, find another system that had a good discount.   I knew the product I wanted, now I just needed a plan!

HHGregg opened at 4:00am.   I knew I wasn’t about to stand out in the cold as frost gathered on my nose.  So I set my alarm for 3:30am.  Right on time, the alarm went off.  And right on time I hit the snooze button.  3:38 – snooze.  3:46 – snooze.  3:52 – snooze.  4:00am – I realized if I didn’t get out of bed now, I’d miss the possibility of getting a deal.

I threw on some sweats, brushed my teeth/hair and headed out the door.  When I pulled into the parking lot at 4:15, there were no lines outside, but the parking lot was full of cars.  As I went in, I saw why.  There were lines of people looped all throughout the store (each line was at least 40 people deep).  As I went to the electronics section, I saw my preferred item.  It wasn’t a Black Friday special, but was listed on sale on the website.   I asked the sales guy if he knew the price.  He said he ‘thought’ it was on sale.  I politely told him that I was NOT about to stand in line for two hours to buy the product to only be told that it was regular price.

My patience for lines is very short.  I looked at the expressions on the people already in line and could tell that the lines were moving at a snail’s pace.   So I left.  And, then the best thing happened!!!  I drove home and turned on the computer.  I saw the item on sale, selected the ‘pick up at store’ button and paid for it online….  In the heat………. With no line!  I looked at some of the Black Friday items that were in the paper and they too were available for purchase online.  Simply simple and simply amazing.  I then rolled over in my bed, turned off the light and was dreaming sweet nothings.

M.Y.  December 2009

Happy Thanksgiving 2007

“Happy Thanksgiving”

We all have things in life that we wish we could change.  If only we had (blank) then life would be so much easier.  Sometimes it is easier to complain and it often takes a lot less thought.  However, this week is about Thanksgiving and giving thanks.  I don’t care how horrible your life may seem, there are many blessings surrounding you.  The fact that you made it to enjoy another Thanksgiving is a blessing. What about the simple fact that you have two eyes and ten fingers to be able to read and scan through the newsletter?  Not everyone does.

The holidays can be a time of pain.  Many of us have lost loved ones over the years and this time of year is just not the same.  While I share that pain, I also find joy in the world around me. My past holiday traditions will never exist again.  However, I look forward to one day starting new ones. Sometimes you just have to be patient.

It’s interesting to me that the day after we give thanks for all of our blessings is called “Black Friday”.  It’s sometimes the day we act our worse.  You find people pushing through lines, stealing parking spots, cursing at the cashier and/or maxing out credit cards.  Thanksgiving needs to last more than one day.  We have to do better.  So while you’re out this weekend, remember to give back and appreciate the simple things around you!

M.Y.  November 2007