Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

I'm baffled year after year not only that people actually venture out for a shopping spree the day after Thanksgiving, but the VOLUME of people who still go out shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Personally, I boycott every year ... it's a small opposition, but I feel that I'm doing my part to stick it to the man (I'm sure the man is totally bummed out that he's not getting any ever saddening US dollars out of me today).

I've always wondered if the "savings" were really so great that suddenly putting yourself at risk of a major trampling made it all somehow worth it. To be honest, I've seen better deals on ebay, and you can have your things delivered to you, and you don't have to cram all your shopping into one hellish, nightmare of a day. So I have to wonder, why do people do it? I mean, in the end are you really saving? I guess it's a good thing that laptop was only $399 because now you need the other $800 for hospital bills ... IF, of course, you survived in the first place!

So here we are, another year, another barrage of discount, superstore trampling fatalities proving that you, in fact, can put a price on a human life. Does this seem weird to anyone else? Is stuff this important? Is that all we're about anymore? I'd like to think not, and I keep believing we're not so utterly blinded by greed, and possessions that we've completely lost sight of what matters, but I find myself in the same conversations as last year, "Have you watched the news? Did you hear ... ? Sad, isn't it." It is sad. I hope this post-turkey tradition fizzles into a distant memory, and we can all celebrate in ways that promote family, togetherness, and thoughtfulness, and not just stuff, and we can go on to have truly happy holidays.
I guess I am the true believer, just ask me about my thoughts on Santa! ; )

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ever Get the Feeling You're Being Watched?

No? Look harder, and in the meantime I'll type.

So it's been a while, hasn't it? Let's see, I'm another year older, and none the wiser I'm sure of it this time ... Halloween came, and went (grand total of 2 trick-or-treaters) ... then I missed my chance for an oh-so-clever "seems like just yesterday was October" post, then election day, followed closely by the 5th (which of course we shan't forget!) ... then I thought I could round it out with a cozy mid-November post, but I missed that by a few days, and we're still waiting for two more babies! It's been strangly calm, and busy at the same time, if that's possible. I'm sure it must be, how else would we get the phrase "hurry up and wait," surely there's a lot to that one!