Friday, November 25, 2011

I’d Rather Hibernate Instead

Today is Black Friday (indeed, it is a dark dark day). The shopping frenzy has officially started, and although there were “pre-Black Friday” sales, today is when everything starts to really get into “holiday” mode. Everywhere you turn, you’re bombarded with sales galore.

I find it unbelievable that people go through the hassle that is Black Friday, but I guess they enjoy the hustle and bustle of finding expected (and unexpected) items at bargain prices. I have a friend who goes shopping every year with her mom; they wake up hours before dawn on Friday and drive to their destination and wait outside for the stores to open and then shop for hours. While to me that sounds rather torturous, it’s an annual tradition that they seem to enjoy.

I did try to shop at a store one Black Friday (hours after the store had opened), and I quickly realized that this was not a place I wanted to be. I wasn’t in the store for more than a few minutes before I couldn’t stand it any longer and left empty-handed. There were just too many people in too small of a space who were tired and grab-happy, and then there were the lines that were long enough to make Disneyland proud. [Pause.] Good times.

No, I’d rather hibernate at home on this busiest of shopping days. I’ve learned my lesson and I choose to stay inside and relax instead of dealing with the stress of shopping. [Pause.] Besides, if I feel the urge to spend, I can just order it online. 

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