Reindeer Games

I’m not one to get involved in the shopping frenzy of Black Friday. Matter of fact, Steve’s the one in the family to get up before the crack of dawn and stand in line for the craziness. This year, however, I caved. As the hours of store openings get earlier and earlier, it’s no wonder someone decided that opening at 12:01 a.m. was a good idea. Fueled by some wine, cheese and coffee, my sister and I decided to participate in the madness at a local mall. Apparently, 35,000 other people thought it was a good idea too. It would have been tolerable had all the stores opened for the event but, as luck would have it, the stores we wanted to shop were closed and wouldn’t open until around 9 a.m. 45 minutes later, we were back in the car and almost home. What a bust, but a lesson learned to not get involved in the marketing gimmicks of the season. Steve and Blair, on the other hand, got up at 5 a.m. to hit their geeky destinations and had no problems with crowds or merchandise. They were done in no time with all their shopping items in hand.

Next year I’m staying home where the only craziness is my family. And I can handle that!

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