The following is an editorial.
Once again, the retail industry set the pace, opening stores as early as 6 PM on Thanksgiving night, provided they even bothered to close at all, and consumers flocked to the "sales" like lemmings hoping for an actual bargain.
Remember the day when the only services available on Thanksgiving were the police, fire department, and emergency medical assistance???
Anyone in the retail industry who had to work Thanksgiving Day/night has my sympathy.
As for me, my position of years past still stands.
I will shop and support local businesses on "Small Business Saturday", and let my fingers do the walking on more major purchases via the Internet on "Cyber Monday" next week, but as for "Black Friday"...
SOME DARE BRAVE THE GLOOM OF BLACKEST NIGHT,
QUESTING FOR BARGAINS UPON THEIR TREK,
HITTING EVERY SALE BEFORE DAYLIGHT.
ME? I PLANNED WELL AHEAD.
NO NERVES, CREDIT, OR CAR SUFFERED WRECK.
JUST RESTFUL SLUMBER WITHIN MY OWN BED.
("An Ode to Black Friday" poem reprinted upon reader request)
The above was an editorial.