28 November 2005

[zeitgeist] It's Just Another Color-Themed Day

Unlike (apparently) a lot of people, I was a little taken aback to find that the day after Thanksgiving, up until this year called "The-day-after-Thanksgiving", of "The-busiest-shopping-day-of-the-year", has been given the moniker "Black Friday".

Say wha'?

See what happens when I take my eye off the ball for a few days? Sheesh. I miss the old news cycle that closed down at night, but anyway.

For a day that held so much hope for retailers and the economy, "Black Friday" seems a pretty darned sombre name. Not that I could think up a better one; I thought "The-day-after-Thanksgiving" worked pretty well, and you don't mess with success in my world.

Then I saw the Wal-Marts. You know, the ones where people are lining up before dawn in thirty-degree weather to get in? And the appalling behavior in Orlando that hit the national news.

No, when people are lining up in front of Godforsaken Wal-Marts to buy stuff, then, I guess "Black Friday" applies just fine.

Oh, and if anyone's paying attention, please understand the following: There is nothing in a Wal-Mart worth lining up for before it opens. There never has been. THERE NEVER WILL BE!!!

In other words, if you're waiting outside a Wal-Mart before it opens to buy something, brothers and sisters, it's time you looked deep inside yourselves and asked yourself if you really need it all that much.

3 comments:

stan said...

PREACH! IT! BROTHER!

Although I suspect that the real reason why people want to get into Wal#Mart so early is for the rare chance to see that one shelf that is not in a total state of disarray.

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

You've got a point, Stan.

At last, in Wal-Mart, is a shopping experience that makes K-Mart seem classy and refined.

JABecker said...

I always thought it was only workers of Wal Mart and their families who actually shopped there. Something about their low, low wages precluding their ability to shop elsewhere.

I don't shop anywhere between Thanksgiving and New Years. I never, ever shop at Wal Mart.