Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving when the holiday sales begin in earnest. A stupid name, based on the notion that late fourth quarter spending will change retailers' red ink to black. Not nearly as cool a name as 'Boxing Day', that holiday celebrated in Great Britain and it's remaining pseudo-colonies the day after Christmas. Some people think it's the day to "box up" all those crappy gifts one received and take 'em all back for much better stuff. Au contraire. Originally intended as the day to give gifts to the 'lower classes' and the poor with all its feudalistic and classist connotations, it has now morphed into a capitalistic free-for-all much like our Black Friday.
Now, in addition to the completely stoopid name---Black Friday comes with some pretty stoopid customs. That wonder of wonders called the "doorbuster sale". When every big box store in the country opens at 4AM to sell $1500 HD flat screen TVs with picture-in-picture and surround sound for $1000. And people LINE UP for it.
Now normally I scough heartily at the folks who wake up early and line up and drive around trying to be the first at Wal-mart, BestBuy, Target, and Sears. You know the ones--the ladies who make their husbands get up too and wait in interminable lines while they ransack the aisles for every deal under the sun. Oh wait, that's YOU???? My bad.
BUT.....this year, I fell prey to the shopping bug.
AND BOY DID I GET SOME GOOD SHIT!!!!!!
Sears Kenmore Microwave oven, 0.7 cubic foot counter top model with rotating dish and 9 pre-sets including defrost mode...59 bucks PLUS a $20 rebate. SNAP.
Garmin nuvi 250W talking navigator thingy from Radio Shack, normally $250, snagged for $170. BAM.
Dress socks at Jacque Pennay of the Gold Toe variety, 2 packs for $5. OH YEAH.
SOOOOOO, fess up......
What'd you guys get?????