OK, this whole Black Friday thing has totally gotten out of hand. I’ve got an inbox full of emails about the best Black Friday deals ever. I have blogs crammed with people writing about the bizarre circus that Black Friday has become – a weird conglomeration of corporate retail and a culture that promises happiness can be found in a new 55″ TV. And then there are people bitching all over social media about the fact that stores are now opening on Thursday and how horrible that is. But let’s face it, they kept opening earlier and earlier on Friday and people kept showing up, so it’s the next natural step to open up on Thursday.
And I think that’s totally f’d up. It’s a national holiday. The post office, the banks, the government… they’re all closed. But now, if you are a Best Buy employee selling what are essentially non-essential goods – you have to show up (and you will because in this economy a job is a job). That’s ridiculous.
I’m embarrassed to admit that for a moment I was looking at going out on Thursday; because even though I know happiness isn’t in a big screen TV, I found a great deal on one and it’d be a lot of fun to play Assassin’s Creed 4 on a sweet flatscreen. And then I pulled my head out of my ass and remembered that this is supposed to be a time of mindful reflection, not mindless acquisition. So I’ll take care of my shopping on Friday.
But because I’m a solutions kind of guy, I have a suggestion:
Let’s give up the charade that Black Friday has anything to do with shopping for Christmas presents; we’re buying stuff for ourselves. And considering that they are already selling holiday stuff after Halloween, it’s not like it would be a stretch. Everyone could go nuts shopping on Wednesday, hit the bars for the their pre-Thanksgiving drinking, and then enjoy their family and friends on Thursday. No one would have to work retail on Thanksgiving (except in the grocery stores) and you could get a full night sleep to digest your meal.
But then again, if we did Black Wednesday it would only be a matter of time until it started creeping up and up. Pretty soon it would be “Black July 5th – Get the Best Deals of the Season”
I give up.
And while I’m writing. Here are a few things I’m grateful for and thinking about this year: my health, my family and their health, Helen, my goddaughters, my nephew, Colette, Chrissie, Amy, Pat, Mama K, Liz, Rob, Jason and the Ajax team, my work, RockStar clients, the freedoms that we take for granted that are denied many around the world, salsa dancing, Zumba, really good Zumba instructors, really good beers, people who are passionate about making the world a better place, funk music, the fact that someone actually read this far down the list…