As I write this, Tuesday afternoon,
it's pouring down rain and depending on which weather forecaster
you read/listen to, we're either going to get a dusting of snow or
anywhere from 3-6 inches.
By the time you read this (there is
somebody reading this, right?), this weather will be forgotten and
we'll have sunshine with cold, for this time of year, temperatures.
Once again, depending on what weather forecaster is whispering in
Also by the time you read this, Black
Friday will be disappearing into the past for another year. Black
Friday, of course, is the one day of the year when you can find stuff
normally costing $500 for $98, making you wonder just how much it
actually costs to manufacture the stuff you buy.
But it's not really one day a year
anymore. Most stores ran "pre-Black Friday" sales and Amazon, the
Internet behemoth, started cutting prices to low levels the Sunday
So, did you still get up early Friday
and brave cold temperatures to get that 32-inch high definition TV
for $98 before supplies run out?
Hopefully not. Most stores either
opened on Thanksgiving or open around 8 p.m. that night. That had a
lot of people up in arms ("Employees should be allowed to spend the
day with their families!"), which has me somewhat baffled.
Kmart was one of the stores trumpeting
they'd be open Thanksgiving Day, but I'm pretty sure at least the
Sweetwater Kmart has been open on Thanksgiving for several years now.
I can remember buying a 32-inch TV there one Thanksgiving. Last year
I'm pretty sure, after turkey, we hit both Kmart and Big Lots to
see what they had. And we weren't the only ones.
Odd store schedules aside, what were
you looking to yank out of the hands of your fellow shopper? Hard to
say. As far as I can tell, there doesn't appear to be a Furby or
Cabbage Patch Doll to send people into a frenzy. And yes, I know
those are ridiculously old examples, but what has really set people
on fire during recent holidays?
If you're into video games, there's
the new Xbox 1 and the Playstation 4. They're both highly expensive
and if you wait a year or two, you’ll be able to get them for less
than half of what they cost now. Not to mention they'll have all
the bugs worked and you won't be left staring at an expensive box
blinking a light at you.
Personally, I'm not sure what to get.
My life has shrunk to basically being my wife, my mother and myself
when it comes to such things. Yeah, we'll buy token gifts for other
people in exchange for the token gifts they'll give us (wouldn't
we all really just rather keep our money?), but when it comes to
getting gifts in our small circle, we just look at each other with
One thing we'll apparently be getting "for ourselves" is a new TV. A Mitsubishi TV we bought four years
ago has developed what is referred to as a "red light of death." Meaning when you turn the TV on, the light blinks green for a long
time (giving you false hope), then stops and shines Rudolph's nose
I've researched it and keep getting
the same answer: Hate to break it to you, but you're probably
looking at a $400-$1,000 repair job. When it comes to TVs, guess
what else you could do with $400-$1,000 aside from getting an old one
I guess we were scouring the Black
Friday sale papers Thursday to see who had the best deal. I was
working but the wife took the day off and went shopping with her
sister. I told her to take the truck and not worry about tackling
somebody who might have the last TV we want. People never press
charges over such things.
Of course, this was all dependent on
whether or not we got the storm of the century between then and when
you read this. If the weather people start back tracking on their "dusting of snow" and "mainly cold rain" forecasts, we might
finally have something that could replace the Blizzard of '93 in
So, how'd it turn out?
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