Happy Black Friday


No one has been crushed to death in a Wal-Mart yet, but the day is young.

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  1. erinyes  •  Nov 28, 2014 @9:34 am

    I guess I could just Google it. Where did the term “black Friday” come from ?

  2. c u n d gulag  •  Nov 28, 2014 @9:45 am

    Belated Thanksgiving to one an all.

    And, as for today?
    I’m staying in.
    I recommend you do so, too!

  3. goatherd  •  Nov 28, 2014 @10:03 am

    I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. We had to put off our special dinner until today. It’s pretty modest because we are beginning a “health kick.” One of the many things I am thankful for is that over the last couple of decades, I have only been in a mall four or five times, and I am counting some places that most people wouldn’t consider malls. You know, “petit malls” as opposed to “grand malls.” So, “Black Friday” is a complete mystery to me, except for the sensational stories.

  4. Stella  •  Nov 28, 2014 @2:03 pm

    I think the day is supposed to be so profitable for retailers that they can count on their bookkeepers to use black ink on their profit and loss statements. Being “in the black” rather than “in the red,” now that we’re all shopping like maniacs.

  5. csm  •  Nov 28, 2014 @4:59 pm

    I’m still amazed at the extent to which society is controlled by things you are “supposed to do,” even when many of them either don’t make sense, or have no logical or even reasonable justification, other than you are “supposed” to do them.

    You are supposed to have a turkey on Thanksgiving. Not having one means you are deprived.

    You are supposed to gorge and eat yourself into a coma, watch football and argue with “crazy” relatives who you won’t see again until the same time next year. Never mind that they may see you as crazy.

    And you are supposed snap out of that food coma to fight with other consumers over “deals” on inconsequential items whose value is of little worth. And you are supposed to give these to others (in some cases, the same crazy relatives) as a token of their worth to you.

  6. erinyes  •  Nov 28, 2014 @7:57 pm

    Thanks, Stella. My wife just told me the same thing. Never overlook the obvious.

  7. Bonnie  •  Nov 28, 2014 @9:08 pm

    I like turkey a lot; but, my dad hated it. Thus, we usually had ham or roast beef for Thanksgiving. Now, I am spending the rest of my life since my dad died having turkey for Thanksgiving. I think it tastes even better now. I think traditions are nice. Although, eating until you pass out isn’t good on any day. Yet, when I was a kid and went to relatives houses, I felt I should eat a small bit of most of the food to make sure I didn’t offend a relative for not eating the dish they brought. But, I was just a kid. I miss the big family reunions. I spend most of my holidays by myself with my two cats because my family is either dead or scattered across the country. Oh, and I have a very crazy twin sister. I try to stay far away from her on holidays because she seems to believe it is her sole purpose in life to ruin as many people’s holiday as she can. I always hope that every one had a nice holiday. When I worked, I loved the holidays because they were always a day off from work.

  8. Bill Bush  •  Nov 30, 2014 @10:18 pm

    I had half a very nice pork chop, roasted brussells sprouts and garlic/parmesan roasted redskin potatoes. It was excellent. 60+ years of turkey and I am feeling liberated.

  9. Swami  •  Dec 2, 2014 @8:47 pm


    We still haven’t recovered from the financial walloping the GOP gave us.