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Black Friday

Posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 10:30 AM

This month I have written about my birthday (Nov. 19) and Thanksgiving (Thursday) and now I must mention Black Friday.

As a rule, I am out there with the other "so-called" shoppers trying to find a bargain at three or four o'clock in the morning.

Shopping the Friday after Thanksgiving is as much a tradition for me as serving turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

I do most of my Christmas shopping on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving.

I get there with all of the others before the sun comes up. It makes me wonder if we are out of our minds to be there. Occasionally, I am not sure if any bargain is worth it, but I guess I forget because I am ready to go again the next year.

Several years ago I was shopping early one morning in Tennessee, and I stood in line for a very, very long time. I was the third customer from the check-out lady in the electronics department when I heard the disturbing words, "This is our last one."

I had wasted two hours of my life (and shopping time) standing in the line only to be turned away. If the store has only 20 or 200, I think they should count the people in line and let the rest of us go on about our business.

I did find the Nintendo DS later at another store, but I did not get that early bird price.

There is nothing out there worth fighting over, but I do enjoy the early morning quest looking for the bargains. Sometimes I can't even get close, but I just move on.

This year we will have the Leachville Christmas Parade on Saturday evening after Thanksgiving to really put us in the Christmas spirit.

When we were children, it seemed one Christmas to the next seemed like an eternity. Now it seems we turn around and it is here again.

At one time I did not like to give gift cards. I liked to shop for individual gifts. Today, I don't mind giving gift cards or cash. My teen-aged granddaughter says green always fits.

The technology is so ahead of my brain, I don't even know how to shop for what they want. They all have systems that take specific games, and I don't have a clue what is interchangeable or what they like.

I can still shop okay for my five-year-old and almost seven-year-old granddaughters, but the older three I need a little help on.

I hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving and a good day on Friday no matter what you choose to do.

I do feel a little sorry for the workers in retail. Let me remind everyone to try to be kind even if you hear, "this is the last one." Remember, it is not her/his fault.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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