Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll – Black Friday!

Black Friday is upon us once again. For any non-Americans who may be confused, the day after our Thanksgiving is the “official” start to the holiday shopping season. Stores open at absurd hours and offer huge discounts, and customers line up in the freezing cold to be the first ones to stampede through the doors to score the best deals. Supposedly it’s named after the fact that stores earn enough by that day to cover their expenses for the year, and therefore everything earned after that is pure profit (putting them in “the black”), but if you’ve ever worked retail you probably have a much different interpretation!

So how are you spending your Black Friday? Sleeping off a turkey coma? Shopping ’til you drop? Working? Hiding from the outside world because rabid Black Friday shoppers scare you? Thanking your lucky stars you live elsewhere and don’t have to deal with this crap? Sound off in the comments below. Or tell us about your Thanksgiving!

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

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I had gotten about four hours of sleep the night before Thanksgiving (thanks to staying up late chattin’ with the boy and then my dear, dumb friend texting me at 6:45 am to wish me happy turkey day), so I slept a great deal last night. When I finally got up, I took my little corgi mix to the barn with me to groom my horses before I turned them out. He’s terrified of horses, or he was at first, but after a while he was fine just sitting a few feet away where he could see me while I groomed and walked along side my little mare when we walked to the pastures. A neighbor’s dog chased him down the road, and the neighbor was yelling at his dog to come back, but dog was totally ignoring. I yelled at my dog to come back, and behold, he turned around and growled at the dog chasing him, and came back! I think he’s just awesome and I adore him. Then I came back and made a pile of pillows on the floor and watched Buffy episodes, and then showered and my boyfriend came over and we went and got pasta take-out, and then cuddled on the couch. Not bad! I hate being in public most of the time anyway, so I avoid black friday like the plague.

My cousin went to people watch at a giant outdoor mall and ended up in line at Target buying socks, next to a local television news reporter, and apparently now they’re buddies! If I didn’t hate most people so much, maybe I could make friends in the store like that. (No, I couldn’t.)

When I worked retail, we joked that the “black” in Black Friday was like the “black” in Black Plague.

I have mostly spent the day hiding in the house. Also the weather was beautiful, so we went to the zoo. I have no desire to venture anywhere near a store until about two weeks after New Year’s, when everyone is done shopping/returning things.

Black Plague, I like it! The only shopping we did was to stop at the local bakery to pick up rolls to make turkey subs (and I stayed in the car, so technically, I still didn’t buy anything). Took the kiddo to the bouncy castle place this morning and then went for a walk and played in the yard after her nap. We saw geese! Much better than standing in line at the mall for an hour.

I might head out later in the day, but I don’t have any specific Black Friday Shopping plans. I’ve spent most of this morning uploading some video projects and cleaning up around the house. I had a sprained ankle for the past couple of weeks, so the house has just gone into complete junk zone area. My goal for this weekend is to get a bunch of pictures hung in our living room (they’ve been sitting, ready, for months).

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