Hey everyone – I want to apologize for not writing too much recently.
I’ve been slammed at work (why are people so much more litigious before and after holidays?), and I also had a little injury this week – I now have a very black and blue arm as trophy (no, Dave didn’t beat me up). If all that wasn’t enough, I had an earache that necessitated a visit to an ENT doctor. But all this is nothing compared to Black Friday, heh heh.
Seriously, can we talk about Black Friday (followed by Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday)? What do you think? The hype gets me crazy. Yes, I’ve done more than my share of online shopping this past week or three with sales from stores like J Crew, Nordstrom and Ulta, but I didn’t go (too) nuts. And, yes, I diligently used shopping portals and promo codes. Yaas. But, I didn’t go for any big deals – did you find any? Speaking of deals, there have been some good airfare award sales, don’t you agree? Delta has really been shining recently, hasn’t it?
But, my gripe with Black Friday, is the frenzy which results in purchases not only of what one needs or wants, but more than that, and even more than that (and this is even more problematical for those who may not be able to afford such spending). Oh, I can’t wait for the videos of the stampedes at the big stores when they open their doors Friday morning.
I rather like REI’s campaign – it’s called #OptOutside. They close the stores on Black Friday and encourage their employees (and customers) to spend time outdoors instead of shopping. They even offer to help you find your adventure!
Tomorrow morning, I am planning my traditional Thanksgiving morning. I watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade from inside Central Park. Then I’ll pack and get to the airport.
Friday morning, I’ll be arriving in Reykjavik just as everyone is lining up getting ready to trample one another at Walmart and Best Buy. Not that the Black Friday concept hasn’t taken off worldwide – it has. I saw this in Ho Chi Minh City two years ago:
I’m sure I’ll check in with some of my pals to see if there are any really good deals to cash in on, but I’ll mainly be looking at geysers and geothermal stuff and hoping the aurora borealis decides to shine it’s pretty lights on me.
What are your plans this holiday weekend?
Whatever you do, shine on, and enjoy!