Friday, November 23, 2007

random

Something about watching the people lined up to go shopping at those big box stores 12 hours before they open, the ones who spend the night on the cold hard concrete so they can be first inside makes me want to weep.

30 comments:

slouching mom said...

You and Chani, both.

And me as well.

I do, however, also fault the corporations for creating the frenzy in the first place.

PunditMom said...

You said it. I forget what the exact figure was that a reporter quoted on CNN this morning as they were doing a live shot from Best Buy, but even with people "cutting back," there are estimating we will spend billions for the holidays.

It makes me want to cry to think of what that money could be used for that would do some good rather than buy more plasma TVs and cheap, dangerous toys.

Sober Briquette said...

my daughter's school is closed on monday, too, so I was saying I wished we could go away somewhere to the mother of one of her classmates. She is from India, and they cannot wait to go back there. They have very little because they will not take it with them if her husband's company sends him back. But their plans for the weekend were "Buying Electronics." I was pretty surprised. especially because over the summer they went sightseeing places I have never been in an entire lifetime living on the East coast.

Her Grace said...

Yesterday, my mom said, "You couldn't pay me to enter (mane your big box store here) tomorrow. Not even for $100. Not for $500."

I had to agree with her.

Amy Y said...

If it weren't so pathetic, it'd be laughable, eh?

Blog Antagonist said...

Count me in with that sentiment. It's very disheartening that the season has become all about the stuff. It really bums me out.

The boys' schools do several charity events, and we try to participate in those as much as possible because my kids are completely inundated by materialism here in the land of affluence.

kiki said...

There's a mall up here that opened last night at midnight, for all the hardcore shoppers. It's very depressing to me - the lines of people, the pushing and crowding.

Thankfully I have a pitcher of margaritas, just wish your family of three was here to enjoy with us.

flutter said...

I don't do the big box thing. But people sleeping outside on the concrete to be first for anything strikes me as frivolous.

And so, I don't participate and if more people didn't, it would go away.

metro mama said...

Gross, isn't it.

Lawyer Mama said...

Ditto.

deb said...

Kind of ironic, isn't it? They're willingly doing what so many people have to endure, unwillingly. Sleeping outside, on the cement.

painted maypole said...

it's really, truly disgusting.

Julie Pippert said...

Yes, I understand.

It makes me feel tired.

Julie
Using My Words

Karen said...

yes and also so grateful that somehow something or someone got my attention at some point in my life and I'm not trapped into believing that I must do that in order to give the people I love wonderful gifts at this season.

ps
spent our day inside with kids, pie and boardgames. happy, happy me!

L.P. said...

i feel sad for the kids that are dragged around by their idiot parents who do that. some people really need to be slapped. or they need to look into the mirror and slap themselves. even better.

slackermommy said...

Yeah, I don't get it. I can honestly say that I have never shopped on Black Friday. Sadly, you, me and your commenters here are the minority.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

I am thankful that I live in a town so remote I don't even have to see that! Of course, the radio is full of commentary on it (which is why I shut it off). I'm with Her Grace's mum...you couldn't pay me to go shopping on the day after turkey day (truth be told you can harldy ever get me to go shopping even for groceries).

hele said...

This post made me feel better about Christmas:http://kerrdelune.blogspot.com/2007/11/mama-says-om-giving.html

I'm thinking of you a lot lately and sending much love, admiration and moments when things suddenly make sense to me your way.

blooming desertpea said...

That's something I never understood and never will ....

Kevin said...

It makes me even more sad to see folks injure and trample others to break through the doors to save a buck on some piece of this-or-that that they don't even need.

I am happy to say that my family fully observed "Buy Nothing Day" yesterday!

QT said...

Count me in on this chorus.

Out of all the things in this world you feel strongly enough to sleep outside in the cold for, it is to pay someone else for a bundle of plastic and wires?

How can we redirect this energy? If only I could think of a way...

Janet said...

I slept outside for tickets to a Depeche Mode concert when I was a teenager.

But outside a big box store? Never.

Magpie said...

Yes.

Malls in general appall me. Shopping kind of appalls me - though I understand the necessity of buying toilet paper and milk. But that big box store thing? I just don't get.

Mrs. Chicky said...

I'm with you. The only thing worse is hearing about the fistfights and hair pulling that happens when someone doesn't get what they want.

baby~amore' said...

Me too we ignore those big store sales

The Chick said...

Preach it, preach it, preach it sista!

mitzh said...

I still don't get those people... :(

crazymumma said...

Weep with the stupidity of it all?

I once spent the night outside a mall to be close to first in line to get Bowie tickets (Heroes tour). I was 16 and I got floor seats.

Now that was not stupid. That was an excercise of passion. But for a big box of stuff? Nah. Life's too short.

mamatulip said...

Me too. I've never understood Black Friday. We don't have it here. Granted, yes, we have big sales around this same time, but I've always felt it's done so that we don't feel left out.

Ally said...

I agree. Sick.