Saturday, November 26, 2011
Avoiding the accumulation blues
I stopped for a coffee yesterday on the way home from the doctor's office, and the man at the drive up window said, "Happy Black Friday! What can I get for you today?"
I almost rolled up my window and drove away. When did "Black Friday" become a holiday? I don't even remember it having a name until a couple years ago. Until then, there was a general understanding among the Sane of this Earth, that one only left the house on Friday after Thanksgiving in the most desperate circumstances--you were in labor, or choked on a turkey bone--lest you get caught up in the rush of madwomen at Toys R Us who would pound one another for the right to purchase a Cabbage Patch Doll.
Forgive me for being a curmudgeon. I'm still trying to get rid of stuff that I've accumulated with much less effort and cash.
The Anchoress also has a post on the Black Friday problem, along with some good gift ideas for the person who has everything.