Excuse me, would you care for some Black Friday? Yes, thank you!
I love shopping on this crazy day. I had never done it until a couple of years ago when I wanted to go see what all the fuss was about. Was it really as crazy as people said? Yes, yes it was. And yes, yes I loved it!
I laughed so hard the first time I went out. I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot at 4:30am and laughed my head off! The usually-full parking lot was COMPLETELY full and I couldn't stop the laughter. It was hilarious to me.
Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same as I- that it's just funny and entertaining and if they happen to get a good deal it's an extra added bonus. I just heard yesterday about a temporary Wal-Mart employee who was trampled to death in their "doorbuster" sale. This tragedy makes me sick. As I've thought about it since yesterday, I have felt a range of emotions including guilt that I went out and participated in this purchase-fest. But I have let go of that because I realize that there is a safe and courteous way to participate in Black Friday, and I am grateful to live in a place where people are friendly in their maniacal-shopping-at-4am insanity. Almost everyone I came across on this shopping-frenzy was friendly as we grinned at each other sheepishly with sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed, left-over makeup smiles. We're idiots and we knew it. And we were friends, comrades in idiocy.
So, yes, I participate in Black Friday shopping. I have fun doing it. It's pure entertainment for me. I don't care that much about the "deals". What I enjoy is the pursuit of those deals and spending time with my mom, who goes out with me into the madness.