i've been counting down since last Dec 26 ... are you ready? me neither!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

today i broke one of my cardinal rules ...

i'm feeling a little like the burgermeister ...

Burgermeister Meisterburger: You brats are under arrest.
Kris Kringle: Wait don't arrest those children. It was my fault I gave them the toys.
Burgermeister Meisterburger: YOU? How dare you! You are obviously a nonconformist and a rebel!
Kris Kringle: Have a yo-yo.
Burgermeister Meisterburger: [gasps and chokes] A yoooooo-yoooooooooo? I love yo-yos. I used to be able to do all kinds of tricks. Ah-wheeeee [laughing]
Grimsby: Excuse me sir, but you're breaking your own law.
Burgermeister Meisterburger: [gasps and chokes] Ooooooouuuuuuu, I've been bamboozled!

bamboozled i tell you, bamboozled into thinking this could be good idea - 10 million people can't be wrong?? OOooo but they can!! in my zeal to 'save a buck', i set my alarm for 4:30AM and arrived at walmart at 4:45 ... only to discover that the line to get into the store was around the building ... and after waiting at the opposite door from the crowd for 35 minutes, hoping that they would open it ... they informed me/us (me and the 25 or so other people standing there ... ) that they wouldn't open it until the line had died down - wow ... this is serious business. and as for Christmas Cheer ... sadly that has no place on Black Friday.

and really ... why is it called 'black friday'? i know the real reason is because the stores are hoping to be back in the black by the end of business ... but is that the only reason? i think not.
we could start calling it "black-eye friday" - there was almost a brawl outside walmart ...
we could call it "black-heart friday" - people can be ruthless ... are we Christmas shopping or what??
or "black-coffee friday" - everyone had one in hand ... starbucks could corner the market!
"black-outside friday" - that's what color the sky was when i left for the store
i could keep going but all i can think of is how awful people were out there today ... so i'm going to stop.

as i rounded the corner to the front of the store, still waiting to get in, i invited 2 ladies to go ahead of me ... wishing them a Merry Christmas! they were so nice and i visited with them as we meandered toward the door. when we got closer, i again invited a woman to go ahead of me ... to which a walmart-nazi said, "nope ... she has to go to the end of the line." the woman tried ... she lied and said that she knew me from work ... but he still was not going to budge. really? are you really going to be like that? what. ever.

note to self: do not do this again - it's not worth it! (even if you can save a few bucks ...)


Jessica said...

I haven't hit the early morning sales in years and was a little tempted to try this year. Thanks for posting, now I'm glad I didn't. I did go to Michael's last night and it wasn't too crowded.

Super Angie said...

Oh My Gosh! You should go read my friend Super Jenny Meek's blog--she got trampled at Walmart.

Rick and I got a good laugh at all your new Black Friday names--


Angelinda said...

There's no way I would go to Walmart on Black Friday. Shoppers there are crazy enough on regular days. I've been to Target before. It's crazy busy, but people are still polite and the workers are helpful. Also, Fred Meyer isn't too bad. If you want deals, but not the risk of getting trampled to death - literally - I'd avoid Walmart and try a different store.