November 23rd, 2007

Bday Sleepover, Sleepover, Camping

On why Black Friday is a family fun fest

I participated a bunch of years ago, with a friend who took me to Target and K-Mart and showed me the holiday ropes. I slept on her couch until the wee hours when we left for line. Back then, they handed out goody bags at the door. These days, we bring a tent to Best Buy, organize supply runs, and look for the precious voucher-fliers to stretch all the way to our place in line.

It really got rolling in our family the year money was really tight, and Flar took a look and realized the level of savings to be had on this one day, for the brave at heart. Since then, he's studied and listed and parceled out assignments and ads with circles and exes and all. This year, he declared no Black Friday as we walked away from the Healthy Back store with a receipt and a lighter checkbook. And the pickings looked lean. We lost a confederate to the day-before online offers. Brody concurred on the disappointing ads. But then, there were a few choice pieces.

So Flar and Critter bundled up - a little bit - took a book and chess set (did they start with a chair or two) and headed off to CompUSA. They called from the road to report. Gold. They were in line too late for the prized laptop voucher, but an enterprising soul parted with his for was it $5? Was it $10? Gaucha gets a shiny new laptop to replace her ailing (and old) desktop this year. They were heading over to Best Buy. ... They had a spot before Office Depot! And the line hasn't even compressed yet.

Flar came home for the tent. The sleeping bags, a blanket. Some pillows. A pad. (I know they picked up one chair, at least.) I sent soup and cocoa and best wishes. I promised support. He predicted 3am.

At 12:50am, I got the first call. Bring leg warmers, Mom, my ankles are cold. These pants are already too short. Bring a scarf Mom, thanks. When I arrived, he was there on the curb. Then he disappeared. He popped back up, and this other man, kind stranger, crawled under my car. Seems that mysterious dragging noise was my splash guard. A thingy that keeps road splash away from the engine. He didn't merely identify it, he tightened it up -- no scraping on my trip back home.

The thing you might not know. If you've never stood in the overnight lines? There's a quietly festive mood. We are not in competition with each other. We are all gaming together against the store. Play the game, save the money, bring home Christmas. (Insert your celebration name ← there.) Bring entertainment, but meet your fellow gamers in the line. People who never shop (meet Flar) participate in the One Big Day. People drive in from out of town, when you live in a small state like Kentucky where the stores oft serve largish areas. "What're you buying? I'm hoping for a camera, a laptop, a new TV."

So, the guy in the line? "Mom, he's nice." Critter gave him the hand warmers I found, and brought as a surprise. they're both dressed warmly, and it's a warm year. As they go. No snow - yet.

Oh, and as I drove away? "GameStop has 15 Wiis and they open at 7." By then, we'll know if Best Buy had any. Methinks I may have a stop on my way to my Life Group meeting.

Happy Black Friday everyone! I'm gonna go warm up my cocoa and do some more reading.
Anime-me meme

Meme to pass the time

Your Score: Chris Knight

161 Heart, 168 Genius, 158 Cool, 146 Excitability

Chris Knight - (Val Kilmer)

Real Genius (1985)

You are Chris Knight. You're brilliant, but you know that if you don't think about anything but work, you'll get burnt out. No danger of that for you. You're loyal to your friends, you love the ladies, and most of all the ladies love you.

"Moles and trolls, moles and trolls, work, work, work, work, work. We never see the light of day. We plan this thing for weeks and all they want to do is study. I'm disgusted. I'm sorry but it's not like me, I'm depressed. There was what, no one at the mutant hamster races, we only had one entry into the Madame Curie look-alike contest and he was disqualified later. Why do I bother?"

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Gary Wallace

Wyatt Donnelly

Peter Venkman

Jordan Cochran

Egon Spengler

Doc Brown

Newton Crosby

Paul Stephens

Ben Crandall

Wayne Szalinkski

Winston Zeddemore

Ben Jabituya

Lazlo Hollyfeld

Ray Stantz

Buckaroo Banzai

Chris Knight

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Black Friday, continued.

Critter and Flar returned victorious. Flar is warming up in the jacuzzi right now (something he did on coming home, as well); Critter is still in bed asleep, as is Tigger. Flar says Critter was pleased to buy things for everyone on his list, using money he made tutoring. Way to go!

Flar told me a few more stories about the lines. It seemed that Best Buy's outdoor line control was not as successful this year as in years past -- when the line compressed, many kids took advantage of the turmoil move up from the back of the line to the front. But he says they are even more organized inside than last year, and that has been improved every year. This year, he was buying something in the Magnolia room, so he was able to check out with no wait.

Critter stood in line for a Wii for Tigger over at GameStop, and got the 9th ticket out of 15. Once the tickets were passed out, he got to wait in the warm car with Flar, who had already done the second round of shopping at CompUSA and picked up breakfast.

I think there is something particularly satisfying about getting a whole bunch of holiday and other shopping done so darn early in the morning. I think it must be one of the attractions for Flar. Who, by the way, hates the cold, can't stand waiting in line, and does not ordinary consider shopping to be entertainment. ;)

I slept through Life Group this morning -- I only got 2 hours of sleep and didn't think I should push myself. Now I'm up, I've read halfway through my saved-up LJ Idol reading, and I"m about to get dressed and wake the boys. We're going to join Knight and Ro and others for a viewing of Enchanted, up the street. I might also just peek into Hobby Lobby with Tigger, clutching my 40% coupon and a my $25 Black Friday money from Mom. I think I'm in the mood for more yarn. More watch-caps and scarves sound attractive, and if this sweater for Flood works out, I'll want to make another.