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On why Black Friday is a family fun fest
Bday Sleepover, Sleepover
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.

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Holy Cow. I have a new respect for this wonderful day of the year. I had no idea.

I was surprised. It's kind of neat to see the positive side of people-in-numbers. Community. Even in a line.

It's 4:10 am. I just came from Best Buy. Not to shop, but to drop off my boyfriend at work. I did the BF craziness in 2004 and said NEVER AGAIN. There is no "discount" or "sale" price that's worth it.

Of course, I hardly buy gifts anymore anyway! (I'm one of those who thinks the true meaning of Christmas was lost to the commercials a long time ago. Bah Humbug. LOL)

And for the record, I bought my Wii on eBay... in April. Wii, 5 GameCube games, and an extra Wii Remote for $325. :)

I started out at 8, cause for super bargains I'm still not sleeping on the street, not for $100 off a TV, which was about the best offers.

The $400 Compaq offer at Best Buy woulda been nice, but there was a line just to LOOK at the computers before the line to PAY for them. and everyone was rude, every employee.

Same at Circuit City.

Ended up getting a usually $479 TV and a new DVD player + all the warranties and extras, etc. for about $500 and that's the with tax price. Plus no interest for $18 months.

Should mention got the 500 GB external harddrive from Target for $87.

Also... Target and Sears? Like No lines... actually Sears, NONE AT ALL! Everyone was at CC and BB.

I swore off Circuit City after last year. Ours is way too disorganized, and their checkout system is long and tedious when it works right, even longer if anything goes wrong.

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