Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday Blues


Well for all you turkey day survivors we have one more gauntlet to run, Black Friday.

Consumers awake! This is YOUR time. Time to pack up the minivans and SUV's and head to the Malls and Shopping near you. This day has been set aside for you to save as much money as possible while spending it.

How is you say spending and saving money at the same time?
Well shopper logic dictates that if you spend $1000 to purchase $2000 worth of merchandise you are saving money. Never mind the fact that you are $1000 poorer than you would have been had you stayed home and ate leftover turkey instead. Only in America can we save money spending it.

Black Friday is the standard that retailers depend on to tell them if the Holiday Shopping Season will be a boon or a bust. It tells the retailers our willingness to spend to keep the long standing traditions of consumerism alive and the retailers themselves in business.

It could be thought of as the gun being fired and the consumers leaving the gate. Round the first corner it is Money Ho, followed by Spendin Glenda, and close third it is Poor Filly, as they round the corner Spendin Glenda attempts to pull around Money Ho, and she does it! Spendin Glenda takes the lead in the backstretch. But wait look coming from behind the pack, it's Retail Randy, he's coming up quick on the inside, but wait! Poor Filly is moving up! Poor Filly has taken the lead with Retail Randy close second, they come around to the last stretch headed for the finish line, they're neck and neck, at the finish it's Retail Randy by a nose! With Poor Filly second, Spendin Glenda third, and Money Ho fourth.

So it begins, consumerism is alive and well today. Credit Cards in hand they venture out out , abandoning the T-day leftovers, much like Pavlov's dog, the ringing of the, "Everything 50% off before 7AM" bell going off, commands us to do our consumerly duty and go out, hunt down the best prices and buy stuff!

Calls of "I saw it first", trampling to get the best deals before anyone else, and the honking of horns while fighting for a parking space, ring out across the land on this, the holiest of all consumerism's days, Black Friday.

While those of us with a bit more common sense, spend our day contained in our houses and yards or at work look on at the madness unfolding before our eyes. China stands to be the real winner in the game of retail warfare, a silent partner in the game, responsible for producing the cheap stuff that is being fought over by millions of diligent consumers today.

China, they are the winners, we are the losers. We just think we are getting a good deal.

43 comments:

DEN said...

Alan, from previous thread. All but a few are oblivious to the death and destruction being wrought in Iraq in our name. Most are clueless.

Truly a tragic day for the world.

DEN said...

I hope everyone had a Great day with family and friends, pretty basic around my house, nothing fancy.

As you can see the world has not stopped turning and the madness and mayhem continues unabated in Iraq.

So it is a time of happiness as well as sadness, much as it has been for too long now. I really hope with the new Congress coming up in January we will be able to turn things around to make next years holiday season better than this one.

Keep up hope and support elected officials that are doing a good job and we might even get our country back from the Neo-Con Death Cult.

Indict! not Impeach.

Carey said...

I don't know how one can be clueless on a day like today. (Meaning the masses.) It's here. At some point or other, are the guys coming home, or not?

Den, I agree, there must be optimism.

DEN said...

Two sides to one coin; prosperity and death.

Kind of a balance in a way, ugly as one may seem, without it we could not appreciate the other nor separate ourselves from it.

DEN said...

Anyone seen Deadeye Dick?, Last told he was having a sleepover with the Saudis.

And what about the First Daughter getting ripped off, while playing land speculator in Paraguay?

So many questions yet to be answered.

DEN said...

Edwards-Feingold, 08

DEN said...

Sometime in 2007; Bush and Cheney removed from office following indictment.

DEN said...

Sparks to get the blogfires burning, raising a ruckus along with numerous hackles, I hope.

DEN said...

Crickets Chirping!

DEN said...

Ok folks, dont all speak up at once!

C'mon in, set a spell, coffee pots' in the corner help yourselves to the fine pastries also.

I have to get some stuff done around the house, but will return later with a vengeance, (just kidding), but I will return.

Please make yourself at home here at the DWF Coffee Shop.

º¿carol said...

Hello, everyone! Yesterday was a GREAT food day, so great it put me in a food coma when we got home. If I would have been at a regular Thanksgiving turkey dinner I wouldn't have stuffed myself, but I was around gorme stuff, like smoked salmon and smoked whitefish, rare beef tenderloin and tons of other interesting things. I couldn't say no except to the turkey. I can make a turkey any old day.

Today I'm sorry I didn't make a turkey because now there are no leftovers. Means I have to cook. *yowl* Oh, well. Guess I'd better get going on that.

Gerald said...

Wow! This is a must read article!

Gerald said...

Washington's Iraq Chimeras

Gerald said...

Rumsfeld and a Mountain of Misery

Gerald said...

Rumsfeld was recently named along with 11 other high-ranking U.S. officials in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights. The center is requesting that the German government conduct an investigation and ultimately a criminal prosecution of Rumsfeld and company. CCR President Michael Ratner says U.S. policy authorizing "harsh interrogation techniques" is in fact a torture program that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld authorized himself, passed down through the chain of command and was implemented by one of the other defendants, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller.


Let us hope that Bush, Cheney, and others can spend some jail time for their massive murders and massive war crimes.

Gerald said...

More Troops???

Gerald said...

A National Conscience

Gerald said...

America does not have a money problem - it has a priorities problem. We silently tolerate widespread poverty and blatant inequalities. We give tax cuts to the wealthy, and budget cuts to the poor. We allow forty percent of our fellow citizens to go without health care. We demand lower levels of government spending, thereby allowing higher levels of economic inequality. All this, even though the provision of decent subsistence, shelter, and health care are well within our national capacity to provide.

If, as has been apparent these past few elections, Americans across the political spectrum are to inject religion into the national political conversation, it must first and foremost be done with the common understanding that God is not partisan. Religion is a source of wisdom, strength, and moral clarity, not a source of words to be used to gain political advantage. Religion, if it is to be used politically at all, must be used only to rediscover the sense of the preciousness of every human being, our fundamental connectedness, and the responsibility we all share towards the common good.

Our greatest challenge if we are to remain a great nation is not terrorism, and not Iraq. Our greatest challenge is to recover our national conscience. Many will choose to do this with the help of religion, and some without. But the only way to honor God's blessing of America is to become conquerors of poverty and ignorance, and not remain defenders of greed and arrogance. Only in this way can we actually be as good as we already see ourselves.

Gerald said...

Iraq Is Broke Beyond Repair

Gerald said...

We can withdraw quickly or slowly, all at once or in stages, but we should withdraw. If it makes anyone feel better, we can call it "strategic redeployment," and we can and should look for ongoing ways to use our financial resources and our technical expertise to help ordinary Iraqis and any legitimate, nonaggressive Iraqi government.

Before the war, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell told President Bush of the so-called Pottery Barn rule: "You break it, you own it." But Iraq is not a decorative dinner plate. We broke it, but we can't fix it, and we can never own it. All we can do now is leave and apologize for the terrible damage we've done.

Gerald said...

The only way to honor God's blessing of America is to become conquerors of poverty and ignorance, and not remain defenders of greed and arrogance. Only in this way can we actually be as good as we already see ourselves.

Gerald said...

Living the Sabbath

Gerald said...

“If you think going to church makes you a Christian, you probably think sitting in a garage will make you a car.”
—Garrison Keillor

Being a spiritual person involves more than just attending communal worship services. While celebrating the Sabbath is important, spending a couple of hours a week in a church, synagogue, mosque or temple isn’t all there is to having a deeply religious life.

As Alice Walker has said, “Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.”

Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.
Exodus 20:8

Gerald said...

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8

Gerald said...

The only thing that counts is faith working through love.
Galatians 5:6

DEN said...

Gerald, have you thought about getting your own blog? You seem intelligent and creative enough to have one, great therapy for the mind.

It is not hard to do at all, if you have a google account you are already half way there.

º¿carol said...

Den, I forgot to comment on your essay earlier. I don't get up at dawn to run to a store on the day after Thanksgiving. I've never done that in my life, and I can't imagine why ANYONE does it! It's so strange. I saw news footage today of a security guard unlocking the doors of some store and he ran. People dashed in all six doors and one of them even fell. What the heck? Sights like that make me think people choose to be in a controlled riot scenario just to save a few bucks. I can't imagine doing that, but it's fun to watch the TV footage while it's also mystifying.

DEN said...

"Shopping in a controlled riot scenario"

Yep that pretty much sums it up.

Not my cup-o-tea.
Online shopping is the best.
Stuff comes to you, not the other way around.

Jeanne said...

Den,
I was in the traffic jams of shoppers. I bought tires for my van and paint for the walls of my house. Oh and plastic for the windows. Pretty exciting huh?

Speaking of windows, I washed a few.

DEN said...

Jeanne, winterizing in Minn takes priority this time of year!

Gerald said...

Den, thank you for asking about my own blogspot. If I had your skills and capt's skills with computers, I would try to have my own blogspot. Our son will be visiting on Sunday and I will ask him for some help. His mother, my wife, may not permit it. She is upset that I post comments and a blogspot may be too much for her. We will see what develops on Sunday.

Gerald said...

Palestine is the conscience of us all

Gerald said...

Have we lost our humanity in Nazi America?

"What happened to other prisoners was much worse. At the request of the White House, U.S. servicemen and women, contract interrogators and CIA employees have beaten, maimed, sodomized and killed prisoners held in custody by the United States. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and in secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe, prisoners have been electrically shocked, water boarded, starved, beaten and frozen to death, suffocated with hoods, hung upside down until dead and had their flesh seared off with chemicals. More than 100 Afghan and Iraqi prisoners have died in this manner while in U.S. custody." Brian Moench, "Has the Military Lost its Humanity?", Nov. 22, 2006.

Gerald said...

We first fought...in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.
– Serj Tankian

Alan said...

I hope everyone had a Great day with family and friends,...

me too... I mean, I did. Not so much with family, but with alot of old friends. Three of us grew up together. Yesterday was 'family'... and you can't beat that wif a stick, but today was 'friends'. That's usually more fun, and today was typical.

haha *luv you guyz

DEN, you continue to impress me with your original posts. Good job brother man!

Alan said...

update: I've been 'cable' since you guys have known me, but it was AOL cable at 2mbps (faster than DSL at 1.5mbps). AOL is free now, if you bring your own broadband, so... I swithced from AOL 'cable' to RoadRunner cable (same fkn company, basically), kept my free AOL and the 7 addresses... same price but $15 cheaper the first 6 months, but even better... I'm now 5 mbps instead of 2!!! It's screaming fast! I'm consistantly at 4.8 mbps, and the Dell in the other room that's conected wirelessly to this router is at 3.5 to 3,8 mbps. Both computers are FAST!!
just hit my fav speed test web site and... it's a typical 4815 download with an upload of 340 (lots slower). check it out...
Speakeasy test

Alan said...

oh yeah, another 'best' part of the deal is.... I'm online, or at least connected, 24/7 now, whether I sign on to AOL or not (still use AOL for mail... it's not only more user friendly and has alot of features (unsend and others), but... most folks are used to my addy there. I have new a "houston.rr.com" (where rr equals roadrunner) but I barely use it and only cause I used "Limewire" to d/l MS/Office a few days ago (large file). That incudes "Outlook"... not "oulook express". I've never used that before so I'm learning, but still... AOL's mail program is lotz better and 10-times easier to use.
So anyways, I'm now 2½ times faster using Internet Explorer 7 to surf, and open AOL for mail. I got the best of both 'worlds' at the same price in 6 months, but even cheaper for now. hey!

Alan said...

Bo had a new toy (digital camera) he kept sneaking up on people with. Here's me kicking back with a brewski during the first game. haha
fat 'n lazy

Alan said...

Some of you guys prolly haven't seen me and my kiddos. Here's my simple lil AOL page...

Alanz page

Alot of those pictures are of my young local friends. Most of them know me by another AOL address with "DadEo" in it, and more than one on this page literally calls me "Dad", especially My, the Vietnamese girl... tho they are slightly older than my own daughters. To me, that's "priceless", and it means alot. *they've all met my kids too

kathleen said...

Yes Den! Americans shop while Iraqi's are burned alive, blown to bits in a living hell that the Bush administration created!

Most Americans are more than happy to listen to piped in 1950's holiday music, buy stuff that they do not need and forget about what a twisted role that we play in the rest of the world.

Consumer units pressing their pedals to the metal, rats on the wheel, programmed to consume and living the American dream (illusion).
While Iraq burns and the Iraqi people live and die in a nightmare that we created!

Gerald's Blog said...

From the boss!

If you create a blogspot, you walk out the door.

Gerald's Blog said...

Iraq is in a state of civil war

DEN said...

Alan, being around young people keeps you feeling young yourself and prevents mental aging, good job! What do you shoot in pool? 8ball, 9ball? Bar pool?

Gerald, sorry to hear you got shot down, not worth creating a big stink about though, nice try.

Kathleen, as long as IED's are not exploding in driveways and roadsides in America the cluelessness will continue unabated.