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Black Friday. Friend or Foe?

Updated on November 29, 2013

Doesn't the abyss look scary

Really now this is a camp on the Colorado
Really now this is a camp on the Colorado | Source

Black Friday sounds so ominous, almost apocalyptic.

Black Friday should scare you! I must admit right up front that I have never attended a store worship service on Black Friday. It just sounds too scary to me. I mean “YIKES” just the images it conjures up are enough to scare me to death. I mean I see morbidly obese 6ft 40 year old purple, green, white, black and brown and yellow ladies in house shifts and warrior type handbags attacking me for being in front of them in some line that never ends. I think Dante’s inferno must be a part of this bargained for exchange. Or perhaps the devil and Daniel Webster.

Now I might be wrong and in fact I understand there is a lot of camaraderie in the tent lines outside of electronic superstores. I saw one at a Best Buy and it looked like a great tailgate party.

So let us look at my two mythical creatures. And I am quite sure they only exist in our minds

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What is this photo doing here?

Go figure. I took this in a coffee shop in Saigon
Go figure. I took this in a coffee shop in Saigon | Source

Now I am just an unsophisticated Country boy.

My first pair of shoes were moccasins, that we handmade. My first pair of shorts were my underwears and my favorite toys ever were blocks my grandpa handmade, and that my youngest now plays with.

But I must say we have a lot of Legos and your world is creeping in on this old man. Maybe in a few years I will be in those lines looking for the newest gadget at a discount for a then 9 year old techno-wizard. Who knows?

I wonder if I will be able to do it all jacked up on love and what is important.

So let us examine what is important internally.

This one is for my Oldest, this was/is our cruzing song -- Happy Birthday Hay Hay

I am important. Guess what, God does not make failures.

I just gave 25$, yes 25 buckaroos to a charity, they called me and it came through our connection with St. Judes and it is for cancer stricken kids. And it is legit. And I love kids and I love that I went through the cancer deal and here I am just smiling. So there along with a local thing and shipping off clothing for poor in Vietnam is my “Black Friday”. Oh yes and my son is with honorary grandma for the day and we will pay her 40$ so she has more for shopping. I would rather he was with me on this non office day. But it is good to let “grandma” earn some bucks and love her boy. That is real giving. Not a danged handout but love and deep respect. Amen

Back to what is important.

Your love is what is important. You are important to me. I love you. All the Black Friday crap aside if you are hitting me with your purse in a Wal-Mart line I just love that. Why are you there? Is your own personal reason filled with love and anticipation of riches for another? Or are you there to be the greatest mom or auntie ever?

That is really important to ask yourself.

Me I love my dreams of being so great that people just bow down and accept my lordship over them. True Dat. But those thoughts soon leave my mind. I kind of treasure them. But only for dreaming.

No sir! I would go shopping for you but I just cannot imagine shopping for me.

Get that concept. It does not matter what you buy, it matters who you buy it for. I buy shirts and clothes for my wife. No not her clothes, heaven forbid, but my clothes. When I pick them out at the thrift store I look to what she would like. I do not need to dress for myself. (ok I do just to cover up my man mummeries but other than that, no J)

Now shop until you drop. No it will not happen as long as you are shopping for others. I hear that just as many people literally shop for themselves on this day as they do for gifts, and maybe more than.

The man who lies here died, obviously

That is my Viet dad. He was a Paratrooper for Capitalism --- but he lived nearby on a good farm.
That is my Viet dad. He was a Paratrooper for Capitalism --- but he lived nearby on a good farm. | Source

Now about the good of Black Friday

Jobs, Jobs and more jobs. Yes Americans go into more consumer debt in December than all the other months of the year combined. We are not talking savings being spent here but credit debt. And I have bad news for you on that end. That is really good for our struggling economy. There are about 100,000 more security jobs created during this time. Of course most those filled by overtime adjustments and moonlighting, but still. Tons and tons of more clerk type work. And drivers and warehouseman get a huge boost this time of year. I personally try to buy American but hey I really do not care what person gets the job making your widgets, it is all good.

And even if it is not a spiritual awakening or furtherance most of the stuff getting bought all around us are gifts. And no matter the motive it still is really good to see people giving. So while I rail against the whole nasty materialism that accompanies this system, ease up on me I do like the good of it.

Environment

Whoa now. This month is horrible for my planet. Black Friday begins the totally useless consumptionism that I hate. (note that I just created a new word) I am writing this wearing 7 year old pants one of my two belts and a T-shirt given me by my sister from my brother-in-law after his passing. I border on cheap but my environmentalism gives me license to be that way.

This consumption for the point of consumption and not need is horrible. Drive down your street. Those energy sucking electrical ornamentations are probably two to brand new years old. These people drawing that much energy this time of year are in fact stealing life from my planet. And do not get me started on the pollution caused by all the cars used in “holiday” Black Friday shopping. Just the danged waste from the packaging designed to keep me from stealing products is enough to fill a landfill the size of downtown Boston.

And the spiritual environment? People using the randomly chosen birth date of a great spiritual person to rally materialism is enough to make me sick. Yes my little personal spiritual space environment is just trashed on Black Friday.

I hope that was a good enough rant on the downer that black Friday creates – Now back to normal station programming.

Momma get a ride and buy somethin for them babies

Let us wrap this bad baby of an article up.

No I did not give your lists and a test to take to see if you will be considered naughty or nice. And no you do not deserve one that you can check in with and declare your rightfulness. Sorry this church of love does not operate that way. But I promise you that if you read down to here in this article, you care.

And now I hope I gave you some levity and I hope that you will do this for me when you stand in those lines. Just close your old eyes for a ten second stop. And when you do so, I ask that you think or pray or meditate thusly: “when I open my eyes I will see all around me with love and in that love I will grow my own and be a beacon of love for others”

Now I can pretty much promise and guarantee and warranty with money back precision that if you do that your Black Friday will turn rosier.

Here is a start – send your humble author some love, old Grinch here needs it.

X O X O X O

You can skip this part it is just for family -- well and you.

You make me alive and real and even sometimes true. I could not make life without you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think there is any doubt that Black Friday is good for the retailers...and if you believe in trickle down economics, which I don't, then it is good for the working stiffs in this country as well. :) Having said all that, I love life, so every single day is a gift.

      Have a wonderful weekend buddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are my gift Bill. I do not need another one. e

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Ha like everything it depends on your perspective. I'm just not into Black Friday.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fun stuff --- that should remain fun. Isn't it wild to see the crazy!!!?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Where does all the shopping money come from on Black Friday? The newscaster just said that (1) Some of the items could be obtained earlier, as well as later for lower prices and (2) The prices today are no lower than the prices that were originally intended.

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      alexsaez1983 3 years ago

      In Canada, we adopted Black Friday to avoid people traveling to the U.S. to shop on that day, keeping the cash flow local. In the interest of saving lives, the sales last a week rather than a day.

      Personally, I'll never frequent stores on Black Friday. The stories of what people will do just to save a few bucks is sickening.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Love,

      I stand by my conviction that it is scary.

      I shall be a turkey but not that turkey!

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A great hub as always Eric. Our Black Friday is the one before Christmas day when all the workers begin their Christmas breaks. Many pubs used to be full on this day but these past couple of years many seem to be partying at home instead.

      Voting up Eric and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora the sad truth is that most items are bought on credit on Black Friday.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Eddy it is just a day created by retailers, here. I heard on the radio that at least 3 people died violently directly related to shopping. That is a very scary thought.

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      I just feel for the poor guys and gals that are forced to go in to work on Thanksgiving night because their store is having some stupid midnight sale or something. Most of the people you see lined around the block are just hopelessly desperate to be a part of something.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian, I used to feel that way until I spent a December without work. Then I did work in risk management and physical security. My wife never complained about the brutal holiday hours.

      OTOH I think you are right many are basically forced to do it to keep their jobs.

      Thanks for a great comment.

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      The Frog Prince 3 years ago from Arlington, TX

      From a retailer's perspective that is the day that traditionally they start operating in the black ink. So they consider it friendly.

      TFP

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      True dat. Frog P. One brother is retail and he is as happy as a happy right now. Strike when the iron is hot and get fired up for the season. Give and create jobs. Work hard and provide good service and goods.

      I just love my country!!!!

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      alexsaez1983 3 years ago

      I for one feel for the people at Wal-Mart putting their lives in danger for minimum wage. Maybe they'll get a "thank you" toaster.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I dropped into K-Mart yesterday and was surprised at how cheery the folks were. American workers are awesome!!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Eric this was fun to read, actually it stirs many emotions. "Dante’s inferno must be a part of this bargained"; yes sir I will adopt this phrase to say what I think about Black Friday. I hardly go shopping unless I really need something, and if somebody makes me the favor I skip and send another for me.

      You made some points that I never thought about, great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you darling. It was fun to write from the safety of my home.

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