The mayhem of Black Friday

| December 2, 2010
Some of the brave souls who ventured out to shop during Black Friday.

Some of the brave souls who ventured out to shop during Black Friday.

Every year since I can remember, some of my family members have ventured out among the masses and braved cold weather and sleep deprivation to score the next Tickle Me Elmo on Black Friday.

Come early November, people are already beginning to think about their plan of attack for securing the best deals. Many people are wondering what the deals are going to be,  and how to assure they’re not among the disappointed.

I love a sale as much as the next gal, but something about rising in the wee hours of the morning to shop does not interest me. The thought of thousands of people stampeding through the mall in such a frenzy can cause me to drive miles away to escape the mayhem.
Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten. The dishes are washed and put away, and the leftovers are in the fridge. Movies have been watched, and the NFL games are finished.

Now it’s time to get down to some serious holiday happenings. And it appears these happenings are starting earlier and earlier every year. Some folks have finished their shopping before most people have even finished their first cup of coffee and put away the gravy boats.

I’m presuming you are born a Black Friday shopper or not. Is it the thrill of the deal that causes alter egos to surface?

I must confess however, I actually planned to attempt my first Black Friday adventure last week. Thinking this could be the beginning of a lifetime memories spent with my nieces and nephews, I was curious about experiencing something that has been a part of American culture for as long as I can remember. For me, it wasn’t going to be about scoring all the deals, but participating in something that piqued my curiosity.

For a number reasons, I decided at the last minute to forego the craziness of Black Friday shopping. I haven’t even figured out yet what gifts I’m going to be buying for people. And if I’m going to get up early, wait in long lines and subject myself to large and unpleasant crowds in small spaces, I really had better have a good reason for doing so. And so far, I haven’t found one.

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Lori Kommor

Lori Kommor, Columnist/Event Chair

Lori wears many hats: writing two weekly columns, chairing The
Voice-Tribune’s events and keeping the staff fed with a stash of snacks
Willy Wonka would envy. She’s a fervent high school soccer fan (go
Collegiate!) and has the raspy voice to prove it after game days.

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