First, it was food. We obsess and dither over food constantly, counting points and weighing portions and eating fat-free, salt-free, taste-free food, and we’re fatter than ever.
People don’t even take the lousy two weeks vacation a year they’re entitled to from their jobs, reading and answering e-mails at work and using cellphones to stay in touch at the beach or in the mountains!
And now it’s Black Friday. Years ago, malls would open at 8:00 instead of 9:00 to catch early shoppers. You might have had 20 or 30 people waiting to get in. Stores started opening earlier, at 7:00 and 6:00. Now it’s 3:00! IN THE FREAKIN' MORNING!!!
People used to set their alarms at 4:00 (mostly women, because it’s mostly mothers who do the family shopping) after a busy day of cooking and serving dinner, and now they don’t even bother with a few hours’ sleep. It’s off to the malls as soon as the dinner dishes are cleared away. People claim they enjoy the camaraderie of waiting hours in the cold wee hours of the morning in a mall parking lot, but wait until the doors open! A security guard was trampled to death last year at one store.
Why must everything be an endurance test? Some nutjob was already camped out at a Best Buy since yesterday. Why has Thanksgiving, a day for family and relaxation once the chaos of dinner preparation was over, turned into a mad dash for the latest toys and trinkets? If you’re playing Santa for young kids, maybe I could see it, but do five-year-olds use the tech that’s being offered on sale, and only for the first few hundred buyers, hence the crazy stampede?
*shakes head* I’ll be working in my yard on Black Friday and then relaxing the rest of the day reading or wrapping presents, because mine are bought. I won’t set foot in a mall until after the holidays.