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Friday, November 25, 2005

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (Or Feedback Friday #12)

Okay, here's one for ya . . .

It's the day after Thanksgiving all across America and what should be a wonderful time of basking in the fattened glow of way too much leftover turkey and stuffing with a bunch of snoring family members on the couch has become something much, much darker . . . Black Friday.

Yep, stores everywhere opened their doors at the butt-crack of dawn this morning for one reason and one reason only - to enable us as wide-eyed and drooling consumers to be sucked completely down the hideous vortex of embarrassingly outrageous expenditure. I'm pretty sure you could hear the collective screams of all those suburban soccer moms being trampled outside Toys 'R Us stores from Des Moines to Spokane all the way over in the Temple Bar district of downtown Dublin (Terri help me out here . . .)

So, as a response to the horror (and a way of spreading a little post-thanksgiving joy) I have a two-part question for everyone out there for this week's edition of Feedback Friday:

1. I want to know what you are thankful for this year. This is the part of your comment where you get to be totally sappy and let your heart just spill out on the keyboard.

2. I also want to hear about any bizarre or even terrifying Black Friday shopping experiences you managed to live through this morning. This is the part of your comment where it should get a tad bit freaky.

Can ya handle it?

This should be fun . . . or at least interesting.

Ben O.


Blogger JAX said...

My 18 month old daughter is a survivor of pulmonary hypertension something or other. I keep forgetting what it's called but anyway, she was born full term but her lungs did not work at birth. She was in NICU for her first 2 weeks of life. The longest and scariest 2 weeks of my life. I knew it was serious but I just had her at the doctors this week and the doctor was giving me more info on just how serious and life threatening this was. I was already thankful for her but now that I realize I could have lost her, I appreciate her a gajillion times more. How's that for sappy?

I wish I had a good black friday story for you but I'm too smart to leave my house on that day. The stupidest thing I ever did was try to get inside an FAO Shwarz in NYC about 3 years ago on Black Friday. Needless to say, I didn't make it past the front door.

8:45 PM  
Blogger JAX said...

PS, speaking of Ireland, I have a picture of a similar creature I took on my last Ireland adventure.

8:46 PM  
Blogger beadinggalinMS said...

I am thankful for my family, friends, my life, my chance to get mushy posting about thankful stuff, my blogger friends, joys and pains of motherhood, thankful that hurricane Katrina didnt completely blow me and my house away.

I do not shop on Black Friday cause of the freaky, weird, over crazed shoppers I wait till Christmas eve when there are more people. Shopping on Christmas eve at K-mart in Saint Louis MO. was the weirdest and scariest time. People are crazy snatching things out your hands, running over you with carts, stepping over stuff in the aisles. Vowed never to do that again so I moved out of the city.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Underachiever said...

Benny O.

Ok I am thankful for not having a goiter.

worst Black friday experience:

Currently I am under a pile of women fighting over a 20 cent glow in the dark thong. HELP.ME.


ps thankful for the goiter thing and family and friends and my bookie and my stunt double Eric Estrada. but mostly my family and friends.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

So that's what that strange screeching noise was. And here I thought it was the cry of a thousand banshees carried on the winds of the arctic storm that hit us yesterday...

I'm South African, or Irish, sometimes I forget which, so I don't have any Black Friday experiences. But I can say I'm thankful for my loving husband and all the family & friends all over the world who care about me. And for central heating, without which I would surely have become an icicle by now.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Lingo Slinger said...

What is this Black Friday you speak of? I feel like i'm missing out on something! Is it because i'm up here in the Great White North?

9:21 AM  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

Black Friday?

I am mostly thankful for my beautiful children and caring b/friend. I am also thankful for not being in the cold like most of you are. One good think of living in South Africa!! I am also thankful to Terri for introducing me to the blogworld!!

4:01 AM  
Anonymous rollin said...

I am thankful for my daughter, who just 9 months ago was in an orphanage in China and had no idea what was about to happen to her!

Black Friday... hmmm... well, I went to Amazon.com to order a book, and I like, didn't see a single person shopping there! I did, however, venture out to Bass Pro Shops on Saturday with Sydney in a stroller. I expected a mob scene, but got in and out (apparently) before it filled up. That was really freaky...

9:13 AM  
Blogger jenbeauty said...

I am very thankful for my family and close friends. Without them life would not be fun.

Shopping was horrid Friday morning. I had a great time last year, but this year people were much ruder, stores were much more crowded.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

where are you?

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since I have survived cancer, I am really thankful for my good health and that of my family. And I am thankful for my sweet, wonderful family, each and every one of them!

It was actually freaky Saturday, and we tried to make a quick stop at an outlet mall to get Christmas boxers for you-know-who and we got in the worst traffic jam we've been in anywhere in a long time!!As soon as we could, we headed for the nearest exit - minus the boxers. Don't worry, I'll try again. Love you, MOM

3:24 PM  
Blogger NYPinTA said...

I am thankful for the internet so that I don't have to go shopping on Black Friday.
One year, my dad dragged my sister, mother, and me to the mall on Black Friday way before I even knew what it was and I had no idea why the mall was so crowded. We didn't know why we were there because my dad never said. After a little while we left without buying anything because my mother hates long lines.
What a waste of time that was.
Silly dad. What was he thinking?

Oh. I am also thankful for chocolate cream pie. Man I love that stuff!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Ben O. said...

Jax - That is really something to be thankful for, for sure. The Feedback Friday picture is of Hamish the Highland Bull. We took that picture as we hand fed him (it is totally true, you can't make this sort of thing up) in the Scottish countryside. Absolutely beautiful.

Beading Gal - I think you touched on a big one . . . our Blogging Friends. It is strange, but I almost feel like I actually know some of you people. I second the notion that we should take some time to be thankful for our blogging buddies.

Undr - Read my lips - nothing good can ever come of a glow-in-the-dark thong. It is one of Murphy's Laws, I'm almost certain of it. Right after "Never kick a gorilla in the nuts, no matter how fast you think you can run."

Terri - glad you have central heating. It has actually been very mild here in beautiful Colorado. I WANT MORE SNOW.


Lingo - I wouldn't worry too much about missing out on the single most absurd shopping nightmare this side of a beanie-baby convention.

Buddess - dude, I want to get to S. Africa. Sounds devine . . . and warm.

Rollin - That is so cool about your daughter. I didn't know that was the story concerning your adoption of her. That is really something to be thankful for. Funny Amazon story - next time try it in your undies.

Jenbeauty - I totally agree.

Sadie - sorry, I have been really busy and noticeably absent from my lil' bloggie poo for sure. I am letting the avid loyal Procrastination Station readers down and I know it. I will mail out coupons as a way of saying thanks for sticking with me through this trying time.

Seriously, just some scheduling adjustments - I'm not going anywhere. I just might not be Captain MacFirsties quite as often. Thanks for asking, though - It feels sorta good to be missed.

Hey everyone - say hello to Mom O!
What do you mean no boxers? That traffic sounds like it was pretty bad. We need to start a collection for Ben O's Christmas Boxer fund. Please send all money to me at my house. Thanks in advance. (I love being able to say whatever I feel like saying.)

Nypinta - totally second the cream pie thankfulness. Nice choice.

Ben O.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

At the moment, I'm thankful that I still have a job (fingers crossed for the New Year when my company announces yet more lay-offs). I'm always thankful for my friends and I'm thankful that my church was able to avoid being closed by merging w/another one and thereby thumbing our noses at the Archdiocese.

Like Jax I was too darn smart to leave my house Friday (until it was time to go to the Symphony) and Saturday. I did go to Target on Sunday and it wasn't bad at all as a new one opened nearby and people are going to that one instead.

5:51 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Ben O,
that was close. I was afraid something awful had happened to you and I would be without my weekly dose of Feedback Friday and even more of a loss--daily interjections on my blog.
You scared me, brother.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I'm thankful that I didn't get caught!

Black Friday... I stayed on the net... [learned a good lesson years ago].

5:54 PM  

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