My Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend:
-I saw family and friends for the first time in a while. It felt amazing.
-My 3-month-old nephew is the definition of ‘AWWWWWW!!!! Screw overpopulation and economic collapse - I WANT ONE.’
-At my first Irish Thanksgiving, I heard about a so-called legend that incorporates coyotes, leprechauns, saddles, and weiner dogs.
Does any of that matter in comparison to the list of appropriately deemed Black Friday incidents listed below? Fuck no.
1. Southern CA: Woman pepper sprays competing customers for an XBOX 360. At Walmart.
2. Mesquite, TX: Woman is almost crushed as people bum rush a discount movie/game bin. Again, Walmart.
3. San Leandro, CA: A man is SHOT after exiting Walmart with his family over his Black Friday purchases.
4. West Virginia: Shoppers step over senior citizen as he collapses, then dies. At Target.
Most posts I publish make Big Brother and Wall Street Douchebags look like assholes. That’s obviously not hard to do.
But, we need to keep events like this in mind when making our own individual everyday decisions.
We are the choice makers. We are the consumers. We are the ones who decide how important this bullshit is. We are the ones who choose to read a book, create something new, build relationships, raise our children, or sit our asses on the couch and watch that commercial or play that video game. And we are certainly the ones who decide to set up a tent outside Best Buy, then think, “I wouldn’t normally be able to afford 100 xbox 360 games in one day. MUST HAVE NOW…..Wait, is that an old guy unconscious on the ground? Maybe I should get help-WTF, is that 60” LCD for only $500?? If I jump over this guy, I could definitely get there in time!”
Do I love and play the shit out of my new Legend of Zelda game? Sure do. But I’ve never been shopping on Black Friday and pretty sure I never will.
All I’m sayin’ is:
'If everyone demanded peace, instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.' ~ John Lennon