Y’all, as I write this I am sitting here stuffed from a ridiculous amount of food. I am pretty sure I will be back for fourths
any minute now never eat again. Football is playing on the TV, and the children are being unbelievably loud and energetic given that all they consumed were a few bites of turkey and the chewy insides of about 4 small sized dinner rolls. (Kids and their high metabolisms just don’t fully appreciate the Thanksgiving calories-don’t-count-today free-for-all).
As I lay like a beached whale on my couch tonight, the mere thought of re-buttoning my jeans and venturing out to stores is enough to make me reach for another plate of sweet potatoes. Which I will do, as soon as I have switched into my stretchiest, or “most enabling”, pajama bottoms.
When I saw on the news this week that there were people who had been camped out in front of Best Buys across the country for days on end, I honestly thought the Mayans might be right. Maybe the world is ending after all. Because, y’all, seriously, what kind of deal on a flat screen TV would be so amazing that you would voluntarily miss pumpkin pie? Are people getting them for free or something? Does sleeping on the cold, hard concrete come with a year’s supply of canned cranberry sauce and a 55 million inch plasma screen?
Before the invention of internet shopping from the comfort of your own pajamas, I could *almost* understand why the 4 a.m. door buster sale might be an option. I mean, maybe you are sick and tired of the latest story of Aunt Sally’s bunions, so you use the excuse of needing to be at Toys R Us before the doors open in order to grab the latest Rock-N-Roll Elmo for $1. Perhaps there is the thrill of victory knowing you beat a thousand other people to the five remaining Cabbage Patch Kids, and your little angel will be the chosen one come Christmas morning. Running through the aisles of Wal-Mart while the rest of the world sleeps seems like the perfect way to burn off all the extra calories from the gravy.
But, here is the thing…These days you can accomplish the same adrenaline rush with the click of a computer mouse while wearing your coziest socks and sipping from a hot cup of coffee. If you are lucky enough to have a laptop, you can probably even do it all from the comfort of your bed.
So, I wonder then, what is the appeal? Now that you can shop online, why bother ever going to a store again? Especially on the day after the most filling meal of the entire year. Am I missing something here? [Don’t look at me! I even buy my laundry detergent online. I’d rather give up Starbucks than shop on Black Friday. -Lisa]
No really, feel free to fill me in if I’m not seeing the obvious benefit to battling throngs of people in the cold for the best deal on an X Box 360. But use small, easy to understand words, since the tryptophan has kicked in.