Black Friday Aftermath

Posted: December 4, 2009 by Brian in Uncategorized
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This year, instead of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, my family and I headed to the Happiest (and most expensive) Place on Earth: Disneyland! I had planned to head to my local Walmart for some Black Friday deals but didn’t think that would happen since I had spent 15 hours running around a 225-acre park aimlessly spending dough, for example the $110.00 lunch we had at Rainforest Cafe! For crying out loud, the food there isn’t anymore higher quality than a Chili’s! Anyway, we left the park around 11:45 p.m. As we were driving on the Interstate 5 North, we drove past a Walmart where we noticed people in RV’s camping out ready to get their shop on. Although, I hadn’t planned on going to Black Friday anymore, seeing all these people got me in the mood. But I was alone on this, as the wife had clearly was not riding along. I drove home, dropped off the wife and kids, and took off!

I arrived at the Walmart at around 12:15 a.m. and the parking lot looked as if it were a Saturday afternoon. The lot was already more than halfway full and the deals didn’t start till 5 a.m. I parked the Cube wherever I could find a spot and power walked towards the entranced wearing a beanie and warm clothes. It was freezing. Apparently, over the years, stores, Walmart for example, would have you wait outside all night long, until opening time. At opening, the store would resemble somewhat of a cattle drive. Countless people injured, and some deaths, is what probably led to the new “Ticket System” that was in effect. I won’t go into any details about this severely flawed system but just know that it IS flawed.

After the night was over, I walked out with an $88 Power Wheels Jeep, a $98 Nintendo DS, and a $59 Tom Tom among the better items, and it only took 5 hours. 2 1/2 hours were spent standing in line for the DS alone, and another hour waiting in the check out line. I, for the first time, experienced nodding off while standing up.

I don’t know if I’ll be returning to Black Friday next year, but if I do I’m definitely bringing a team of blood-shot eyed, energy drink-driven maniacs, to come and help me out. Who’s in?

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