Friday, November 26, 2010

These are not my people.

So the local TeeWee station was covering the annual 0mygod30 stampede at the gates of the local temples of commerce, as people poured though the doors, crowded into the aisles, and herded into shuffling checkout lines so long that their ends were lost in the distant haze. News chopper footage gleefully covered the tangled snarl of traffic around the big mall and its environs. A TV crew directed their lens and mic at some guy in the crowd and asked him a question and his response was "Well, I'm gonna save 'bout a hunnert bucks so, yeah, it's worth it."

And I thought to myself "I would gladly pay a hundred dollars to avoid that mess."

21 comments:

Carteach0 said...

Isn't it great we live lives where we can avoid all that without even having to pay a single penny for the privilege?

McVee said...

Amen!
:)

John Peddie (Toronto) said...

Funny how these things work.

30 % off is still 70 % on, a bit of math that seems to have escaped many.

The owners of those temples of commerce count on this.

Ancient Woodsman said...

I'm assuming the commenters in the Ivory Towers haven't lost half their household income this year. Mrs. W. here suddenly did so when her regional company got sold to a global in April, closing her office and job. Thankfully she is employed again but at about 2/3rds the salary.

Try losing a 60K job out of your household income; don't replace until six months later with a 40K job. I do know that some of you don't even have half or a third that for a household income; regionally, we're barely lower-middle-class and seriously struggled this year to stay afloat.

For some of us not-so-mighty or holy, being able to get a true Rival Crock pot for only a few dollars is indeed worth getting up at 0300 for. Being able to save a 'hunert' dollars can make the difference in eating v. starving, or heating v. freezing, for some of us, and still being able to put on a bit of a show for Festivus.

I know that's not what Tam meant by her post, but the 'holier than thou' commenters are missing the point. Such lack of empathy or intelligence among commenters is not the norm at VFTP.

Tam said...

Ancient Woodsman,

Perhaps you don't understand.

I hate lines and crowds. Viscerally. It is physically unpleasant to me.

Imagine how you would feel if somebody tapped on the side of your head over and over and over and over and over and over again and there was nothing you could do to make them stop. That's how unpleasant being at, say, Best Buy today would be for me. If it's not that unpleasant for you to be around crowds like thatm than go on and enjoy! I know a lot of other people seem to actually enjoy the company of crowds of their fellow humans; I see stands full of them at sporting events all the time.

I would rather get cut with a razor a few times than be jammed arsehole-to-elbow with the teeming hordes all day. Thankfully, there are other ways for me to do my Festivus shopping. :)

og said...

Shit, when times are rough, we just don't buy anything. I know, it's like that now. Makes it real easy to avoid the black friday crunch, why go anywhere that you can't buy anything in the first place?

perlhaqr said...

At the Big Dinner last night, the Sister-in-law asked the wife and I if we wanted to join her this morning for such shenanigans. I just looked at her in horror.

I'm not quite in the same category of crowd hating as you are, Tam, but my tendencies are definitely off in that direction.

CAR said...

I'm with you Tam. I would gladly pay to avoid the senseless scrum that is Black Friday.

Anonymous said...

I'm not huge on crowds myself, but I did leave the house at 6:30am to get a few items that I had planned to buy and happened to be on sale. The crowds around here were non-existent. The only line I had to wait in was at HHGreg and that was only because their checkout system was as well designed as a TSA checkpoint.

Chris

Mossyrock said...

I will complete ALL of my Christmas shopping this year without having to step foot in a mall or, God Forbid, WAL-MART! Thank God for Amazon and the Interwebz!!!

Anonymous said...

What og said. If times are that tough, you aren't looking for a "real brand-name anything" -- you're saving your money by not spending it.

After decades spent living without the doodads most of our civilization considers necessity, I'm still constantly & deeply amazed at how much money people waste at Christmas by buying crap they don't need for people they don't like.

Stretch said...

I work in that special Hell that is retail. I rang up more sales the first 2 hours than I have in the entire previous week. And the actual cash amount may be enough to pay our bills through the rest of the year.
Black Friday indeed. May it continue. OK, Lunch over. Back to the salt mines.

Bruce H. said...

>> ... had planned to buy and happened to be on sale.

There's the key.

WV: eacidle == ready to kill the dawn?

CAR said...

"I'm still constantly & deeply amazed at how much money people waste at Christmas by buying crap they don't need for people they don't like"

He he, I like that.

Justthisguy said...

I'm with John Elder Robison, who said on hs blog that on the Wednesday before T-giving, he prays that when he wakes up the next morning, that it'll already be January 2nd. Except he doesn't actually, not being a praying man.

Or: Fucking NTs!

Anonymous said...

Tam, I feel the same way as you only I tend to get real annoyed as well. It's as close to a good reason for laws against concealed carry as I can think of. For me anyway.
The thought of getting bashed by 20 irate women with large handbags keeps my mouth closed and elbows tucked in close, instead of perhaps pumping a couple of rounds into the ceiling to, you know, clear a little space.

Justthisguy said...

I think I'll get my yah-yahs out by heading over to SociopathWorld.com. If there's one thing Aspies and Socios have in common, it's bitching and complaining about the "normals", silly irrational doodahs that they are, mostly.

Tam said...

Justthisguy,

For some reason, that sounds about as fun as going to the mall.

Have a blast!

Ferret said...

Not to sound like a snob or anything, but Black Friday could be viewed as a second day of giving thanks for those of us who don't work a retail job.

Nathan said...

Last Black Friday we could have bought (at one certain Indy retailer) a 40" LCD wide-screen TV for $50 less than we ended up paying at Costco.

The trick was that we had to get up at 3AM to get the one at the certain Indy retailer, with no guarantee that they'd even have one in stock when we made it through the door.

We elected to sleep in and pay $50 more at Costco.

markm said...

Tam, I share your crowd-phobia. If it is a phobia; what's rational about *not* being scared of strangers, many of them screaming nuts, pressing close to your back?

Ancient Woodsman, I haven't been in financial distress for a very long time, but I remember back when I was supporting a family of 4 on an E-3 salary. Usually the smart thing was to *not* buy that crockpot, even at 50% off. If we truly needed a crockpot, we could wait until someone else would buy it and donate their old one to the thrift store...