The day after Thanksgiving has gained the name "Black Friday" from the belief that the annual
day-after-Thanksgiving sales frenzy will be enough to push retailers into the black for the year.
I guess it doesn't always live up to expectations, and this year was one of those years that
So *then* they whipped up a new traditional shopping frenzy day, "Cyber Monday," which apparently
was simply made up only a few weeks beforehand in the hopes that if people thought jumping online
and maxing out their credit cards that day was a tradition (or at least traditional enough to have a
name), then they'd do it.
That, apparently, didn't live up to expectations either. So this year, more so than I recall from years past,
some retail outlets were really pushing their day-after-Christmas (also known as 'Boxing Day') sales,
complete with "doorbuster specials" offered to consumers who were so enthusiastic (or crazy) that
they'd be willing to go stand in line for the doors to open at 6:00AM.
I don't think I know any people that enthusiastic (or crazy), especially on the day
after Christmas, which is normally a day associated with sleeping in, relaxing, and eating
The worst part is, I don't need anything. I just had other people's wish lists. You know, the sort of
people who were at home sleeping in, relaxing, and looking forward to eating leftovers.
To be fair, it's no big deal for me: being bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 4:00AM and ready for
sixteen hours of filming is all part of a day's work...as is standing around in the cold, often enough.
To make a long and boring story short and boring, my early morning adventures bore plenty of
fruit and I got the stuff on the list. I credit my success less to luck than to the fact that there
weren't many people at all who were crazy (or enthusiastic) enough to be out shopping in the
pre-dawn hours the day after Christmas. Good for me; not so good for the retailers.
I think that what they need is an official color for the day after Christmas. Personally, I think "Black and Blue"
would be appropriate for Boxing Day, but black's already been taken by the day after Thanksgiving. So, how
The more I think about it, the more sense that makes: you've got the blue color of me and the
other three shoppers standing around in the cold waiting for the doors to open, you've got the
bright blue screens on the new TVs and monitors while people are trying to figure out how to
get them hooked up and working with the rest of their newly unwrapped home theater gear,
and you've got the fact that practically every single place I went to on that day there was
somebody standing next to me who constantly coughed, hacked, and blue into a hankie, kleenex, or just out into space.
Mercifully, I've remained symptom-free myself, and I've gotten all of my fine purchases of the day
delivered and set up where they belong, so *I* don't have to worry about finding a place
to put them. Whew!
Sometimes it's a lot more relaxing *not* to have leftovers.