By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:08 PM EST
Black Friday, on the other hand, is exactly like being in an old war movie. People are battling for position, running flanking maneuvers, sending out scouts, trying to capture the high ground, and taking no prisoners.
I realize Black Friday is a whopping dose of fuel to the American retail machine, and don't get me wrong, I am all in favor of businesses making money. I just prefer to make my contribution on one of the other days - Maroon Wednesday, perhaps, or Heliotrope Monday. And I can do it any color of the week from the comfort of my house, thanks to the World Wide Interweb, where the shops are always open.
I also object to Black Friday as part of my blanket objection against rushing toward Christmas, which gets worse every year. The Christmas catalogs began arriving well before Halloween, and the decorations were going up in some stores in September.
Meanwhile, Thanksgiving - one of the truly great days of the year - gets short shrift, in my view. I realize it's not as sexy as Christmas and it's not that big of an economic driver for anyone except turkey farmers, but it's a rich and beautiful American day and deserves to be treated as such, not as the day we fuel up for a day of full-contact shopping.
So that's what I want for Black Friday: A turkey sandwich at my house. No crowds and a DVD of "King Kong vs. Godzilla."
What else could anyone want? A little sanity, I suppose. But the way things have gotten, I think that would be too much to ask.
© 2012 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.
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