Formally my favorite holiday, this year I’m just not feeling
it. Probably the empty nesting thing, it’ll be pretty quiet around here this
year, I don’t have a ton of cooking to do, something I’ve enjoyed in the past.
And, some family types are already complaining about the menu. When I started
cutting stuff, I cut some of their favorites while hanging on to mine.
Had I known…
I had suggested to the Auburn kid that this might be the
year he starts looking for other things to do for the holiday, because coming
here isn’t going to be that entertaining. This didn’t make me any friends with
some of the more family oriented members of the household. He came home anyway,
and it is nice to have him around, but as far as the holiday observances, not so
Don’t have a really good reason for my malaise.
Must be my attachment disorder. With the kids gone and the
house quiet I’m not inclined to want to do anything special.
This came up when Mrs S started to pulling out decorations
for the holidays yesterday. Don’t bother is my council, which I shared with
Mistake on my part.
What can I say I’m a curmudgeon.
Part of it is the whole black Friday thing. In the past I’ve
been out in the stores on Black Friday looking for deals and fighting crowds.
Now I look at the whole experience; stores opening on Thanksgiving, standing in
line for a deal shit no one needs, retailers driving business with crappy
offers on garbage products.
NPR did a piece on the impact of Black Friday on American
families and their debt load. According to the report the Middle Class are
absolutely hammered by Black Friday.
The scenario is, this group is extended tons of cheap credit
by stores and credit card companies. This, along with the increasingly
sophisticated marketing techniques out there and complete ignorance on the part
of most consumers when it comes to understanding debt and discerning the
difference between a “need” and a “want” create this toxic mix of financial
ruin for many families.
I started my morning by getting the paper, 2/3 of which were
ads and tossing, with out looking,
every insert, booklet, advert, circular and tabloid into the trash. Unread and
unseen. My small consolation, a lot of companies spent a fortune sending me
this shit, so I’m not going to look at it. Most energizing thing I’ve done in
I also announced to the skeleton crew here for the holiday,
anyone who is interested in going out shopping Thanksgiving evening should
leave first thing this morning, because you’re not invited to dinner. You have
to pick between getting a deal or spending time with family.
I felt so empowered. I now have two well communicated edicts
on the board for Team Sankary
Shop on Thanksgiving
Get a tattoo
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Either if these things tell me you choose a different
lifestyle which I find incompatible with our families values and will get you
uninvited to family functions. Any questions? Good. Happy Thanksgiving.