How to do Black Friday
I don’t have anything to say, really. But I’m tired of looking at that turkey photo on the front page.
As noted previously, my son and his family went skiing on Thanksgiving, but we got together yesterday to have a wonderful time and thumb our noses at the Black Friday lunatics who were jamming the expressways. And here I thought they’d all be in the malls. Nothing much happened in our malls, but the pepper spraying, shooting, tasering, etc., that happened elsewhere confirmed that American shoppers are totally out of control. As are the retailers who cater to them.
We started the day at my grandson’s Black Friday indoor soccer tournament. It’s the craziest form of soccer I’ve ever watched. Wild and crazy, run and gun. Each game was only nine minutes long. Teams consisted of three field players and one goalie. Substitutions were done hockey-style, on the fly, as needed. The “field” was small enough that goalies clearing their own goals actually had a chance to score on the other team. Eventually, with practice, most of the players will learn how to play the boards, ricocheting passes to teammates or even passing to themselves.
Later in the afternoon we went to The Melting Pot (a restaurant chain based on fondue cooking and dipping). Delicious food in an interesting old building (1900 or so) — it was originally a library, then a police station, then a number of different restaurants. Supposed haunted. There’s still an old jail cell on the lower level, with two dining tables in it (next time!). We had a long, leisurely meal. Fondue is nothing more than legally playing with your food, making it perfect for the 5- and 9-year-old grandkids. My daughter-in-law and I even talked a little politics since I’m not wedded to Obama this go-round, and she’s no longer a Palin devotee.
To top off the day, we spent the evening IMing each other with Christmas gift suggestions, online purchases, and just general Christmas plotting. All in all, a great family day.