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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.

Melting Pot strawberryWe 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.


  1. Oh so much better that how the lunatics (and those who feed on them) spent their Friday! Is there anything better than watching kids play? And I’ll bet they really got a kick out of the fondue too!

    I’d been planing to do a rant on the weird mash-up of religion and economics (and politics lately) that the holiday season has become. But, as you can see, I decided against my “The Power Of PRICE Compels You!” post and decided to get a space-heady instead.

    And speaking of “space-heady,” I’ll bet that not-so-Obama, not-so-Palin conversation was interesting! 😀

    • More interesting than you might imagine. We had nothing good to say about anyone. When I said I was so disgusted, I might not even vote, the DIL piped up with, “I’ll give you $20 not to vote for Obama.” And later, another $20 not to put any Obama stickers on my car (as if I’d sully my new car with a bumper sticker). Kidding of course … I think …

  2. My political thinking so far is Huntsman, Obama, Romney, in that order. Weird, huh? Huntsman, according to the polls, has about as much chance for the nomination as Daffy Duck. But then, given the quality of the debates, if Daffy entered, who knows? Hahahahahahahaha.

    😆 🙄

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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