Skip to comments.Our 'gimme dat' culture (John Rocker sees Black Friday mentality becoming societal norm)
Posted on 12/04/2012 12:20:23 PM PST by Perseverando
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. A uniquely American phenomenon, theres nothing better than sitting down to a hearty meal in the company of family, friends and loved ones. Thanksgiving is special in that its about appreciating what you have with the people who mean the most to you.
At the risk of igniting an ACLU lawsuit, Thanksgiving also is the start of the holiday Christmas season. While the radio stations and department stores switch to Christmas mode the day after Halloween, no one really gets into the spirit until the turkey gets roasted on the fourth Thursday of November.
Most Americans spend their post-Thanksgiving meal in a tryptophan-induced coma on the couch watching the second half of a football game. A small but visible minority, though, are out on the streets waiting for the start of another annual tradition that has become as intertwined with Thanksgiving dinner as cranberry sauce. Black Fridays origins supposedly go back to the city of Philadelphia, where a newspaper article coined the term to describe the post-Thanksgiving travel rush. Later theories claimed it was the time of year where retailers finally began to make a profit and go from the red into the black with the start of the Christmas shopping season. The current installation of Black Friday is a day where various department stores and other businesses mark down prices and provide some of the best sales of the year.
For the average American, Black Friday is an excellent chance to save some money and ensure loved ones get the gift they want at an affordable price. In the Obama economy no one can blame Middle Americans for pinching pennies.
Now, Im a businessman who specializes in the cut-throat real estate market. Ive given talks about sales at business seminars around
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I wonder what could be behind this “cultural shift”?
Good pitcher, better off-the-cuff remarksman. Braves gave him a raw deal.
Wellllllll.... isn’t that special?
Someone “camps out” in line for 12 hours to get $50 off of something.
At $4 an hour, deliver some pizzas!
Ooooh! Great one, Sal! I love the very short shot where his eyelids are teeth. Thanks for the ping.
It isn’t just sales, it is also the way Presidents are now selected.
And if you are speculating on properties, flipping them, and then caught short in a housing bubble, demand a government bailout even though you were artificially running up housing costs.
I love the shape-shifting as he walks behind the people.
It’s Alice...no, it’s ALICE! wait, it’s just Alice and then oh no, it’s ALICE! again.
Too bad Rocker lost his fastball - it would have been fun to watch him excel amid the hate showered on a conservative.
LOL! More like it’s Vincent... no, it’s ALICE! Wait, it’s just Vincent, and then oh, no!, it’s ALICE!!
Too cool, indeed.