But they had tv’s man…..

I gotta be honest, I am still trying to wrap my brain around how humans stomp another human to death all in the name of buying an inanimate object. Seriously, if we were talking food for survival or you were about to hurt me or mine, well it would be easy to understand. Look, I may have pacifist leanings but you fuck with me or mine and all bets are off. I am going to do you before you do me. Heck, only time in my life I ever considered owning a gun was when my ex-spousal unit was eating his daily dose of stupid pills and caught up in that if I can’t have you, no one else will. I swear he almost met his end but I digress.

No, last night I caught a clip of one of these silly savage motherfuckers who was in that Wal-Mart line (why the fuck was most of the folks in line Black or Brown?) and this fool was caught saying something to the effect of “Mayne, but they had the TVs on sale”. I nearly lost it when I heard that but to further show that Americans are in some collective trance of stupidity, I was reading today in the NY Times about a valet parking guy who was stating he doesn’t have much money (um…not to be a classist bitch, but I suspect if you are parking cars you are not what the young folks call a baller aka person with money) who was saying if the large flat screens get to $450 he was going to have to get one.

Well riddle me a silly broad but in these rough economic times where job stability is hard to fine, I cannot fathom scraping my shekels to buy a large TV, then again up until 3 years ago we had a 13 inch TV in the living room. The only reason its gone is that my father in law came for a visit and bought us a larger TV, see me personally TVs rank up there as non-critical items. Shit, I only got cable 11 years ago when I married the spousal unit and he feels that cable is an essential item, of course he is slowly coming over to my side. Last summer we canceled the movie channels and now we are down to basic digital cable which comes with more channels that are never watched. Point of this rant is that tv in general is not something I care about, shit I only just learned a couple weeks ago about TIVO. Needless to say that is not something we will ever have in this house.

No, I am concerned about the state of folks minds that they consider a large tv with bells and whistles to be so essential that you would tear the doors off a joint to catch a deal on one…. shit, that sounds like some crackhead behavior. Then again maybe tv is the average man’s crack, you come home and latch onto all sorts of shit being beamed into your mind to the point that common sense goes out the window, you become desensitized to real emotions. Hence you can have folks still walking into a store when there is a very dead man on the floor.

Perhaps Black Friday should be renamed lack of common sense day, since when you think about it, the idea that folks would be in a line on Thanksgiving Day at 5-6 pm, when it would seem folks would be home relaxing and getting ready for a second helping of good food, yet choosing to be in a line for hours to buy non-essential items really does speak volumes about us as a people.

Stomped to death

Today is Black Friday, a day where folks seem to lose their collective minds all in the name of a bargain. I must confess I have never in almost 36 years on this planet ever went out to shop on Black Friday. I came from humble folks aka po folks so the day after Thanksgiving was spent watching tv and eating…nice simple shit. Even when I got grown and came into a few shekels of my own I have never felt compelled to go out and experience the madness, shit I hate crowds so today is just not my day.

Now I admit every few years I see something advertised that almost makes me wanna get up at midnight, but no I like to sleep too much to deal with crazed folks trying to catch bargains. That said, in recent years it seems Black Friday has disintegrated into madness which is the point of my post. It seems this morning a Wal-Mart clerk on Long Island was trampled to death by a pack of folks who were described as almost taking the hinges off the door. Now if this shit wasn’t real, I would be laughing.

What kind of society are we when the spirit of the holidays is summed up by how much useless shit we can buy? Seriously, I was reading about a woman today whose idea of scaled down living was buying a 33 inch telly on sale at Best Buy…damn, that says a lot about us and why we are collectively fucked financially as a nation.

Seems no one remembers living within their means, we are on a quest to consume even when it can kill us. On this Black Friday, my heart goes out to the family of the Wal-Mart worker whose life was lost because we as a society seem to have lost our common sense.

As for me, I am going out to the tree lighting my town will hold tonight, take in the lights and sounds, maybe slip by Starbucks for a delicious hot chocolate and then come home and finish getting my eat on.