Thanks Grumpy Cat…my feelings precisely.
Shopping for me is a tactical mission. This may have started when my mom would send me on errands disguised as “super secret missions” to the grocery store as a kid. (Of course I can infiltrate the treacherous Produce Kingdom and retrieve the artichoke hearts of lore!)
I go in with a plan, get in get out, minimize causalities, and hopefully maintain my feelings that humans are relatively reasonable animals…. As such I steer clear of anything remotely related to “Black Friday” … if there is a possibility of being trampled and I’m not in Pamplona, count me out.
Plus the internet allows me to partake in “deals” from the nerdy introverted comfort of my own computer.
However, American Express (irony noted) is promoting a new “shopping event” this year: Small Business Saturday – Encouraging people to support local businesses for their holiday shopping needs. There is a map on the website of small locally supported stores, restaurants, and entertainment that you can visit. What has been fantastic, is visiting these little businesses has been a wholly pleasant and productive experience. I don’t have to be in an uncomfortable crowded mall, I can walk outside from place to place, and talk with friendly individuals supporting the local economy.
So, if you aren’t burnt out from all the door busting deals yesterday, take a stroll in your neighborhood and find a little slice of the american dream.