Friday, November 23, 2007

black friday

Originally uploaded by daveterry.
So here's the thing: I wanted to get a real good deal on a 42" LCD HDTV. All the stores open at crazy times, 5:00 a.m. for example. So I decided I'd rather pay extra and sleep in.

And yet, I could save a great deal of cash, $600 if I could just get up early. My body woke me at 4:00. So I got up, got dressed, and drove to the store. It's about 30 minutes away. Highway 75 was empty. I could actually count the headlights behind me and the taillights in front of me. There were only six cars behind me and eight cars in front of me. It was as if I was the only guy on the road. Highway 75 is a five line Interstate.

If I could get there by the time the doors opened, I could slip in, grab what I wanted, pay, and slip out again. When I drove into the parking lot it looked like a baseball game. A thick line wrapped around the building, down it's side, and back into the darkness. The store's foyer was packed with people. It was 35 degrees outside. Cars were bumper to bumper in the parking lot. I'm not sure why. Maybe some were hoping to drive into the store?

There must have been 200 people waiting to get in. It was 4:55 a.m. Are these people crazy?

I had shaved, dressed, and drove for 30 minutes for this? There is no way. I drove through the crazy drivers in the parking lot idling for the charge and drove back out again.

I drove home alone. No one existed on the highways, roads, or streets. The lights were all green.

I drove up my driveway, put it in park, and walked into my house. I pealed off my clothes, climbed into bed, and dreamt about being richer.

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists when you can ignore them like wise men? - Author: Natalie Clifford Barney