Giving Thanks?

Man, hasn’t this year just been a lovely joy ride? One thing after another has happened, and just when someone says, “How can this possibly get any worse?” Nature has to come around and reply, “Hold my beer. Challenge accepted.”

What’s the latest bit of stupidity in the world? We’re basically being told we shouldn’t celebrate anything else this year. Halloween activities, such as parties and trick-or-treating are being discouraged, or in the case of Beverly Hills, CA, banned. What, then, is even the point of kids costuming up?

To this, we add California Governor Gavin Newsom’s cockamamie idea that people should not gather at all, if possible, and that Thanksgiving should be held over Zoom. Huh🤨? For some, like me, a large family gathering is always out of the question; a simple dinner with my kids is sufficient. For those who always have a banquet and bunches of relatives, it sucks. I mean, whatever, you do you. I have to work on Thanksgiving no matter what, so it’s really a moot point for me.

I just wonder how our Thanksgiving dinner is going to come about. Normally, I would order a turkey dinner from the local grocery store, everything already cooked and hot, just pick it up and dig in. This year, however, most places are closing, including Walmart (unheard-of in previous years). I don’t know if the store is even offering these dinners this year. If not, I need to come up with plan “B”. I sure as hell don’t want to get a Cracker Barrel family dinner. Not because it’s bad, but because I work around it all the time, and I’ll be one of the people who do the overnight prep that week. I’ll be sick of looking at turkey, having to slice hundreds of pounds of the bird.

On the bright side of retailers closing on Thanksgiving, Black Friday sales will actually happen on Friday, not creeping into the holiday. The last couple of years have seen Black Friday sales beginning on Thanksgiving evening, thereby causing employees to forgo dinner and time with their families to bust their asses amongst the throngs of people who are after the latest gadgets, gizmos and toys for Christmas. Hell, so insane are some of these shoppers that in New York back in 2008, a Walmart employee was trampled to death by impatient shoppers who rushed and knocked down the doors, then, like a herd of angry bulls, knocked the employee over and trampled him to death.

That same year, at a Toys R Us in California, two people were shot in a fight there. It really is a sad statement to the lack of humanity and the greed that seems to have overtaken society, just so someone can get a big-screen TV or the newest game system ridiculously cheap. How many videos have we seen of people fighting over the last TV? People who end up resorting to fisticuffs to secure the prized item they seek in their quest for retail superiority in the ever-commercialized world of the holidays in the United States.

And now, for you, the quote of the day:

“Some people see Black Friday as a much-needed break for their wallet. I see it as retail outlets showing the customers the full weight of their contempt. The frenzy to buy cheap crap from China, the human downgrade of people fighting with each other over items they can probably live without, to me, is an insult.”

Henry Rollins

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