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A Black Friday tradition that may change with baby this year

Nuclear OptionMe and Kim and a few friends have often headed out after a post-Thanksgiving meal nap to hit the malls at midnight and  watch the Black Friday misery.

Often members of the party have been tempted to purchase things, but generally the fun is not being the people standing five hours in line to save $30 on a TV.

It’s also one of the greatest people watching times of the year in my opinion.

This is something we’ve done a few years at least, and this year we’ve got little Maggie so I don’t know if this is going to happen, however one of Maggie’s favorite activities is watching people doing things, and that’s what midnight Thanksgiving is full of – thousands of people attempting to get a Black Friday deal.

Being in Nashville, we don’t have the worries of trampling, and oddly nearly no being squished, so maybe if Maggie’s being good we’ll drag her to the mall at midnight and watch the madness and not participate in the checkout lines.

I think it would be a pretty interesting thing for her if she feels like cooperating… we’ll see. Nothing like introducing Miss Moo to her first taste of mass hysteria for commercial goods in a relatively safe environment.

Probably would not advise in larger cities, but the malls here have it down pretty good and the worst I’ve heard of here was a sprained ankle from someone tripping over falling prices.

Then again, we may spend some time beforehand at the 6am opening/closing of the local K-Mart and let her see that last bastion of the old superstore that never quite could break into this century.

Odd that Maggie will be growing up in a post K-Mart world (I think that’s the last one in Nashville)… I thought much like the Waffle House that institution of slow checkout lines and far too many attempted upsells while you’re paying would far outlast me. Be interesting to see the Black Friday 6am Thanksgiving day sale of… K-mart goods…

Black Friday… we’ll see

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.