"Wait a minute! Can I finish my pumpkin pie?"

"Bring it with you! I have to get that electric scooter!" said nobody, ever.

But not so fast.

Somewhere in this great country of ours on the evening of November 22nd--you know, way-too-early Thanksgiving--those words just might be uttered.

Retailers across the land are planning a Thanksgiving evening start to the Christmas shopping season, offering up hot bargains while most of us will still be digesting candied yams.

Wal-mart, Target, and K-mart will be going full-throttle with enticing specials on the aforementioned scooters, steam mops, jeans, Nooks, TV's, Nikon cameras, not to mention iPads and Blue-Ray players.

Select locations of Toys R Us, Kohl's, hhgregg, and Macy's will also be getting in on the act.

At first, you wanna shake your head at the whole thing, but then it all really does make sense and you might as well join 'em if you can't beat 'em.


No, I don't mean you have to actually go out there and participate in all the mayhem on Thanksgiving night. I'm just saying objections may be a waste of time. Social media has proven that society is all about the instant gratification. I know I'm guilty.

If there's something I want to know...like, for example, if I see someone on a TV show or in a movie and I can't quite put my finger on the actor's name, then I'll Google the movie and get the cast list. In an earlier era, I would have had to wait until the next trip to the library, and even then there were no guarantees. And I love that convenience.

Even those who swear off technology will invariably find themselves asking the nearest owner of a smartphone or iPad to look up something on that "gizmo" of theirs.

Simply put, we want everything that we want. And the sooner the better. I don't mind waiting and relaxing from time to time, but I totally get it. And maybe the crowds WILL be lighter on Black Friday morning.

Hey, Black Friday has developed a life of its own. It's no longer just called "the day after Thanksgiving." It even has its own website--and a helpful one, at that. So enjoy it, and be careful.

And I hope you get your scooter.


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