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November 30, 2009 - Cindy Votruba
Why I choose to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is beyond me. I’m not big on crowds, I really don’t need to buy a new electronic and the snarl of traffic makes me nervous.
OK, when I’m back in Wisconsin for Thanksgiving, my brother and I aren’t really ambitious enough to wake up two hours before the sun rises to head to the mall or some Target to go shopping. Stores were advertising their big doorbusters at 4 a.m. Heck, Herberger’s was opening at 3 a.m. Employees were supposed to be there at 2:15 a.m. Sorry, I’m not that excited, although it would’ve been nice to have gotten one of those $19.97 down comforters. (Even when we went by the Herberger’s parking lot at roughly 9 a.m., it was still packed!)
This time the brother and I had Ross along (he came home with me for Thanksgiving). He even went through the trouble of making a list, going through the fliers on the way to Thanksgiving dinner Thursday and writing down items from specific stores. He wanted to go to this Northern Tool place which had a store in Woodbury for a certain kind of can crusher. We tried to talk him out of it, but he was adament. No biggie, we’ll just do lunch at the Noodles and Company in Woodbury instead of Maplewood. When we were at the Menard’s, he texted me about some jump start pack/compressor on sale for $30 and that I needed one. I really didn’t want one, so I wasn’t rushing to buy it. I said, “well, if you were giving it to me for Christmas...” But I’m not sure that’s the kind of present I want from him.
We got through Black Friday relatively unscathed. I only yelled at Ross once in the Target electronics section when I was trying to tell him that the $25 iTunes card that was on sale for $20 were already out (like me, he saw there were $25 iTunes cards and was saying, “here they are.” But they weren’t THAT particular card). Oh, nothing like making a scene. The joys of shopping for Christmas.
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