I never understood the appeal of overconsumption. The whole idea of getting up at 2AM in order to queue up in front of a store before engaging in a melee/feeding frenzy repulses me (and, for the record, I am often up at 2AM, and I actually enjoy fighting). I sat out Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, and will take a pass on Cyber Monday. Rather than brave the traffic near the malls, I headed over to the Hudson River for a walk before heading to work. The wind has been ferocious, with sustained speeds of thirty miles per hour, so the day felt a lot colder than the mercury would indicate. The wind raised whitecaps on the water's surface, and whipped spray over the seawall. The afternoon sun slanting through a break in the clouds suffused the gray waters with a faint golden hue:
The picture really doesn't do justice to the color of the water- it was an enchanting gray/gold (I am thinking of a non-existent poem now, Nothing Gray Can Stay- Borges would have handled this sort of thing with much more aplomb than I). Miraculously, I found some Concord grapes still clinging tenaciously to the vine, their faint sweetness combining with the cold ambient temperature to create a delicious effect.
I'll trade whitecaps on the Hudson for Black Friday in the mall anyday.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Never Was Into the Whole Mass Consumption Thing
Posted by Big Bad Bald Bastard at 6:59 PM
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I played golf in some pretty fierce winds on Saturday here.
It was a very pretty, albeit shivering round.
Don't get me started. I've begun to do a LOT of my shopping online and thru catalogs because going out pre-holiday really makes my misanthropy bubble to the surface. People get RUDE...and lose any and all situational awareness...on the roads and in the stores. Fuck that noise.
I agree. Lovely post and lovely picture. I can picture gold/grey, so that's still awesome.
You are not doing you part to rescue our economy. More spending. More. More. More.
WV agrees with me: gethad
I did my part. I bought $15 worth of groceries on Black Friday, unlike all you cheapskates. Because I love my country.
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