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Another Black Friday shopping story

I was curiously looking through the Black Friday ads when my eye caught something I’ve wanted to get for a while now. An Xbox and a Kinect, except it was being sold as a single console, an Xbox Kinect. I had already told my sister Jaci last year that I wasn’t going to do Black Friday again. People just get too crazy over sale items. I got ran into countless times with a buggy, I got elbowed from two people fighting over an item; I was just walking by, trying to make it to the registers. I couldn’t believe how rude people were being to one another. This one lady kept pushing me, from behind, with her buggy, I couldn’t move because of the crowd of people in front of me; we were in somewhat of a line for a register. I finally turned around and told her to knock it off, I can’t possibly move up any further. She just gave me a hateful look, and then said she was trying to get to the check out. I said, so are all these other people standing in front of us.

I kept staring at the sale paper, the time of the sale in big bold letters. It was like a giant beacon, shouting out at me. Finally, I looked at my watch and saw that I had two and a half hours before the sale started. It was just one item, I told myself, that’s all I needed. No buggy intended this time. I could walk around everyone else who has a buggy.

I asked Gram’s if she could watch mini me and of course she could, then I was off to Target. I’m such a procrastinator. I stopped at Starbucks and got myself a coffee as a just in case, I didn’t know how long I was going to be standing in line outside. I was pleased to see there were plenty of parking spots available and the line was very short. There must have been twenty people in front of me when I showed up. I sat down on the sidewalk, drank my coffee, and looked at the rest of the sale paper.

Suddenly it began to rain. Great! I looked at my watch and saw I had a whole hour left before the doors opened, I’ll be soaked, but I’ll get my one item. I watched as more and more people started to show up, then Target employees came by with maps, showing where the sale items were located. This thoroughly impressed me, really it did! Walmart has nothing on this at all! Walmart is so unorganized and so badly managed, I could see why it’s such a cluster!

There were policemen standing guard telling us to calmly walk inside, no running, and no pushing. All the items were unwrapped and stacked neatly here and there where people could get to them. Buggies where placed throughout the store, another useful tip.

I briskly walked back to where the map said my Xbox Kinect would be and picked it up. I also picked out a few kids games and proceeded towards to check out. Hey, I didn’t just get it for me, I got it for my daughter to play with to, well when she gets a little bit older.

What shocked me when I got to the registers was that there were no lines, no waiting, did I mention no lines? I was the first person to check out! Everything was well organized; there was no craziness, no fighting, and no arguing. I’m not sure if this means I’m going to do this next year or not, well, certainly not shopping at Walmart on Black Friday.

Me, grow up?

Sometimes I can see how people would have a hard time guessing my age, especially when I’m with my daughter. Today I took her to get a pair of new shoes; the ones I bought her in mid-August had finally seen their last day. Instead of buying a cheap pair from Walmart I thought about using a half price discount coupon I had at Shoe Carnival here in Bryant. Of course I bought her some girly shoes. But what really got her attention weren’t the bright strips or the gemstones, it was the fact that they light up when she walks.

After purchasing her shoes and putting them in the car, we walked over to Target, which is located a few doors down from the shoe store. The only reason for going to Target was to get her some socks and it was close by. Most of the time if my daughter is with me and it’s around the holiday season and if I have some time, I will take her arou

nd the store to look at the holiday stuff.

I was walking towards the Christmas decorations when I noticed they still had a lot of Halloween stuff out


and on

Clarence. I pushed our cart down that aisle just to look at what was left and could not help but start playing with some of the things that I saw.
After a handful of snapshots we both decided it was time to go home and Mommy make something for din

ner. On the drive home I started to think of Peter Pan and how he never wanted to grow up. When I’m with my daughter, that’s just how I feel, well, until I have to act like the grown up. Dublin loves to wear costumes, hats, funny glasses, and

masks, so I started putting a few things on her and snapped a picture on my phone to send to one of my sisters for a laugh. Dublin was having just as much fun as I was started pointing out things and I would pick it up and put it on her, snap a picture, email it.