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I know this forum is composed of erudite, learned, thoughtful posters. And then there's the rest of you! :D

So I would be surprised if anyone here did the consumer-lemming thing and lined up at various chain-stores to buy future landfill. Please say you didn't.

Here's my Blank Friday regimen:

we got up about 11:30, made coffee, put on a Pink Martini c.d.

Let the dog out for one of her interminable potty trips, have big mug of coffee next to the laptop on which i'm typing, clad elegantly in "bed hair" and log-cabin print flannel p.j.s. We always make this day a no-media day, so we'll play records and c.d.s, I have a veritable Mt. Everest of laundry to catch up on, and it wouldn't hurt to do a little snow shoveling, either. Husband has to play piano at the art museum this afternoon, which means he gets into his tux, which makes the dog bark, because he looks like a giant boston terrier. Later we'll have dinner. Oh, must remember to clean the bird cage, too!

We live such exciting, vibrant lives! Marketers, have at us!

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You mean like these people:

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4164133

http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=4164639

:wacko:

Sounds like a nice leisurely morning zen. I got up at 7, let my wife sleep in, put on some coffee, fed the girls, checked e-mail, and now I'm at work (yes that's right, I work for Nazi's).

Don't bother shovelling, it's supposed to be up to 48 degrees on Sunday, the snow will all be gone (at least that's my excuse) :D

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I may support big corporations now and then, but refuse to visit a store on Black Friday. It's not worth getting injured.

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Sounds like a nice leisurely morning zen. I got up at 7, let my wife sleep in, put on some coffee, fed the girls, checked e-mail, and now I'm at work (yes that's right, I work for Nazi's).

I too am at work, been here since 7am, will get out at 4pm. Get to work tomorrow 1/2 day too! :yahoo:

(Sarcastic). I am the queen of procrastination, so it is waaaayy to early for me to start my season shopping!

Nice that I had yesterday off to make the treacherous drive to Kzoo and back! All in one piece, mind you.

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The Mrs. and I were going to go out this morning, but we just didnt care for any of the stuff that was on sale. We decided to hit the thrift stores instead. We get to buy cool stuff for very little and we help out local charities.

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I'm working today, (and yesterday) too. Parqmedics don't get holidays. I've already run 3 calls at shopping centers today otherwise you wouldn't catch me near the malls today. I'll do my shopping on-line, in my pj's, with a cup of coffee sometime at 3 in the morning.

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I'm working today, (and yesterday) too. Parqmedics don't get holidays. I've already run 3 calls at shopping centers today otherwise you wouldn't catch me near the malls today. I'll do my shopping on-line, in my pj's, with a cup of coffee sometime at 3 in the morning.

uhhhh, eagle, you got a laptop in your rig?? :unsure:

"Give me the paddles, this guy's crashing!!!!" "Hold on a minute, I just wanna tell everyone on UP about this great new restaurant I found!!" :rofl:

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Got up at 8AM today, went outside, said "brrr" then I got layered up, headed out to the parents, and helped Dad clean the mower and put it away for the winter. Tonite I am headed to the grandparents house to meet the Southern in-laws for some barbeque, and chips.

after that, I will crash on the couch, get into my most comfortable clothes and watch some high school football on FSN.

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Now this is my kind of post.

Members in my family woke up this morning at dawn to catch the "sales" and b/c they're CRAZY. The Big Guys have this wonderful marketing ploy to make consumers believe that they are saving soo much, when all they want to do is get you in the door.

I like to participate in "Buy Nothing Day." This of course, doesn't make me the most popular girl in my family, but I'm used to being on the "other side" on most issues.

I feel good though, that I once again, avoided the 28th/44th/Alpline mess and that I didn't waste my time waiting in line.

This year, like years before, I will buy nothing from the chain stores for the holidays. I feel that when I purchase and patron local businesses that I am not only buying quality products, that I am also supporting our local economy, which supports our community.

Isn't it better that our dollars stay here in West Michigan?

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uhhhh, eagle, you got a laptop in your rig?? :unsure:

"Give me the paddles, this guy's crashing!!!!" "Hold on a minute, I just wanna tell everyone on UP about this great new restaurant I found!!" :rofl:

uhhhh, eagle, you got a laptop in your rig?? :unsure:

"Give me the paddles, this guy's crashing!!!!" "Hold on a minute, I just wanna tell everyone on UP about this great new restaurant I found!!" :rofl:

...that's hilarious. Not too far from the truth actually! Just today I was doing some on-line banking on the way to a call.

(I use a Treo650 for internet/e-mail/phone/PDA. Love it.)

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The mindset of these people amazes me. WalMart knows exactly who they're marketing to and that's the very reason you won't catch me dead in there. I'm no better than anybody else but there's some people I just don't relate to. I forget the demographics exactly but I know one of the criteria is that they are broke, live paycheck-to paycheck, and think that "saving" money at WalMart will help them get ahead. It's amazing how they can become the wealthiest family in the world off of everybody else's "savings."

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Although it is more work to seek out the locally owned small businesses, that's where I try to shop for Christmas gifts. And yes we had a nice relaxing Friday at home - fireplace burning, fresh ground coffee, put up the decorations and listen to some music.

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Although it is more work to seek out the locally owned small businesses, that's where I try to shop for Christmas gifts. And yes we had a nice relaxing Friday at home - fireplace burning, fresh ground coffee, put up the decorations and listen to some music.

I did no shopping on Friday...never have and never will. The Drudge Report had a headline called "Seasons Beatings" :rofl:

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I hear the best time to get Made in China crap for real cheap "on sale" is the month of March, my birthday month!

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Boy, I really feel like an outsider. We packed up the family and headed to downtown Chicago for the weekend, and took in all the sights and sounds of commercialism at its best.

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^ Sounds expensive.

On another note: I stay here in GR and patron local shops and such. In fact I think I'll go downtown for some shoping to practice what I preach, my girlfriend needs a hat, anyone know any great shops that might carry one? If not its onto Meijers we go!

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^ Sounds expensive.

On another note: I stay here in GR and patron local shops and such. In fact I think I'll go downtown for some shoping to practice what I preach, my girlfriend needs a hat, anyone know any great shops that might carry one? If not its onto Meijers we go!

An'gina's on Monroe Center is a good place to start. Also, the wig shop on Monroe Center seems to have a fare amount of hats displayed in their windows. Not sure if they are for their older clients, though.

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Heh my parents got "The Polar Express" on DVD and they said to me, "DID YOU SEE THAT THEY HAD HERPOLSHEIMERS IN THERE?!?!?" They must still exist! :P After telling them the author is from Grand Rapids, they immidately got it (I was shocked to hear they didn't know Chris VanAllsburg wasn't from GR)

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A lot of people still don't know about Chris VanAllsburg. Speaking of Polar Express I was a little peeved that Tom Hanks couldnt even make the preimier of a movie he stared in. "Sorry about that folks I have more important stuff to do."

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Rizzo,

I would refer you and everyone else to Little Bohemia. They have a large amount of clothing/accessories for women. Fellas, they also have mens retail too!

Have you been to Your's Trully Galleria on Cherry?

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Boy, I really feel like an outsider. We packed up the family and headed to downtown Chicago for the weekend, and took in all the sights and sounds of commercialism at its best.

That actually sounds like fun. I don't mind the Christmas crowds (not the 5AM crazed beatings crowds), but my wife hates em. I'll take the girls even if we don't spend any money, just to be part of the "buzz".

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