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Essays by KT

Black Friday

Affirming Diversity
Which Way Home
Mis experiencias con español
La figura de la madre
La redención
Manifestations of the Divine Brahma
The Six Models of the Church
Affirmative Action
A Friend Is
A persuadir
Aprovecha el día
Armas de fuego
Asperger's Disorder
ASDs: Autism
Black Friday
Book Intro
Big Boys Dont Cry?
Cancion del pirata
Cell Phones
Cathedral Within
Change the World
Child Care
Civil Society
Christian Family
Organ Donation
Deanne Bray
Drug Testing
Faith in Narnia
Fast Food?
Guns and Games
Grenz Review
The Odyssey
I Am
Jesus the Christ
Keep the Laws!
La ciencia
La inmigración
Louis Braille
Marriage Reflection
Mi lugar de refugio
My Life (Erikson)
My Special Place
Reflection -Marriage
Romance sonámbulo
Public-service values
Semana Santa
Spe Salvi
Teen Suicide
Un Santo legendario
Better World
The Four Loves
"Jesus Freak" Picture
Mona Lupe
Mother of Jesus
Holy Eucharist
Religión en Niebla
The U.S. Economy
Todo es regalo
Trip to NY ...
True Friends
Una lección
Unlikeliest Friends
Santo legendario
Vs. and Verses
What's the Diff?
Walsh Review
Means to be Human
Million dollars

ENGL 101

28 Nov. 2006

"I’ve been up since 3:30," I heard one couple say as I was eating lunch with my mom and her friend. Why? Why would anyone willingly wake up at 3:30 in the morning? It’s "Black Friday", the day of the famous day after Thanksgiving sales! It’s in my opinion, the craziest day of the whole year. It’s the day of waking up at three in the morning, grabbing something quick to eat, and waiting outside a store when the employees are still at home sleeping. That’s just the beginning. Once the store finally opens, and after many grueling hours of shopping, most of the sales are over, and you can finally take a break, rest you feet, and fulfill those hunger pangs that have been haunting you for hours.

It can be tiring—fighting, not only to get into the store, but also to get the last of some electronic gadget, pushing shopping carts piled high of stuff bought for no other reason than the fact that they’re cheap, and hauling enormous bags throughout the mall despite the pain of them cutting off your circulation—it can be very tiring. Although, after lunch, most of the sales are over, there are still many more. So, after lunch, it’s back to shopping. ‘Tis the season. ‘Tis the season of love, giving, and receiving, though, not of impatience, pushing, and taking. "A lady was about ready to take my head off because someone cut in front of me in line," a friend of mine said.

The day after Thanksgiving sales always seem to be popular. But, it’s not the sales that make the news. The drama is what makes the news, all the drama that "Black Friday" creates. What makes the news is people waiting outside a store hours before it opens, being trampled at the front door, and fighting over the last Tickle-Me-Elmo. These are the things that make the news. Before I’d ever been shopping on "Black Friday," I knew all about it. I can’t think of a year when "Black Friday" wasn’t all over the news.

So, how can you survive "Black Friday"? First of all, don’t wake up outrageously early. Wake up early enough so you can make it to a few stores before the big sales ended. If you show up too early, the stores will be much more hectic. Make a list of places to go and things to get. Make sure you know when the sales end at each store. Also, know it’ll be very unlikely that you will come back with everything you planned on getting. Remember that many things may be sold out, but also know that other stores will carry them. Keep in mind, if you don’t get everything on your list, it’s not the end of the world. To speed things up, know what you want and don’t be afraid to ask. Also, be sure to have the ad on hand. It makes it easier for the employees to help if they know what you’re talking about. Last, but certainly not least, go with someone. It can take less time if you split up. If you stick together, it can at least seem to take less time. Time flies when you’re having fun. Make it a fun time. That’s how I survived the famous, or rather infamous, day after Thanksgiving sales.

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