Well, Turkey Day is over and I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet, which is just the way we like it. Terry roasted a delicious turkey breast, along with sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, greens, homemade cranberry relish, and of course, pumpkin pie. How can you have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie?
But that’s all over and done with now, so let the madness begin! Across this great country of ours people are standing in line to get into stores so they can stand in line to look at things they can’t really afford but have to buy for somebody because it’s the “holiday season” and all the retailers have programmed us through their advertising to know that we have to. And then, we get to stand in line to pay for them! Who cares if the ringing of cash register bells has replaced Jingle Bells? Don’t you just love holiday traditions? Yeah I know, I’m a Grinch. Bah humbug!
I try very hard not to go into any big box store from Thanksgiving until the day after New Year’s. Sometimes I fail in that endeavor, but I try. The traffic and the crowds stress me out, and let’s face it, I’m cheap and selfish. I prefer to spend my money on me and let you spend your money on you. That we will both get what we really want.
But if you must go battle the crowds for those Black Friday deals, be aware that sometimes you get more than you bargained for. If you don’t believe me, just ask Raymond Winters. He’s an everyday guy just like you and me who went shopping on Black Friday in Titusville, Florida, just down the road from us. When he left his house that rainy morning he had no idea that his life was about to spiral out of control, and before he knew it he found himself alienated from his family, shunned by his neighbors, and questioning his own sanity. Yes, it didn’t take long for Raymond to find himself in over his head, knowing that if he survived, life would never be the same. If you’d like to find out more about what happened to Raymond, read my psychological thriller Black Friday. It’s one of my favorite books.
Okay, that’s enough for today. I know you’re all just itching to get out there and take part in the madness. Have fun and be safe. And in closing, here is a reminder of why punctuation is so important.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audio book of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – They say “don’t try this at home” so I’m coming over to your house to try it.