Black Friday……..OF HELL!

Red Hot Chili Peppers—“Stadium Arcadium”

MoTW—“Casino Royale”

Nobody shot, nobody angry (some a bit disappointed that they didn’t get
there earlier). Me? I kinda got what I wanted, but wouldn’t have missed
out on much if I didn’t stand in line at Best Buy at 4 am this past

When I got there, I was mildly surprised that the line had reached the
K-Mart next to Best Buy, but had my game face on and was prepared for an
hour wait, which turned out to be a bit longer since they were only
letting in 50ish people at a time. I was in the fifth batch of people,
so I got in the store at about 5:30.

The weather was fine wit calm winds and the temperature in the upper
30’s. My biggest problem was lighting up a smoke since I didn’t want to
offend anyone who doesn’t like that “secondhand smoke” bullshit, but
there were no problems with that either, since everyone was either tired
or caught up in the holiday spirit.

Talked to the guy behind me for a bit, he first came across as a typical
Michigander prick, but he eventually turned to the good side, no doubt
due to my uncanny ability to handle humanoids.

He was there for a plasma tv, but didn’t think he had much of a chance
since he was so far back in line and the tickets to the ones readily
available had already been handed out to those in the front of the line.
However, he had a kind of “second chance” thingy since they had more in
the warehouse and he would just had to order it inside and they’d be
able to tell him if he was in time to get one of the warehouse ones, or
something like that. I didn’t care since I wasn’t there for a tv.

Nope, I ended up getting two dvds, a cd and a videogame. That’s what I
got after waiting in line for 90 minutes and two of those items weren’t
part of the am sale going on that day. I just find it fun to wait in
line early in the morning, so fucking shoot me.

Now, on a normal Black Friday I would do that Best Buy run and then head
home. The stars weren’t aligned properly since I was asked by the woman
to stop at K-Mart and pick up a Fisher Price basketball hoop that was on
sale that day and that day only. That’ll teach me to call her and say
that I was done shopping for the day.

I tried to sound uninterested since I didn’t want to head to the K-Mart
up the street from us and have to wait in line again, but she convinced
me otherwise as I threw my purchases in the trunk. Then it dawned on me
that I was right in front of a K-Mart so it was a great possibility that
I could pick up the hoop and, after checking out the line waiting for
the doors to open and saw there was only four people waiting, I decided
it was a go. But I let her know that if they didn’t open until 7 (it was
5:45 at this time) there was no way I was going to wait. She kind of

So off I went to K-Mart and soon I found myself sixth in line. I asked
the lady in front of me what time they opened and was told 6, so this
worked out perfectly.

The doors opened, in I walked and there I watched as a couple people
behind me ran into the store. Why, I have no idea since there was maybe
a total of 15 people waiting for the store to open, but hey, some people
are just stupid.

I picked up the hoop and that was that. I headed home, had a couple of
bagels and fucked around for the rest of the day, until it was time for
my birthday dinner that was supplied by the fine folks from Taco Hell.

And there you have it. Kinda sucks you read this whole thing after
expecting something only to get absolutely nothing. Guess the title was
a bit misleading?

COMING NEXT: Gotta be something more exciting than that^?

Stephen Johnson

The idea of building a website with Bob came from Stephen in the days of message boards and chat rooms. We settled on the name and the rest is history. Retired since he hit the ripe age of 25, he spends most his time doing odd-jobs around the house and digging thru trash bins for "stuff that's still good." Stephen has contributed several short stories and hosted the "Lunatic Ravings" column since the beginning (1999). The idea of writing weekly columns came from Stephen before blogs or blog sites ever existed. So, I guess that makes him THE FIRST BLOGGER IN THE WORLD!!!

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