Sunday, November 25, 2007

[Shopping] Season Kick-off

The spirit of Thanksgiving Day is unique amongst holidays in the U.S. As our friend and long time rider, Greg, pointed out; Thanksgiving is the rare holiday that has not been overly commercialized. It has remained a day of humble reflection and gratitude as originally conceived.

But, that joyous celebration of grace and kinship comes to an abrupt halt not long after the dishes have been washed and put away. Beginning as early as midnight, eager shoppers across the United States huddle in long lines awaiting the unbelievable bargains that herald the start of the next holiday; Black Friday.

Black Friday is the shopping frenzy that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Some may decry this surge of consumerism as a sign of our times, but the two have been tied together nearly since the beginning. Thanksgiving has been officially observed in the United States every year since 1863. In the middle of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the last Thursday in November be set aside for Thanksgiving. Franklin D. Roosevelt changed the celebration to the next-to-last Thursday during the Great Depression (1939) to allow merchants an extra week of sales before Christmas. Merchants, many of whom operate at a loss (in the ‘Red’) for most of the year, hope that the enormous increase in business brought on by the official start of the Christmas shopping season will put their coffers in the ‘Black.’

Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz.mp3

Steve Goodman - Vegamatic.mp3

Tom Waits - Step Right Up.mp3

Happy Shopping, folks!


Anonymous Richard said...

What a trio of tunefulness! Waits continues to amaze with his range and creativity, Joplin drives full-speed down the memory trail, and Steve recaps the credit-card woes of all of us who've ever succumbed to the thrill of 'impulse buying' ... I'm so glad I didn't order the Bow-Flex ... Thanks for a great start with a bit of humor on a leaden-gray Monday with just a wee bit o' the liquid sunshine comin' down ...

November 26, 2007 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Waits, I wonder who introduced me to his unique and wondeful talent back in '82? Oh ya, it was some guy named Ed. Small world. Small Change.

Richard - our liquid sunshine is coming down frozen, at the moment.

November 26, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Richard, A bit of humor is the best way to approach the task if one is to join the masses at the malls and big box stores this season.

November 27, 2007 7:02 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

'Small Change', indeed, our anonymous friend.

November 27, 2007 7:04 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I have an uncle, mid-seventies, who has purchased every gadget or thingamajig offered on late night TV. They are still in his attic, in their boxes. He's never used one of them. He admits to being an insomniac, and an addict to ads he can't resist. One day, we'll open a museum of "Uncle Gerald's Curiosties".

November 29, 2007 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Deislfume said...

Thanks for the travellin' blog....being a Canadian bus driver who also buses people to stores in USA, I can identify with all parts of the blog. I also have a bunch of Road Songs on cd's that I play when deadheading. Thanks for contributing....keep on truckin

December 01, 2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Welcome aboard, Rick! The Holiday shopping season and the Can/US exchange rate ought to keep you busy with loads of bargain shoppers.

December 01, 2007 8:24 PM  

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