In Preparation

I’m typing my blog from outside the Wall-mart in Skokie, Illinois. I’m camping out for the Black Friday big sales event. The store opens at 5 am. I’m very excited.

I need to be ready and aware. I’m deliberately not making friends with people in line so there will be no distractions come the big day. Last year I made the mistake of befriending five people. When the doors opened that Friday morning, two of them fell over in the stampede. I had a great start, but my conscience made me turn around and help them. That delay resulted in me giving my kids the Condensed Dickens Volumes 2 and 4, and a bag of marbles for Christmas. They didn’t speak to me until March.

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