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Rant #1: Christmas Shopping-related injuries

So here I am, watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade on T.V., relaxing, and at the same time being innundated with the mish-mash of "After Thanksgiving Day Sale" advertising. This doesn't bother me. It's part of our culture, and I love Christmas, anyway.

What gets me, though, is that now the stores are starting to open juuuuust a little earlier than usual.

By earlier, I'm referring to SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING!

I could rant about this issue alone, but let me add something else to the mix: This year some woman received a broken arm when she got TRAMPLED by other shoppers at SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING trying to buy some toy!

It goes without saying that the woman plans to sue the store where this happened. But what is the motivation in the first place to get up at 4:30 a.m. to be first in line at the local Toys-R-Us? Is it that you love your children so much that you will risk life and limb to get them that special toy? If that's so, why not do it TWO DAYS EARLIER? Maybe you can't resist saving that $2.00 on that gift. Is sleep deprivation worth it?

No. It's not. If I were the recipient of the gift this woman was getting, I'd ask for something different next year. Forget the Robo-toids and the Super-Soaker 20,000. Next year I'd be asking for a boot, so I could KICK THIS STUPID WOMAN IN THE ASS for being such a gullible hype-junkie. If you are so caught up in the stupid gimmicky crap thrown at you in every TV commercial, and are so shop-happy that you need to beat everyone else in your trailer park to the mall, do us a favor: Call NASA. Volunteer to test the theory of how far someone can propel themselves into outer space with a fire extinguisher.