Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 22938 – 1027
Here’s the haps:
First off, thank you all for your support and prayers. I should know by now that when I get a shot, whether it’s flu or covid or whatever I wind up getting the symptoms right away but I am doing better. Another thing I should know is that I am really not adept at using the WP app on my phone. The post about Ken D. was supposed to be about a couple of different people but somehow I wound up publishing it instead of saving it as a draft. Thus the wonky title. When I realized what had happened I was going to take it back down and finish it but there were several comments on it already and I didn’t want to mess it up. I appreciate comments and try to respond to every one as I know it takes time and effort to write a comment of any sort.
I’m not shopping this weekend. What has come to be known as Black Friday is a vulgar dichotomy to me. Thanksgiving is (or is intended to be) a time of thankfulness and solemn reflection on the many blessings we have only to be followed up with greed and materialism at insane levels. Years back a man was shot by robbers trying to steal his TV. I can remember in the early Eighties when Cabbage Patch Dolls were the big thing and even in my small hometown fistfights broke out and the police had to be called because the only store that had them started to run out and someone tried to buy a cartful of them because there was no sign saying there was a limit. This was in a time before the internet or eBay or anything. Tickle-Me-Elmo caused the same thing. People have been killed in stampedes when the doors to a store were opened.
When I worked at the Big Blue Box on Black Friday I remember how people acted when management would pull out a pallet of a sale item, wrapped in black plastic, and at a certain time, they were to open them. Customers hovered like a pack of slavering hyenas waiting for the lions to leave a carcass. And when the time to open that pallet came? The mob mentality was terrifying. And all of that to celebrate the message of “…on Earth peace, Good will to men.”