Today is among my least favorite days on the calendar. It's Black Friday, a day of noise, crowds, excess, fear, frustration...
In a reversal of recent years, some stores and malls have cut back on their hours. It's a realization that we are an internet world.
I'm lucky. I do have a holiday plan in mind. Some of it involves visiting stores, and that usually happens in the mini lull at the beginning of December.
I like supporting local businesses, and businesses that employ local workers... but, I do have to go on-line for much of what I need. My work and sleep schedule dictates that. I need the convenience.
I also understand the reasons people venture out today. Some see it as great fun. I get that. Money is always tight, and I get that too. If wading in to a crowd helps you stretch your holiday budget, have at it.
All I ask is be careful on the roads, and be patient in the stores.