Monthly Archives: November 2011

Take a Stand

Once known as a holiday to give thanks for family, friends, and the opportunities we share, Thanksgiving is the beginning of our six week long celebration of the end of one year and beginning of the next.

The beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Tomorrow is “Black Friday”, the busiest brick and mortar shopping day of the year.  Not that long ago, it was simply just a very busy shopping day, not fraught with sales and incentives.  (I always thought it would make more sense for retailers to intentionally spread out the holiday spending over a longer period, but what do I know?)

What it’s become bothers me, and I think it’s time to take a stand.  Those who know me know I’m all for people spending money on whatever they want, whenever they want.  While I may not share the populations desire for constant consumption, I am a big fan of getting the things I want and that make my life easier for a good price.

But the day after Thanksgiving blitz has gotten out of control.

I remember a time (and I’m not that old) when you had to make sure you got gas on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, because all the gas stations were closed.  20 years ago, I worked in one of the first McDonalds to open for breakfast on Thanksgiving – we opened from 6 to 11 and served breakfast.  We weren’t all that busy.

Today, McDonalds are open 24 hours.  Convenience stores and grocery stores have normal hours (which I think is more a demand issue, which is fine).  Beltway Fine Wine?  Open.  Wal-Mart is open 24 hours.

And tonight?  At midnight, Target, Toys R Us, HH Gregg, Macy’s, Ace Hardware, Kohls, and many, many more retailers will open their doors.

Old Navy is open today!  120 Best Buy locations will open at 9PM tonight.

What happened?  Do we really need to start shopping 10-12 hours earlier?  How many families jump up from Thanksgiving dinner and rush out to go shopping?

You know who can stop this?  We can.  Start a movement.  Don’t go shopping until tomorrow.  Better yet, don’t go shopping this weekend at all!  Make this weekend about something other than the sale, other than the price drop.  Retailers will listen and adjust.

Maybe I’m getting old, but my Thanksgiving remains about family and friends, about a large meal and lots of wine.  This year, it’s about Ravens football, too.  All with my wife, parents, siblings, aunt, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  Not with some crowd trying to save $40 on a big TV.  Time with my family is worth more to me.

You?

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Alliances

Check out some of the “unlikely” supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act.

Think about the tight relationships between unions and the current administration.

Remember that when it’s time to vote next year.


Here’s more awesome

I love this.  We’re rich, we want higher taxes, but we won’t voluntarily give more of our money to the government.  It says so much about these folks.

 


“I’m against private property, but I want to protect my personal property”

This is awesome.


Training, 11/6/2011; Press

Press

2×5 @ 45

2×3 @ 65

95×1

105×3

120×3

135×9

Did a set of 3 chins between each set, for a total of 24

Dips

3×7

Chins

5, 3, 2, 2

Hammer Curls

20×15

2×15 @ 30


Training, 11/5/11; Squat

Squat

2×5 @ 45

95×5

135×5

185×3

205×1

225×5

260×5

295×6

Felt strong, but I’m still not in very good shape.

Leg Pres

1pps x 15

3×15 @ 2pps

Lying Leg Curl

30×10

3×10 @ 40

Incline situp

3×10


In case anyone is wondering…

I started growing my beard in October.  I’m not growing it for man cancer awareness, or for the playoffs.

I’m growing it because it was time to put on the man pants.  It is a message to myself to man up, face itching be damned.

And it will entertain my nieces and nephews.


Training: 11/3/11, Bench Press

Bench press

2×5 @ 45

95×5

135×3

155×1

170×5

195×5

225×8

DB Bench Press

3×15 @ 50

DB Row

3×8 @ 80

Pressdowns

2×15

 


Training: 11/1/11, Deadlift

Deadlift

135×5

185×3

225×1

245×5

285×5

320×7

Good Morning

3×5 @ 135

Incline situp

4×8

 


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