Bah Humbug

Question, people: When does the whole “goodwill towards men” part begin?  Is there a specific date? I ask because I’m about to go ballistic on a few people, and I don’t want to start handing out beat-downs during the time I’m supposed to be good.  Can’t have someone dropping a dime on me to Santa,…

Summertime

The funny thing about Independence Day – at least for me – is that it’s literally the summer’s version of Christmas Day.  In both cases, there’s a lot of anticipation and build up as we head towards the “big event.”  In the case of July 4th, the stores are filled with patriotic paraphernalia as early…

It Came!

Yep, this is the final entry in my Black Friday Blues epic. The box – The Package That Will Never Arrive – finally did.  The order was intact, and it was waiting for me when I arrived home.  Everything was fine.  I’m still pinching myself.  My great nightmare is finally over. I feel like Ahab…

Black Friday Blues – The Final Chapter?

Great balls of fire! A few hours after my last post, I received an e-mail on my phone: “Thank you for your order. Your order has now been shipped. Track your package online at http://www.ups.com/ Tracking Number: . . . “ Is it true?  Will The Package That Will Never Arrive finally find its way…

Black Friday Blues, pt. 3

As I began this wait for The Package That Will Never Arrive, I turned to Amazon for comfort. Amazon is funny when it comes to their sales.  Some items they’ve no problems in shooting out of the door, while others, you need an Act of Congress to get.  I have respect for the company, though,…

Let’s Go to Hobby Lobby!

I’ve noticed something over the years: Despite all of this “good will towards men” stuff, people tend to be even more obnoxious, rude, and combative, than usual during the Christmas season. Why is that?  This observation – which I made several years ago, in fact – resurfaced yesterday.  I just thought it strange.  Anyway, I happened…

Black Friday Blues, pt. 2

I’d mentioned my problem with my Black Friday Sales purchase. Well, it gets better. I’ve been monitoring my e-mail, as well as the company’s web page, for any news about shipments, deliveries, or problems with either.  Nothing.  No news is good news, right?  Well, out of curiosity, I decided to go to the company’s Facebook page. …

Black Friday Blues

I rarely take advantage of the various Black Friday Weekend sales, but I decided to make an exception this year.  By accident, I discovered that a company whose products I’d been a fan of for a while, was offering some amazing one-time-only deals.  I mean products that normally go for $30 and $50 each being…

What Happens Next?

In many respects, Independence Day is the summer’s equivalent of Christmas. Snow, cold, and all that includes are cool in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  We want a white, snowy Christmas because that’s what cards, Hallmark television movies, and tradition tells us.  People can’t wait for it to snow so they can feel that…