Reverendmother posted on RevGalBlogPals:
My husband accompanied my brother this morning to stand on line for a Nintendo Wii. They headed out at oh-dark-thirty this morning but were, sadly, thwarted. There were 30 people in line for 6 units. They are trying to be philosophical about it–“That’s the most I was willing to do, so I’m OK with it… imagine the people who waited for hours!” my brother said. So this is a “Black Friday” Five (aka Buy Nothing Day) in honor of the busiest shopping day of the year:
1. Would you ever/have you ever stood in line for something–tickets, good deals on electronics, Tickle Me Elmo?
NOPE. No way. Nada. Not even for the Buckeyes!
2. Do you enjoy shopping as a recreational activity?
Do I have to share the store? Do I have a budget? Do I have recalcitrant companions? Then no.
3. Your favorite place to browse without necessarily buying anything.
A place where I’m not tempted to buy anything because the prices are so ridiculously high — like the stores with the massaging easy chairs or the one with $1000.00 ink pens!
4. Gift cards: handy gifts for the loved one who has everything, or cold impersonal symbol of all that is wrong in our culture?
Depends on the store you choose and the amount… If you buy me a gift card for $5 to “Large Fat But Noble Women’s Clothing” I might be insulted. But if you give me a gift card from a book store for more than the cost of a real book, I will be cool with that. Besides, for my younger relatives, a card to Best Buy or the like makes them very happy.
5. Discuss the spiritual and theological issues inherent in people coming to blows over a Playstation 3.
I John 2: 15-16 Don’t love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, isn’t the Father’s, but is the world’s.
We are not going out shopping today, but we are going to have dinner out with the girls and see a movie… just because the calendar is free and we’ve been waiting to go see “Happy Feet” with them. Somehow I think the economy will get along without us just fine!
From our (possibly cheapskate) home to yours…