Not Gold Friday?

How was your Black Friday? Where on earth did they come up with that term, anyway? Isn’t this supposed to be a happy day for the economy, with all these people pouring their recession-squeezed dollars into the coffers of business?

I was working on a freelance assignment and the computer monitor went dead. (It’s been dying for weeks.) So it was off to Best Buy. I was grumbling. My wife reminded me that a computer monitor was a necessity for my writing work and for the young miss’s homsework. What a sensible spouse.

She also mentioned that our printer has been dead for the last few months, so I made a deal. If we could find a scanner/printer combo for less than $100, we’d get that too. (I confess I’ve been getting tired of having Brit send her homework to my office and having to plunk down 5 cents a copy into the personal use envelope.)

Well, we found “best” buys for both items under a hundred. A good bit under, in fact. No more 1999 clunky television set on the computer desk.

It was our second venture into the High Holy Day of Materialism. The young miss had saved up some money for a cd player. She thought one of those under-the-counter models would be a perfect mount on the headboard of her bed. She was curious about why they also had timers. I told her the usual use wasn’t on a bed, but under a kitchen cupboard. So we had been out earlier this morning looking for such things. The local Target was pretty crazy. I was glad to escape from there.

Any good deals?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to Not Gold Friday?

  1. Harry says:

    Just some thoughts here.

    When my computer monitor went dead, I went to a thrift store and picked up a monitor for $5. Yes, it’s a “1999 clunky television set” but that was three years ago, and I am still using it. Sony Trinitron.

    You got to be careful about buying printers to check how much the ink cartridges cost. That’s what they are really selling. I got a printer free with the last computer I bought, and the ink cartridges ran $32. Each.

    Does anybody have any experience with the Kodak printer/copier/scanners that run under $100 and use $10 ink?

  2. Randolph Nichols says:

    Considering “Black Friday” signaled the beginning of the 1929 crash, I too wonder why that usage became part of our lexicon. I suppose it refers to attempts by merchants to get their ledgers in the black.

    Being early risers anyway, my wife and I have made Black Friday an essential part of our Christmas shopping. Being very busy and more financially pressed than in the past, it serves a very practical purpose. Though the parking lot at our nearby mall was almost full by 6:30 a.m., I read in today’s paper that sales were tepid at best. Like most people, we stayed clear of the big ticket items but hit the jackpot on more moderately priced stuff.

  3. Thinking Out Loud says:

    I am wondering how to handle something. As you know, Bill Tammeus links to this blog.

    Anyone noticed how he attacks Catholics more and more these days.

    And how his comment section is domintated by Miltitant atheits and the theists have disappeared?

    And I assume this is the way he wants it, as it is a moderated blog.

    Should I post there anymore?

    If anyone is familiar with his blog, any advice?

  4. Todd says:

    I’m acquainted with Bill; he and I exchanged a few e-mails when I lived in Kansas City.

    I don’t read his column or his blog since I moved to Iowa. If I had realized he linked here, I would have provided a link in return.

    My guess is that each blog’s commentariat moderates itself far more than the blogger does. I do hear from conservative folks who no longer visit here–I’ve been told my tone veers toward insulting or strident.

    Speaking for myself, I prefer to engage on blogs in which I’m the minority viewpoint. It’s more of an intellectual challenge. Plus, I have to be on my toes. Both as a writer and as a person who aspires to a certain moral standard. I don’t know that I worry so much about being nice as about being good, if you take my meanings.

    Maybe I should visit Mr Tammeus; it sounds as if I wouldn’t fit in there, and that might be a good thing.

  5. Todd,

    I understand engaging those who you disagree with, but it is also good to encourage those you also agree with.

    I fully understand why you engage those you disagree with more; but sometimes the best way to do so is not to give them a response, but to give those you agree with a response to help them in their own personal struggles, considerations, and pondering.

    Of course, one can’t be writing everywhere, but I am just trying to say, diversity helps :)

  6. Jimmy Mac says:

    Out here on the Left Coase, Office Max will refill your black cartridges for $10 and tricolor ones for $15.

    I’ve been reusing the same cartridges for at least 9 months now and the refills last good and long — at a lot less $$. I use the 74XL and 75XL which require a second mortgage to buy new.

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