For a lot of people — myself included — today is back-to-work day after the long Thanksgiving weekend. That means that the leftovers are finally consumed or tossed, the kitchen and dining area cleaned up, and now it’s time turn attention toward — or away from — the onrushing holidays coming up in the next month: Hanukkah (starting December 8), Christmas, New Years, Kwanzaa, Festivus, and whatever else they can make up to get us to spend money. This is when the TiVo fast-forward or mute button gets a workout to get past the commercials.
Hey, I’m all in favor of capitalism, and I’m glad to see that people are going out and shopping; that means the economy is improving, right? I’m not so crazy about the stories of people getting shot, pepper-sprayed, Tazered, trampled, or beaten over the last on-sale HDTV at BrandSmart, though, and if the “spirit of the season” means that people are getting shitfaced and then driving around with their BAC at twice the legal limit, then I’d rather they were doing it at home while It’s A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story was running in cycles on TV.
In the words of the immortal Phil Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there.”