Not Quite Turkey Day

We ended up doing a very non-traditional Thanksgiving this year.  With my girlfriend’s family, I went to an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ place in Artesia.  Yes, we cooked our own meat, but it was worth it!  Lots of food to go around, including some sushi and random Chinese dishes.  Needless to say, I ate well.  No turkey, though, which is a noticeable omission, but the beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, and squid more than made up for it.

Holiday Frenzy

Another Thanksgiving weekend has come and gone.  I had some nice birthday money, so I did trek out to see some of the Black Friday deals, though mostly during Friday proper.  My girlfriend and I did try to do some Thanksgiving night shopping, but it took a few tries.  The first place we went to was a Walmart that, for city ordinance issues, was not starting their sales until 4 in the morning – 8 hours later than we arrived, and 6 hours later than other Walmart stores.  We found another Walmart with no such issues, though it provided its own problems.  The line we were initially shown to was the incorrect one, and upon learning where we were supposed to be, things started getting ugly.  People in the existing line started arguing with the confused newcomers, prompting the relocation of a security guard to our area.  As soon as he left, shoppers descended like locusts upon the vacated DVDs, tearing down the plastic covers faster than Walmart employees could act.  We decided the extra savings for the video game we wanted weren’t worth the trouble.  Eventually we decided to go to a GameStop for its midnight opening.  We arrived half an hour early and were out within 15 minutes of the store’s opening.