Well, I’ve got egg on my face, so to speak, after last week’s column, which was all about Black Friday.
Trouble was, it did not run on Black Friday. Turns out, we did not publish a paper the day after Thanksgiving. But no one thought to tell me. I guess I should have known, had I read thru the small pile of newspapers I’ve been keeping aside to read.
So, my Black Friday column ran on what is now known as Cyber Monday. I hope you weren’t confused. I was obviously the only one confused by the whole thing.
The point of the Black Friday column was to justify the fact that I do not participate in it, nor would I ever. I wished the best of luck to those of you who rose early and went on the day-long hunt for bargains. Guess what? I didn’t participate in Cyber Monday, either.
But I watched many news stories about the Friday and Monday shopping frenzies. Billions were spent on each of those days. Billions!
Now, those of you who loaded up on cyber deals must do just one thing: Wait for your packages to arrive. In time for Christmas. Will they? Who the heck really knows? And then, there’s wrapping those gifts and shipping them to your loved ones. Will they arrive in time for the holidays? Anybody’s guess.
Last Christmas season, a friend sent a single package to relatives in Atlanta. She shipped it from the post office way ahead of the stated deadline. And then, she waited.
I can’t recall all the places she tracked it to, none of them Atlanta. It wended its ever so slow way from Connecticut to Massachussetts to Georgia (but not Atlanta) to Florida. It was quite the frustration. I think I remember the bungled package finally reaching its destination, a smallish town called Alpharetta, sometime in April. With no explanation at all from the U.S Postal Service.
So: Get those packages in the mail early. And maybe think about using UPS or even Federal Express, instead.
There were a couple things on the evening news that drew my attention. There was the small plane pilot who managed, in the fog, to fly into the center of one of those giant electric transmission towers. It hung there. Savvy first responders arrived, got to work, and maneuvered the crushed fuselage (and two still-living passengers) off the tower and onto the ground. It took, I think, nine hours to do so.
There was the jury trial of Oath Keeper honcho Stewart Rhodes, charged with sedition for the attack on the Capitol Jan. 6, 2021. They found him guilty. Hooray! He faces up to 20 years in prison. My guess is, he’ll end up with two or three years. Sentences for these jerks have been more than lenient.
Then, there’s Kanye West. There’s not much I can or want to say about this creepy weirdo except that he is obviously obsessed with grabbing attention. For all the wrong reasons. I’m glad he lost his very lucrative sponsorships. I heard he lost a billion dollars in the space of about a month. Hah!
Another attention-grabbing creep, in my opinion, is Elon Musk. Ew – I don’t even like to look at his ugly mug. I’m glad I was never on Twitter, and I certainly will not be now.
So, I guess my gaffe about writing the wrong column for the wrong day isn’t so bad, all things considered. Life’s ups and downs … you gotta love ‘em!