I hate the term Black Friday. Remember when people called them the "after Thanksgiving sales?" At least then, the holiday was acknowledged.
There are places that are open on Thanksgiving Day, which I do not understand. A grocery store in each town (they can take turns), a few gas stations, hospitals, 24-hour drugstore and Waffle House - that should be it. People, even if they don't like their families, should be allowed to stay home one day a year, even if it just so they can be thankful they do not have to work.
So on Friday, AJ worked puzzles. I went to hang out with my grandfather for a couple of hours. Ben prepared to write a paper. We met for lunch, then Ben went a couple of places to shop while AJ and I went back home. Ben doesn't like crowds, but he does like deals, and he shops enough to know if something is worth it or not. He came home with batteries of all sizes and shapes. We are now set for all 2014 battery needs.
I took a nap, AJ did more puzzles, Ben thought more about his paper. I suddenly decided we needed to go bowling, so we braved the Trussville traffic and went to the Lightning Strikes bowling alley. (Clever name, eh?)
The place was not at all crowded, and they were running their own Black Friday deal, so we bowled two games and got shoes and sodas for $8/each. That's a deal I can get behind.
After the first frame, we asked to have bumpers put up for AJ's turns. This improved her performance so much that she came in second place. I took second in the second game, with Ben as the champion both times.
On the way in, AJ's shoestring unraveled in dramatic fashion. It was decided we'd head to the shoe store after bowling to get new laces. Evidently, Sketchers knows their laces are terrible and provides spare pairs, but I knew that at present, I can only find non-matching replacements.
We set out on our mission. Ben went to get a haircut. We soon found out what Black Friday shopping is all about. Rack Room Shoes had quite the line! They were running 60% off deals. We only needed some $2.49 shoelaces (in neon pink) but waited in line a long time while others tried to redeem online coupon codes and went back for other sizes.
After that ordeal, we went to Yogurt Mountain. AJ got cake batter/cookies and cream yogurt and I got candy cane flavor. Here she is with her creation. I had a BOGO coupon, so we did at least get a deal.
She's chewing a gummy bear here. I still do not know why they are ice cream toppings.
We went home and had leftovers for dinner.
We brushed Radar's teeth with homemade toothpaste. No one liked that.
It was a good day. I was glad to be away from the crowds, mostly, and to spend time with my favorite people.