Black Friday Friday Five1. Would you ever/have you ever stood in line for something--tickets, good deals on electronics, Tickle Me Elmo?
It's been awhile. I HATE LINES. When I was at U of I, we stood in line to get lottery tickets for buying concert tickets. I stood in line for Peter Gabriel and U2 lottery tickets (ah, the good ol' days). But my roommate had the lottery luck, so we ended up with good tickets on her lottery number.
2. Do you enjoy shopping as a recreational activity?
I used to, but not so much anymore. These days I prefer shopping for things I know I need over the Internet.
I do like browsing and shopping when I'm in a different place, especially if it's in a different country. One of my favorite Black Friday memories is going down to Nogales, Sonora, with friends from the anthropology department. I still have a number of items I bought on that trip.
3. Your favorite place to browse without necessarily buying anything. Art festivals. Sometimes Williams-Sonoma. The King Arthur Flour catalog. The Bissinger's catalog.
4. Gift cards: handy gifts for the loved one who has everything, or cold impersonal symbol of all that is wrong in our culture? I have no problem with gift cards. But sometimes they're a little easy to lose.
5. Discuss the spiritual and theological issues inherent in people coming to blows over a Playstation 3. I don't think that's what we mean when we talk about the kingdom of God coming near to you.