Oh how the economy hinges on this one day! They call it Black Friday (presumably because of your mood after hours of tiring and rampant consumerism), the day after Thanksgiving here in the US, when the doorbusting sales bust doors and Christmas sorta kinda y'know begins.
For the record, I did not get up at 4:30am (actually, I did but only because I have an early-rising baby) to stand in line outside Comp USA or wherever in the freezing dark with other baggy-eyed consumistas for that five-per-store laptop. I did that two years ago, just as an experiment, and never again thank you (though I got a nice cheap flat screen monitor). This time I stayed home with baby, watching news reports from the front line of the economy, or 'Target' as it's commonly known. I ventured out later in the day, spending hours in Target and Best Buy in Santa Rosa, on the hunt for Christmas pressies, coming away with a serious headache and no actual bargains, but I did stop to draw a picture of the battle zone. It looks so peaceful, doesn't it.