Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Week 2010

Sunday brunch with Harold ...

After months of trying to find a date that works for both of us, this is it. We are both 67 and should be relaxing or retired, but are busier than ever with the things we love to do in our homes that face the water. We both write and research and talk a lot... Aquarius and Leo are talkers, having been friends since meeting at a MUFON meeting in NYC in 1989. We've come a long way baby, and yet the answers were always there.


It's time for holiday stuff and stuffing. People I know are helping the less fortunate who will not be part of a happy Thanksgiving celebration this year, for any number of reasons - money, divorce, death, military, separation stuff ....

Giving and helping others is what makes so many of us feel good at this time of the year and always.


The weeks ahead are a time to shop and with that many have found bargains everywhere ... including the 99 cent stores. I walked through my local 99 cent store, which sells items up to $5, and found the most interesting things, especially for children. I know the older children get the more expensive the 'toys', but there is an understanding that comes with age about family finances.

Gifts certificates still make a great present especially for online shopping in places like Amazon and Target. Since the recession, retailers have learned to start their sales early. My mall has major sales up to 70% in some places. It takes me back to the old days with old prices, yet I wonder how that affects production costs.

Black Friday

Next we find the Black Friday specials - a bargain-seekers delight. Some people wait months for this sale. Some will actually wait online for hours sleeping on chairs, until the stores open.

Most of these stores have fixed inventory. Let's say there were 20 name brand laptops each selling at a very cheap price. Several years go I read about people who would buy as many laptops as they could, then sell them on eBay for a profit. I am told that stores now offer only one item per customer, which seems fair.

Do you remember this story? Worker dies at Long Island Wal-Mart after being trampled in Black Friday stampede November 28, 2010. It was just after the recession started.

    A Wal-Mart worker died early Friday after an "out-of-control" mob of frenzied shoppers smashed through the Long Island store's front doors and trampled him, police said. The Black Friday stampede plunged the Valley Stream outlet into chaos, knocking several employees to the ground and sending others scurrying atop vending machines to avoid the horde. When the madness ended, 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour was dead and four shoppers, including a woman eight months pregnant, were injured. It was all caught on camera.

Thanksgiving 2010

If you're leaving early, have a great vacation. I'll be with my children and extended family in New Jersey.

Astrology ...

The sun moved into Sagittarius on Sunday accompanied by a Full Moon 29ยบ Gemini being called a Blue Moon. Mercury will be retrograde from December 10 - 30 which could affect your holiday shopping and plans.