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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:50 AM

Anybody doing Buy Nothing Day?

I had a bit of guilt when I realized my first counseling session is tonight. But then I remembered that just like drugs, the first one is free. Dodged that one!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:51 AM

1. I'm not buying anything today. Nada.

Did the last bit of shopping last night and won't shop again till Sunday.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:54 AM

4. I've been doing it for years

I work nights anyway so I'll sleep this crazy day away.

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Response to BlueCaliDem (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:02 PM

11. I try to avoid stores from today until about jan 15th

Except for food.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:52 AM

2. LOL I have no money to spend anyway

Even if I did I would avoid the big stores like the plague.

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:06 PM

39. Same here. n/t

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:32 PM

106. Me, too.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:53 AM

3. Me...yesterday and today.

Tomorrow I will go to my local small business pet store and buy Christmas presents for my dog and my daughter's dog.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:56 AM

5. If it weren't for my bills

EVERY day would be Buy Nothing Day.


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Response to rocktivity (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:13 PM

56. Ditto.

The budget I wrote out 5 years ago is no longer realistic for current food and utility prices.
But our income has not increased.
Except for neccessities, every day is buy nothing day.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #56)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:55 PM

81. Glad to know I'm not alone.....

Every day is buy nothing day, not that I'm complaining since I have a nice roof over my head and enough food not to be hungry. Besides, I have just enough and have no desire to own any more crap, especially crap made in China.

Even if I had money, I sure as hell wouldn't be out shopping today. I avoid stores as much as I can this time of year except for groceries.

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Response to llmart (Reply #81)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:40 PM

96. Lovely thing about being retired is

we have all the essentials the house needs, plus the bills go down compared to the expenses of working.
Plus, as you say, "crap from China" is not tempting, we focus on getting good old American stuff, 2nd hand.

God bless online buying!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #96)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:22 PM

113. So true.

I've just retired in July and can't believe how much money I save just by not having to fill up the gas tank every week or buy work clothes which I seldom did anyway. I told a friend that I only have to fill my gas tank about once a month now and she was so envious.

I like the Salvation Army stores because you can get the older stuff that was made in the US.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:56 AM

6. After we pay the garage to fix our 20 year old car, there's no money for Big Box stuff.

Doing our part, but we have priorities.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:56 AM

7. I bought bagels today.

Oh and gas for the trip home. Does that count?

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Response to Kber (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

9. I tend to try to go with the letter rather than the spirit

But I think food and transportation probably work fine within the spirit. Walmart door busters definitely don't.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:57 AM

8. The zombie mall walk sounds vaguely fun

But as I said, it's nearing my bedtime.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:59 AM

10. Survival shopping.

A few vegetables to make broth tonight.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:02 PM

12. scheduled to work at hospital lab today

and for the rest of the holiday weekend.

Otherwise, I'd pick up the 2 missing ingredients I need to bake cookies, then meditate and nap today.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:03 PM

13. Yep.

This is a buy nothing day. Or we have done the alternative ... Head for Main Street local shops and support their businesses. They don't have "deals," but they have friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere. Big box stores rarely see me ... Especially on Black Friday.

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Response to ladym55 (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:05 PM

15. I think your alternative is a perfectly nuanced statement

I think it would get ad busters seal of approval.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:03 PM

14. I have to go buy some sinus medicine.

Otherwise, I'm participating.

I HATE going out on Black Friday. I HATE to shop, anyway, so I could kick myself for not remembering to get it Wednesday (I spent all day yesterday cooking or watching movies with my husband and kids and, of course eating with them and my Mom).

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:06 PM

17. I'm sorry

Having to venture out for sinus medicine sucks. Be safe out there.

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Response to Fawke Em (Reply #14)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:22 AM

151. I bought an extra package last week since I can't always find it

Wish I could pass it on so you didn't have to go out. I agree that necessary medical supplies don't count.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:06 PM

16. Me!

Not buying anything today. Taking the kids to the park.

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Response to Tree-Hugger (Reply #16)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:08 PM

19. Woot

Thanks for the solidarity and then for your sanity and the joy your children will have.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:07 PM

18. I plan to stay in my jammies all day

just surfing around DU and giving the TV some attention too. It's couch potato day in my house.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:09 PM

21. Me too

Well the jammies part.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #18)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:23 PM

34. Same here. Not leaving the house today.

I brought work home with me, so it's not exactly do-nothing day, though.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:08 PM

20. Well, I do have to run out for wine and booze, but other than that, nothing.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:10 PM

22. Lol

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Response to tavalon (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:18 PM

28. WHAT?

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #28)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:20 PM

29. I just thought it was cute

While I want people to participate, I'm not dogmatic about it.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #29)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:23 PM

36. Well I STILL need to go get wine and booze.

 

On Edit: Oh, and Irish Creme for my wife's coffee - sorry, forgot that.

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #20)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:06 PM

52. A lot of booze is produced in the US, and comes with decent wages

 

likewise a lot of liquor stores are local or regionally owned. So . . . I think booze should get a pass.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #52)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:17 PM

58. Yeah, that's all I buy. US made.

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #58)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:25 PM

62. I hear Kentucky has a distillery or two . . .

 

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #62)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:30 PM

64. Ya think?

 

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:11 PM

23. Kinda, sorta...

I forgot about a bill that is due Monday, so paid it today. Other than that, not buying anything I wouldn't normally buy: coffee and black cohosh (damn hot flashes!) from small, local businesses, and dinner/entertainment tonight at a small, local restaurant/music club owned by long-time friends. We normally avoid the big box stores as much as possible, and never shop on the big days, so it's not unlike any other day.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:11 PM

24. Almost, but I have a meeting scheduled in a coffee shop

& so will probly at least buy a cup of coffee.

At least it's a local, non-mega-chain shop.

Other than that, nichts.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:11 PM

25. An annual tradition in this house...

I have to go to the bank to make a deposit, otherwise we stay home on this day.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:12 PM

26. of course!



But...... I was picking produce with a crew of women who pick produce for a living. They work outside 10 hr days 6 days a week and make minimum wage. The thing they look forward to all year long is this Black Friday thing. They do the camp out in the parking lots- everything! They see it a big fun sport and they buy a few things for family that normally they cannot afford with their low wages that they work so hard for.

And so I need to temper my rush to conclusions about who or why people participate in this blood sport.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:15 PM

27. Almost. My wife is making me take her to the craft store to buy "just one thing" that we need.

We all know how THAT always turns out.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:21 PM

30. We are doing the opposite of buying

We're going through, room by room, all this long weekend purging of things we don't need/don't use. We'll either trash or donate those items depending on if they might be of value to anyone else.

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Response to gollygee (Reply #30)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:47 PM

78. good idea!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:21 PM

31. Watching James Bond

Sean Connery. One of the best Bond guys out there.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:22 PM

32. Shopped at a local store in our little village today.

Needed silver dip for jewelry polishing. All the little stores and restaurants were hopping. It made me happy to see that. I sell to little stores, it's how I make my living. When they do well our communities thrive. I also bought some floor cleaner at our little KMart, no chance of buying that here at a little independent store but at least most of the tax dollars spent there stay local.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:23 PM

33. Wish I could

Bastards at the airline lost my luggage yesterday. They managed to find my lady's suitcase, so she's calmed down, at least. And my stuff was in a backpack that I usually carry on, but I was trying to be a nice guy, and make room in the overhead bins.

The lesson is, always pack at least a two-day supply of clothes and meds to take with you in carry-on. Had to explain to the jerkoff in Bangalore why I didn't want to go out in crowds of stupid people on Black Friday.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:23 PM

35. Yup. Going to be in my shop fixing stuff. n/t

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:31 PM

37. I never shop on Black Friday

Not my idea of fun, although I can respect folks who regard bargain shopping as a "sport". Spending the day with my little granddaughter and we'll get a pizza (local place, not a chain) for dinner.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:56 PM

38. Other than to get some milk and cereal, nada

Groceries shouldn't count. Grocery store madness happens before thanksgiving, anyway.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:15 PM

40. Too broke to shop....

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:16 PM

41. I needed some bananas

other than that, we're good!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:21 PM

42. I'm not buying anything today.

I want absolutely nothing in common with all those cement-heads that stampede into the stores to fight to the death over a $50 Bluray player.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:34 PM

43. I'm probably going to end up

ordering a pizza. I've been craving one. I can't face Thanksgiving leftovers today because I ate so much stuffing yesterday I think I'm about to turn into stuffing.

Fighting Black Friday? Oh, hell no. You couldn't pay me to get mixed up in that mess.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:35 PM

44. I'm cleaning and prepping for the big dinner tomorrow

We always do our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday: we started that tradition because it's much easier for two working people, and it's our anniversary, kinda.

So I'm spending the day baking pies, cleaning, looking for my extra dishes, and enjoying the sunshine.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #44)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:18 PM

87. If my husband were still alive, it would be our anniversary too. It would also be his b-day

Happy Anniversary!

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Response to notadmblnd (Reply #87)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:07 PM

129. That's probably pretty hard, huh?

Nonetheless, it's nice to see you wish him a happy anniversary. I'm sorry he's gone.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:49 PM

45. Yup. You will not find me in the stores on Black Friday.

I did it once and never again.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:58 PM

46. I haven't done it since the 80s.

I had a friend who used to come into town for the weekend, and we would go shopping and see a movie or two. He's long gone now, and it's never had the same appeal since then. I live two blocks from a major shopping center, and less than a mile from a major shopping district up May Avenue, so the traffic is horrid to try to get almost anywhere. Plus the fact that now it seems to be literally taking your life into your hands to go out, so I just stay at home. I've been off all week, cleaning house and trying to get over a lousy cold, so I'm content to just be here with the dog, enjoying my time off. I'm already dreading going back to work on Monday....

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:59 PM

47. We had to buy a battery for our son's pick up truck...twas dead, it was...but went in the truck...

Last edited Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:32 PM - Edit history (1)

not under the tree.

p s the old battery was 12 years old...and it will be recycled.
Tikki

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:59 PM

48. I am buying sustainable vegetable seeds. nt

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:01 PM

49. I needed water after covering the leafleting

Also used public transit.

So no.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:01 PM

50. I bought a cup of coffee at a sole proprietorship coffee shop then took my daily driver vehicle in

 

...to a Sanford and Son type operation in my neighborhood for a smog check.

The coffee was fine, my vehicle passed, and I feel good that I am in compliance with California's strict pollution control laws and that I supported the little guy by not going to a Starbucks or to a big corporate chain smog place.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:04 PM

51. I'm buying a new shower head...


It's "honey-do" day in our household so every year I get to trudge out to places no normal after-holiday shopper goes. This year, it's the plumbing supply house. We're havin' fun now.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:06 PM

53. I am in fact I am buying nothing this season

other than fod, rent, insurance utilities..but nothing that I wouldn't pay for during any other month. FUCK CHRISTMAS!!!!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:07 PM

54. How Does "Buy Nothing" Help the President Or Our Party?/nt

That being said I doubt I will buy anything but it won't be by design.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #54)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:42 PM

75. Are you concerned that way about EVERYTHING

that you do?

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #75)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:45 PM

77. See My Handle/nt

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #77)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:49 PM

80. Yeah, so am I

Since when does that have anything to do with it. Everyone makes mistakes. You don't just blindly follow the Party Line, do you?
I should say every politician makes mistakes, and they should be pointed out, whatever party you are on, but making every one of your life's actions adhere to the ever-changing policies of any one political party is not very healthy.

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Response to DemocratSinceBirth (Reply #54)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:09 PM

130. Actually, it doesn't

It helps our planet. There was a time, in my lifetime, when we were called citizens, not consumers.

If you are willing, go to the link I provided and watch the "infamous" pig commercial.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:09 PM

55. yep

nothing

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:15 PM

57. A quart of paint and a brush from a locally owned and operated hardware store.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:20 PM

59. I buy nothing *most* days.

It's easy to make a special point of it today, but not even necessary.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:21 PM

60. A cup of coffee for a business meeting at a locally-owned coffee shop this morning.

Later, some drinks at a locally-owned bar. I think the Rev. Billy would be okay with that.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:25 PM

61. Well, I bought, but

it was just at the supermarket. Nothing Black Fridayish at all. I needed to get food due to a last minute decision to make a Thanksgiving dinner today for my son, who had to work at a restaurant yesterday.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:27 PM

63. Nothing at all!

Making soup from the turkey carcass.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:30 PM

65. Me me me.. Home enjoying the day with my two cats and honey!!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:31 PM

66. coupl'a beers is all, nt

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:34 PM

67. So far.

I'm home writing.

Trying to figure out how to buy local, domestic products this year.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #67)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:11 PM

131. That can actually be a lot of fun

The 100 mile diet has become a popular marketing thing in these parts.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:38 PM

68. Been doing my Xmas shopping day after T-Day...

...since I was a teenager.

I dig the malls, I dig the crowds, and I dig gettin' it done a month ahead of time.

Sue me.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #68)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:41 PM

72. All that digging

Must take a lot of energy. Did you ever wear out a shovel?

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #72)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:20 PM

94. New shovel!

Thanks for reminding me!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:39 PM

69. We had to buy milk and cat food

but that's something we buy every week.

I only went Black Friday shopping once. It was awful, I felt like the crowd was seconds away from a stampede the whole 5 minutes I was brave enough to stay in the store.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:39 PM

70. Technically I didn't buy anything today (except a bottle of iced tea).

I did, however, stand in line for my mother-in-law so she could get a new DVD player. She bought it, I just sacrificed a few hours of sleep. She is really a great MiL, and she would do the same for me if I were to ask.

Now I'm home, and I'm staying here!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:40 PM

71. I have been doing it

for many years now. So many that I lost count.
I also hate to shop, so I probably did it before Adbusters came out with their campaign.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #71)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:15 PM

132. I've come to abhor crowds

I know I haven't always because I use to go to Disney World all the time and San Antonio's fiesta celebration- very crowded and it didn't bother me. Now, even a small crowd makes my skin crawl a bit.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:41 PM

73. Had to buy gas, the horse is 7 days a week. But otherwise, nothing. n/t

 

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:42 PM

74. LOL. It's 2:30 and I am still in my pjs. No online shopping either

Just watching movies with all 3 cats sleeping near me. It is snowing out after it being 60F yesterday. Love Michigan--weather's a crapshoot. This is Nirvana.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #74)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:07 PM

83. Sounds like heaven to me.....

I am reading a good book with my dog sleeping on the floor next to me. I've got a fire in the fireplace, a throw blanket on my legs and a cup of tea. It is so nice to be able to thoroughly enjoy peace and quiet and not the rat race.

Oh, and it just started to flurry here (3:00 PM) and I'm in the Detroit suburbs. How could it be so nice yesterday and then today????

Well, it's Michigan

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Response to llmart (Reply #83)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:18 PM

88. The news showed guys playing golf yesterday, better than that Lions game



I'm in GR so we're getting some lake effect flurry action. Your day sounds heavenly like mine. Who would want to go shopping today? I don't think shopping should be a contact sport. Enjoy you day!!

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Response to catbyte (Reply #88)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:19 PM

112. Thank you.....

I've told some of my women friends that I think I didn't get the shopping gene like a lot of women did

I hate shopping and always have. Now that I'm 63 I can't think of a darned thing I need or want. I have enough already. If I have books and music I'm fine.

Grand Rapids always gets more snow than we do. I'm in Macomb.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #74)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:17 PM

133. You make it sound like Nirvana

Wow, that's some weather. In my neck of the woods, it rains from about the end of October until July. Unfortunately, in the last few years global climate change has given us surprising amounts of snow. Seattlites kind of understand rain. Snow, not at all.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:44 PM

76. We WERE, but a repair emergency got in the way.

We had to go get a tool or have water spraying everywhere.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:48 PM

79. yup!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:57 PM

82. This is my 12th year...

celebrating buy nothing day. It is one of my favorite days of the year.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:12 PM

84. I got a coffee on my way to work

other than that, I didn't buy anything. Don't plan on going out of the house for the next two days so the car can wait for gas til monday. It should be chesper then too.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:14 PM

85. bought pre-owned jewelry on ebay. does that count? eom

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Response to ellenfl (Reply #85)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:19 PM

134. That's another of those letter vs spirit

Recycle, reuse and the other word doesn't come to mind. While I'm not buying anything today, I'm not about to rag on anybody about it.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:16 PM

86. I never do. It has always struck me as strange to do this.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:23 PM

89. I have a hair appointment every four weeks; it just happened that this month's is today

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:24 PM

90. I'm buying beer & tequila.

And some munchies to go with.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #90)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:32 PM

124. Awesome!

You get a free pass for beer and tequila! Peace!

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Response to Kath1 (Reply #124)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 11:00 AM

160. Back at 'cha!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #90)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:23 PM

135. About your sig line

You guys did it far better than we did, but we also relegalized it. I think yours, though, will be the one that is less likely to be struck down. And while I don't personally like pot, I'm offended at the criminalization of drugs overall, so I'm hoping this pebble starts an avalanche and buries the drug war.

And as an aside, we also legalized same sex marriage. I had a colleague who was genuinely confused that I, not being gay, would vote for the referendum. I have to admit I'm confused by her confusion.

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Response to tavalon (Reply #135)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:21 AM

158. Colorado is an odd state.

I don't recall exactly, but it was many years ago we had some anti-gay bill pass that ended up being controversial. Also, more than once, we've had fetal rights bills on our ballots. They tried to get one this year, but didn't have enough sigs.

I don't know how the various states have set up their medical marijuana programs, but I've heard Colorado's is a good model.

The legalization of weed & equal rights for our LGBT community are coming! I did not think I would see this much success on the war on a leaf, in my lifetime, so I am feeling slightly positive.

As for your colleague, that is just narrow minded thinking.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:31 PM

91. moi

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:17 PM

92. I haven't bought anything on black Friday for many, many years. It's simply not worth it. nt

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:19 PM

93. No shopping for us

We went on a nice long hike in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:21 PM

95. Me for sure and even if it wasn't a

statement of principle, I have $4 in my purse until next Wednesday.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:51 PM

97. Might go out later for a gallon of milk.

The grocery store is pretty much the only place we ever go on Black Friday.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:16 PM

98. Tried but coffee pot broke and had to buy one on sale. Dang*

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:18 PM

99. I bought nothing that was unimportant.

 

But I had to buy medications and necessities today from the local groceries.

Wife's med cost this week: $100, and that was just from the Urgent Care - and we're trying to return the mouthwash that was not needed (Mouthwash is $30)

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:54 PM

100. check

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:11 PM

101. I bought beer.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:11 PM

102. No shopping for me.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:18 PM

103. Hung out on the beach. I didn't want to get pepper sprayed in the electronics section.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:23 PM

104. It is a well known biblical fact

that the 3 Magi were on line at 3:00am late Thanksgiving night waiting to purchase their myrrh, frankincense and gold.

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Response to Golden Raisin (Reply #104)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:24 PM

136. LOL

They started Black Friday! Damn those Magi.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:30 PM

105. Me! On Wednesday I bought plenty of food,

rum, cokes, and (of course) dog food. I'm drinking the rum and cokes and watching the Fringe marathon. I may have to go out tomorrow to buy milk (non-rBST, of course), but otherwise I'm set!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:36 PM

107. oops already bought a chili at Wendy's. Will try to abide tomorrow instead.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:45 PM

108. ABSOLUTELY not buying a thing all weekend! nt

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:55 PM

109. Here,

...but everyday is Buy Nothing NEW Day since we moved to The Woods and went On Strike in 2006.

We buy or barter for 2nd Hand or salvage, directly from the previous owner wherever possible, and make it work,
or do without.
We produce a good percentage of our own food (HoneyBees, Chickens, Berries, Fruit Trees and a BIG Veggie Garden),
and do all building & labor ourselves mostly with hand tools.
What we can't produce ourselves, we buy in bulk and cook from scratch.
We are current developing a local Co-Op with a few neighbors to increase our bulk buying capabilities.

We are still On the Corporate Hook for ISP, Phone, TV, and energy,
but are steadily reducing those dependencies.

Our motto is:

Next Year, we will !CONSUME! Less!

So far, so good,
but this lifestyle is not for everybody.
My Wife & I very fortunate to be healthy and strong,
and have a good set of complimentary skills that make this fun (most of the time).

Today was no different from most other days as far as our buying & spending behavior is concerned.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #109)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:26 PM

137. Nice

You are reclaiming the title of citizen instead of consumer. I'm trying to as well. I buy everything at thrift stores.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:02 PM

110. Ran out of half and half today (lots of company yesterday and today) so that's my only purchase

Cause I'm not facing work at 6:30 am tomorrow morning without my coffee!!

But I got it at the employee-owned, locally owned, Woodman's.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:15 PM

111. nuthin

And hell no black friday things are MOBBED,I hate the crowds and such,I stay AWAY from shopping as much as I can..Especially on black friday,and the holidaze,which I hate BTW.If I get gifts it's for a very few and they are meaninful and decent gifts I can't afford to do otherwise.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:39 PM

114. If you don't count postage, I didn't buy anything.

I had to mail an order out, but aside from that, I've been decorating at home.

You couldn't pay me to get mixed in with those crowds. There is nothing I need that much.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:45 PM

115. I tried hard but I desperately needed grocery's

And cat food. My kitty is happy. I sort of don't think consumables count though.

I don't know, in past years it has seemed like excessive consumerism and stuff but it hasn't been this grotesque or am I just getting old?

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Response to jimlup (Reply #115)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:53 AM

156. Whether you are growing old or not, I cannot say

But I do know that in my life I went from being called a citizen to being called a consumer. I think that alone is grotesque and yes, I think it is becoming more like Bread and Circuses every year.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 08:49 PM

116. Bought some drano and a lightbulb at the locally owned, walking distance, hardware store

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Response to diane in sf (Reply #116)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:00 PM

119. Oh just remembered we have a new small business hardware store in town.

I'm going to make a point of going there tomorrow. I need some paint rollers and a vent cap. I will probably go by a couple small antique stores as well. Got to support the small businesses in a town filled with big box stores.

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Response to jackbenimble (Reply #119)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:27 PM

138. Absolutely

Anytime we shop local, not big box, it helps.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:44 PM

117. I'm participating!

There are a few things I need to order online (as they're not available locally), but I'm not even going to do that until after midnight, when it's officially Saturday.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 09:55 PM

118. I didn't spend a cent today.

Not one cent! No black friday shopping for me. In fact I will likely take some vacation time to do the small amount of shopping I need to do for Christmas just so I can avoid the crowds. I don't like shopping anyhow, unless it is online. I do like to research my purchases online then go pick them up at a store if I can.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:06 PM

120. Done nt

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:08 PM

121. Only a few groceries.

Necessities.To be fair, the kids are all grown. But not partaking in this mass materialistic consumption holiday is freeing!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:10 PM

122. Honey, my husband owns a construction business. We have been doing 'Buy Nothing Day'...

for the past four years straight.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:28 PM

123. Bought Nothing!

Did nothing! Actually, I got gloriously stoned for the first time in forever with my daughter and her friend Tracy and we laughed our asses off at Fox News for an hour. Then I went back to bed until noon. Being part of that lazy 47% has advantages!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:34 PM

125. Right here!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:44 PM

126. GAs for the car, as I was traveling,

a few bottles of wine from a Vermont country store and a smll box of black licorice from same. Did I overdo it? I do not do big box ever, and my dollars, aside from the gas went local....did I pass?

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:51 PM

127. We went to Zion National Park

The ranger told me it wasn't just unseasonably crowded, but the biggest Thanksgiving weekend she'd seen in twenty years.

We bought gas and a Christmas ornament ( the latter from the park), and in the way home stopped for burgers. I don't know if that qualifies us for "Buy Nothing," but it was a hell of a lot better than Black Friday.

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #127)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:30 PM

140. Just going to a national park instead of Walmart is great

It's the spirit of the thing. "They" are trying to make us massive consumers and any little push back is just fine. Good on ya.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:59 PM

128. Does toilet paper count?

I would argue, and I suspect there'd be no dissent, that this can go in the "essential purchases" category

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:28 PM

139. I've been a little under the weather

so I've bought nothing today. I wasn't even tempted.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:50 PM

141. I'm buying nothing. But the OP knew that, seeing that I'm her husband. :)

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Response to jmondine (Reply #141)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:08 AM

144. Hi you!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:53 PM

142. I didn't buy anything for Black Friday

My husband went to the grocery store and bought bananas, salad, and medicine for his cold. If I go anywhere Saturday I will only go to local stores or the farmer's market.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:04 AM

143. Nice thread, tavalon.

I am staying home today. Was going to buy nothing, but then saw that an online charity which benefits homeless pets in animal shelters was having a sale. I needed to replace a fleece jacket which got lost, and I bought some rain boots because I want to put in raised beds this winter, and phase out the lawn.
So, the homeless pets will benefit by receiving 56 bowls of food, and I will get a needed winter jacket and boots.

Like you, I am enjoying staying home with my cat, in the PNW's endless winter rain. It feels very good to stay home today, and avoid the maniac crowds. I have been celebrating Buy Nothing Day for many years. Hooray for Ad Busters. Cheers!

Oh, yeah, and the raised beds will have to be built from scrounged or cheap locally sourced materials, because my income dropped drastically in the last year, and hasn't gone up in ...forever.

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Response to luv_mykatz (Reply #143)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:22 AM

145. Well, the PNW is kind of large, but if we live anywhere near each other

I'd love to come help you build those raised beds. Many hands, light work and all that......

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Response to tavalon (Reply #145)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:52 AM

148. Your offer of help is really sweet.



I think we live about 3-4 hours driving apart, though. You live up near Seattle, and I live in Portlandia.

Anyway, thank you for the offer.

And, hooray for our rain...even if it goes on for longer than we might like, at times.

I watched the Ken Burn's special about the Dust Bowl, online, thanks to a link from Curmedeoness. Yikes! I will take our rain, thank you.

Happy Buy Nothing Day.

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Response to luv_mykatz (Reply #148)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:54 AM

149. My three favorite places are Seattle, Portland and Vancouver (BC)

Don't forget your beer traps. Those slugs are slow but relentless!

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Response to luv_mykatz (Reply #143)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:24 AM

146. Good for you!

Excellent. It felt so good today to buy nothing and do nothing. Patting myself on the back. Felt like I did so much by doing nothing at all!

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:28 AM

147. Yes'm. We didn't go anywhere at all, today.

My man was stuck on the couch watching football the entire day (that's where he was when I got up and he's still there, right now). I did go out and took a nice walk to look at the freshly snow-capped foothills...I do love a rainy, blustery day.

You couldn't pay me to go shopping this weekend, tho we might have to go into town tomorrow to see about finding a weird pronged light bulb at the farmer's supply/hardware store.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:15 AM

150. Shopping on Black Friday is the last thing I would want to do.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:24 AM

152. I bought some Coke and gas.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:27 AM

153. I never shop on Black Friday. Never have, never will

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:06 AM

154. Going to work in Retail

just like every Saturday. Then I will do some shopping in the afternoon.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 04:15 AM

155. I WENT TO WAL-MART ON BLACK FRIDAY--PROUDLY!!!

Metrolink train ticket to L.A. Union Station, including 3 subway line connections and 1 bus ride to reach Paramount, CA Wal-Mart: $28.00 round-trip.

Sandwich and coffee at Union Station convenience shop: $4.88.

Joining striking workers and more than 1,000 supporters in protesting at Wal-Mart: PRICELESS!




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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #155)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:55 AM

157. That, my friend, is a step up from Buy Nothing Day

That was priceless. Thank you.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:22 AM

159. Almost, Free delivery on Black Friday from my favorite Union Grocery

I then take the money I would normally pay for delivery and extra tip the delivery guy cause sometimes we just can't. Thanksgiving is now our last out of building trip until April 1st except for medical appointments.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 11:10 AM

161. I'm in...

Buying nothing that is. Of course, one has to have money to buy things but even if I did have money, I wouldn't buy things on Black Friday. Black Friday is evil.

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Response to tavalon (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 09:06 PM

163. As many days as I can. Every day no balances drop is a good day.

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