Black Friday Five from RevGalBlogPals

Black Friday Five

1. Would you ever/have you ever stood in line for something–tickets, good deals on electronics, Tickle Me Elmo? I stood in line for about 30 minutes for concert tickets but not ever for “speical” sales event or item. I’ve never camped out for anything except a camping trip.

2. Do you enjoy shopping as a recreational activity? Not so much. Online works really well for me.

3. Your favorite place to browse without necessarily buying anything. Any bookstore, except I usually end up buying something, or Home Depot.

4. Gift cards: handy gifts for the loved one who has everything, or cold impersonal symbol of all that is wrong in our culture? Gift cards are great because they don’t tend to break during shipping, the cost of delivery is low, and the satisfaction is generally high. I do want to purchase meaningful gifts for those I love and care about but sometimes the practicality of delivery is horrible. But then again with online shopping, there’s “ship to” which cuts down on the delivery problems.

5. Discuss the spiritual and theological issues inherent in people coming to blows over a Playstation 3. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Instant gratification meets scaricity that will be abundance in a few months. The fruits of the spirit applied to shopping might be a good idea, especially the patience, kindness, and self-control part.

Bonus questions related to video games since I’m not a shopping queen or princess:
And what’s your high score on your favorite game? How long did it take for you to get there?

When I had time to play more video games (right now it’s hit and miss), I played a Star Wars Podracer game on our Nintendo 64.

Tangent: I spent so much time playing that I aggravated my arthritis in my thumb. when my dr. asked how I was doing and I told her my thumb hurt, she asked what was going on with that? I told her I’d been playing Nintendo and she just looked at me. not a typical complaint in her office, I’m sure.

It took me three weeks to figure out that I would never be a good podracer so I became a terrific podcrasher. I learned to crash in spectacular ways. The goal turned into the number of spectacular crashes before running out of time or crossing the finish line ordinary, still on the track crashes didn’t count.

I also like the Harry Potter games and wish I had time to play more. Since I only have one final and one project left for the semester, Harry and I may get to spend some time together … or maybe Super Monkey Ball but it should be Mario Dance Revolution.

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About Sarah The Vicar of Hogsmeade

I'm an United Methodist clergywoman with two daughters. I read. I geocache. I look for excuses to laugh. My Ph.D. is on Clergywomen and Grief.
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4 Responses to Black Friday Five from RevGalBlogPals

  1. i love your bonus questions! good luck with your final project!

  2. Love your take on #5. I too, immediately thought of the “For all have sinned…” verse.And this morning I woke up with thoughts of the crowds chanting “crucify him” and just how easy it is to get sucked into the herd mentality if we let our guard down. Especially when we take our eyes off the true prize and our real mission.

  3. SpookyRach says:

    Love your answers on this. I am a total online-shopping convert this year. My conversion occurred 3, yes three!, weeks ago while standing in line at Hobby Lobby for thirty minutes trying to buy a durned paint brush.Good luck with your Nintendo Thumb!

  4. Shopping… what an exercise in futility last Friday! Standing in a major store waiting in line for the one object we had in hand… I could completely understand why some folks just snap in the blink of an eye… thankgoodness for the calming effects of silence (in the car)!

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