It’s a madhouse, a maaaaaaaadhouse!*

December 1, 2008

*Slept in today and have been watching a ton of Planet of the Apes on FX. Oh, Charlton, why did you leave us?

Had a good visit with the folks Wednesday through Saturday. Got back yesterday afternoon, and don’t feel like going to work tomorrow, but I suspect I’ll live.

Got up at 4:30 on Friday to pick up one of Wal-Mart’s loss leaders–a portable DVD player for $49. This was in a rural area, and yet the entire parking lot was full at 5 am, every spot. To quote Charlton above, it WAS a madhouse–there wasn’t the happy energy of people out for a bargain, but a sort of frenzied impulse. Of course, in New York, Wal-Mart crowds trampled an employee to death as he tried to open the door. I got my bargain, but it was a close thing, and there were a lot of bad vibes in the store. I went out later in the afternoon, and none of the shops were unusually busy. I suspect the sales reports for Friday will end up being good, but they will be based on those early morning loss leaders, which don’t bring in a lot of profit. This is going to be a hard Christmas season. 

Overseas markets aren’t looking so hot right now.

Probably has something to do with the fact that the jihadi savages attacked Mumbai last week, torturing and killing hundreds of innocent people. They were specifically looking for Britons and Americans, and also attacked a Jewish community center. They almost certainly came from Pakistan, which will lead to increased tensions between two nuclear-armed states in South Asia.

It’s times like this that really make me proud that we decided to elect a man with 142 days of Senate experience to be leader of the free world. What could possibly go wrong?

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