Many retailers with online presences have extended their Black Friday sales through the end of today, Cyber Monday. (This could be close to the final Cyber Monday when online sellers such as Amazon can avoid collecting sales tax from buyers in California.) With all of the great deals floating around cyberspace, this online shopper is not convinced that offline Black Friday shopping is worth the hassle save for strengthing social bonds by surviving the chaos together.
America's day of hyper consumerism is here! (Fittingly, it's observed the day after Thanksgiving Day.) Retailers like Walmart opened yesterday night at 10 PM to get a jump on other stores such as Target that are opening this morning at midnight. Many places were open during the first half of Thanksgiving Day too! This fan of shopping online doesn't find much appeal in getting up hella early to tussle with ravenous shoppers in person. American Express is paying members to go out tomorrow on Small Business Saturday.
As always, thankful for happiness, good health, family, friends, and occupying a comfortable percentile of the 99%. Even more thankful for being in the global 1% relative to the rest of the world's population.
FEMA, our Federal Emergency Management Agency, will be conducting the first ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System today at 11 AM, Pacific Time. The test message will be broadcast by TV, radio, and in some cases, free text messages to mobile phones. It's nice to see that we're finally getting around to modernizing EAS!
Daylight Savings Time in America ends this morning at 2 AM local time. Hopefully, the extra hour will help this San Francisco resident recuperate from a cold before work tomorrow... Silenced the iPhone, as supporters of candidates and local propositions on Tuesday's ballot have been calling non-stop! Too bad there's no way for them to know if someone has already voted by mail.
American Express' Small Business Saturday is coming back on November 26th. Amex cardholders should be sure to register their card early for the free program that gives enrollees a $25 statement credit for spending an equal or greater amount in-person at a local small business. This online shopper is glad that local restaurants are included in the program!