Christmas Is Upon Us
The Christmas Season is officially here. Known as “Black Friday,” the first day after Thanksgiving when all the stores are mad with super-low one-day sales and the public turns into shopping zombies to get deals for Christmas gifts.
Personally, I just go to Amazon where you can get the same kind of shopping bargains all the time — and not have to pay the sales tax. But then I suppose that I am one of the statics adding to the demise of the brick & mortar stores.
To be honest, I have to confess to being a little slow on the shopping jargon. I’ve been hearing about “Black Friday” for years but I never put it together with the day after Thanksgiving shopping sprees. I’d hear the term and associate it with some horror film or with Black Sunday, the 1970s thriller about terrorists trying to blow-up the Super Bowl. After being in the malls all day it doesn’t seem much different.
For as long as I’ve been in this business, since 1983, I think I’ve spent every Friday-after-Thanksgiving at a shopping mall. Ironically, I still haven’t bought anything on any of those days. I think I’d rather be paid to film shoppers going into stores than to actually do it myself. Maybe I’m an observer and not a participator.
The best part of the day, I must say, was working with KCRA reporter Tom DuHain, who has been at KCRA-TV now for over forty years, since he was eighteen! You walk down the malls and people of all ages shout out, “Hi Tom DuHain!”
Now this fellow was interesting. Tom and I came upon him when we’d finished all our shooting and were heading back to the live truck to edit. This is Anthony. I suppose he’s between jobs. But not to just wait around he’s being assertive and going out and working for shoppers. You call him and he will come and stand in a long checkout line for you while you finish shopping, or run over to the neighboring store. He only charges ten bucks a store. Very impressive and industrious. I want to check in with him later in the season and see if he’s still doing this. He should do well in the final days before Christmas.
But the highlight of the day for me had to be the No Fur activists on the sidewalk at the corner of the entrance to the mall.
As we were walking up to them, Tom DuHain said aside to me, “Greyhound alert!”
Standing at the foot of one of the women was a sweet and stunning female greyhound. My camera immediately went from a wide shot of the activists with their signs and in on a close-up of the greyhound.
“And who is this?” I asked.
“That’s Mary,” her owner, Janet Thew said. “She’s a nine* year-old brood matron. She produced over ten litters of greyhounds for the tracks.”
[Correction from Janet, Mary's mom: Mary is actually eleven.]
“Oh, my God, she’s so sweet,” I said. By this time I’d put my news camera down and Mary had come up to me and rested her chin in my outstretched hand. “Where did you get her?”
“At Greyhounds Friends for Life. They are the world’s sweetest dogs. You should get one.”
“Actually, I have two. And we’re fostering a third for GFFL.”
This brought a big round of enthusiasm for me being there from all the the No Fur people. There is nothing quite like the circle of people who rescue the racing track greyhounds. And meeting Mary and her owner made me even prouder of our rescues Alex and Ava and of my wife Bonnie for her work in helping to foster greyhounds for future owners, as we are doing right now with a wonderful five year-old boy named Lucky.
Wouldn’t a stunning creature like this look great in your household for Christmas?
So another day-after-Thanksgiving at the kick-off to the Christmas shopping spree. A good day with a good friend and reporter, meet a lot of interesting new people, and a new greyhound. What a great way to spend a working day. And to think I get paid for doing this!