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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2011, 05:00:07 PM »
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I would have videotaped them with my cellphone and posted it all over the internet and then call the local TV station and send it to them too.   I had an upstairs neighbor a few years ago who would get into knock-down drag-out fights with her BF.  The next time I saw her and she was all friendly to me, I said I had been recording her fights and posting them online (I really had not done any such thing).  The fighting STOPPED.  Probably wasn't a good idea because she could have punched me but I already felt I knew what kind of person she was and thought this strategy might work (which it did).  If she had been a real jerk, I wouldn't have said anything.

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT LMFAO — I should have recorded the kids for sure. My head wasn't in the right place as I did have a video camera (smart phone) with me at the time LMFAO.

Oh man, that would have been an awesome YouTube video. I don't know if I had enough room on my SD card to hold the 45 minutes of non-stop screaming though hahahahahaha...

But yeah — I have a very high tolerance for baby crying and unruly kids. I am a dad and usually I can just tune it out. That case was totally ridiculous though. I had an ex who hated kids and would always complain whenever a baby would cry at a restaurant and I would tell her to get over it. But there comes a point when even a BABY needs to be dealt with (by the parents taking it away in certain situations).

I used to get free season tickets to the Pittsburgh Symphony and they have a age limit of 6 years old for kids to attend. When my daughter was 2 years old I started taking her and all the ushers LOVED her because she was so well behaved. She would not make a PEEP. The people in the crowd fiddling with their candy bar wrappers were worse than her and most of the time she would just fall asleep on my lap. However, the couple of times she did start to get whiny I would walk out immediately with her to not spoil the show for everyone else — and hence the ushers totally let me get away with bringing her and looked forward to seeing her on Friday nights.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #31 on: November 28, 2011, 05:12:39 PM »
I agree, Adam.  I just don't understand why anyone would let their children address them that way.  Hell, ANY child!!  My kids would have been squared away thousands of miles ago before they every spoke to me that way... holy crap...  It's just too bad you had to do it.    :-\

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2011, 12:25:19 AM »
My daughter has a lot more "balls" than she had as a child when it comes to how she treats me, yet even still it does not approach the level of these kids I've seen. And my daughter apologizes when she knows she's done wrong (eventually) LOL.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2011, 02:24:01 PM »
I agree, Adam.  I just don't understand why anyone would let their children address them that way.  Hell, ANY child!!  My kids would have been squared away thousands of miles ago before they every spoke to me that way... holy crap...  It's just too bad you had to do it.    :-\

I've had kids call me the most obscene names and throw everything under the sun at me -including a baseball a few weeks ago. I had a bruise over that.
I still work for the public school system -can you tell? If I could find a better job, I'd quit but I can't.

As for Black Friday, K had to work but I didn't even leave the house. I couldn't handle the crazy people...

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #34 on: November 29, 2011, 02:49:24 PM »
LMFAO — while hanging out with my good friend last night — he threw a tape into the "VCR" (for those who know what one of those are) — a tape from 17 years ago just after getting out of art school of parties, and a bunch of stupid crap we did — just for laughs and memories.

One thing that made us laugh pretty hard was a random 2 minute part in the tape where we are walking out to my car and these kids are throwing a basketball around next to my car — and I say to them "you better not hit my car with that..." and they say some smart ass remark and I yell back to them "I'll RUN YOUR ASSES OVER if you do that!" LMFAO...

Reading this thread just reminded me of that HAHAHA... I wasn't putting up with any crap from some kids 17 years ago LOL.

Man, when I WAS growing up and we did something stupid (of which we did plenty) — ANY adult within range would put us in our place. HELL — I was young enough in school to be there when they could still blister your ass with a paddle if you were bad! The bus driver did it ALL THE TIME.

I think I was a few grades in before they banned hitting kids in school for discipline. It wasn't a PAINFUL punishment — it was humiliation in front of the whole class that was the reason you didn't act a fool and get whacked with the paddle. And I am not THAT OLD.

So now they are calling the POLICE to show up and hog-tie 5 year old kids and taser the s#!t out of them when they act out of line.

A LOT of things changed DRASTICALLY though during the growing up of MY generation.

When I was in high school you were ALLOWED to bring a gun to school. You needed a note from mom and dad, it needed to be in a locked case, unloaded. You were even allowed to take a different bus to the TRAIL HEAD where you intended to go HUNTING after school and take it on the bus with you (in the case).

The very year after I graduated my cousin was expelled for bringing in an unloaded .45 revolver with no ammo when some kids ratted him out while he had it hidden in his locker.

That's what happens when the government stages events to scare everyone into willingly handing over their freedoms.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #35 on: November 29, 2011, 03:14:02 PM »
Summer: I'm so sorry you have to deal with that crap... We're so screwed!!!

Adam: That post brings me back!  I'm only 35, but I grew up in a place where it was common for rifles and shotguns to hang in the back windows of the pick-ups in the school parking lot.  No one thought anything about it then.  The gang-bangers sure didn't start any crap, I'll tell you that!! 

I remember once I was driving my dad's F150 longbed behind this punk on the way to school from lunch.  He was playing the stomp-the-brake-to-make-you-stop game, so I just hit the gas and rammed him.  He swerved around a bit (was driving an Escort, or something small), so I passed him and threw my shake on the drivers-side windshield while yelling for him to stop being a dummy (not so nicely).  We shook hands later, and all was right with the world.  Ah, the good 'ole days!  ;)

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #36 on: November 29, 2011, 10:42:21 PM »
Yeah we all had gun racks growing up. We are about the same age LOL. It was the folks about 2-3 years younger than me who all got screwed. It seemed as our class would come up through school the kids a grade or more behind us got cracked down upon while we got away with everything.

As all of my experiences are coming together in my mind in the scheme of "what does it all mean" — I think it has significant meaning the way those things always happened.

High school — went from lax and laid back to a prison the very next year after graduation.

Art School — went from a true art school to a corporate cash cow run by EDMC corporation while I was there but became a turd the year I left. The transition period was good because it was STILL an art school but just got a ton of corporate money so I got the benefit of both while there.

I have lots of other examples of this I just can't think of them now. Even stupid ones like soccer leagues that existed for years, then I join up and it all goes to crap, turns into a bunch of fist fights (soccer is a much more violent sport than most people think) and they banned soccer permanently from the league LOL...

The same thing applies to my career, the economy, our COUNTRY...

I am in the unique position of seeing how it WAS and where it is GOING and how fast it is happening. People older than me don't care whatsoever, people younger than me have no clue because they never experienced what it WAS.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2011, 10:47:02 AM »
I am in the unique position of seeing how it WAS and where it is GOING and how fast it is happening. People older than me don't care whatsoever, people younger than me have no clue because they never experienced what it WAS.
<TBM Thread Jack>
Adam dear I think I should mention there's a lot of "people older than you" on this forum and perhaps some younger too so I'd take care not to insult all of us at the same time.
Yeah we all had gun racks growing up. We are about the same age LOL. It was the folks about 2-3 years younger than me who all got screwed. It seemed as our class would come up through school the kids a grade or more behind us got cracked down upon while we got away with everything.

As all of my experiences are coming together in my mind in the scheme of "what does it all mean" — I think it has significant meaning the way those things always happened.

High school — went from lax and laid back to a prison the very next year after graduation.

Art School — went from a true art school to a corporate cash cow run by EDMC corporation while I was there but became a turd the year I left. The transition period was good because it was STILL an art school but just got a ton of corporate money so I got the benefit of both while there.

I have lots of other examples of this I just can't think of them now. Even stupid ones like soccer leagues that existed for years, then I join up and it all goes to crap, turns into a bunch of fist fights (soccer is a much more violent sport than most people think) and they banned soccer permanently from the league LOL...
And I agree the world is a different place than it was 20-30 or even 5 years ago.  And for us "older people" it's even more apparent. But you get out of your life what you put in. I didn't do well in high school either - it basically sucked - but after I got a job.  I supported myself. I found something I was passionate about and worked toward that goal while also dealing with a debilitative chronic illness .  I learned about prepping and survivalism (way before you were out of diapers) and now my DH and I are heading into retirement debt free and set.  Some Mama advice is to dig in and start saving your money, start stashing some food and get yourself out of debt before the bottom really drops out.

And so you know some of us "old people" do care about our country and where it's heading and we work at making it better instead of complaining. Wishing for you better times ahead. Blessings, TBM
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Back to Black Friday survival topics of which I have nothing to add because you couldn't pay me money to go out and shop with the crazies. Anyone have other thoughts or stories to add?

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2011, 10:49:50 AM »
Old People!!  EWWWW!!! 

Sorry, couldn't resist!!  ;)

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2011, 11:35:04 AM »
Old People!!  EWWWW!!! 

Sorry, couldn't resist!!  ;)

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2011, 11:37:56 AM »
HAHA... I am generalizing. I know people care on all sides of the spectrum...

If I had to put a PERCENTAGE on it though... It seems from my experience that about 10% of the people I meet care about anything aside from beer and sports (the men) — and what size diamond ring they get from their man, and how much money their man makes (women).

Obviously those percentages are going to be highly skewed when you have a group of people such as this forum gathered into one place.

The only point I am making there is I feel like the now 30-40 year old generation were some sort of transitional generation, because everyone I know OLDER than I am had a VASTLY different experience from those younger growing up.

The older ones, never stayed indoors growing up, and dealt with people one-on-one, hate computers etc prefer the REAL...

Those younger than I, they NEVER go outside, and NEVER interact directly with people anymore (all electronic).

I could write a book about the subject, these are just some examples.

You can't lump EVERYONE into a broad category but I strongly feel that most people (regardless of age) don't give a care in the world about what is going on in society in general and only care about themselves.

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I am in the unique position of seeing how it WAS and where it is GOING and how fast it is happening. People older than me don't care whatsoever, people younger than me have no clue because they never experienced what it WAS.

A more accurate way of saying it is that most people older than I am who I personally KNOW — do not give a crap about what is happening... OR maybe even more accurately than that — have resigned to the fact of "its just the way it is and I am just going to hang on to the end and not try and change anything." While the younger folks by and large who have been in a prison society their whole lives don't know any better.

If Hitler had won the war — after a few generations, whatever was being taught to the Hitler Youth in regards to values / etc would have just become the accepted norm. Especially when the older generation was not there to say otherwise. However, most of the older generation would have given up, still knowing what it was like before but feeling powerless to stop it.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2011, 11:43:25 AM »
With the human interaction to computer interaction example...

The transition took place right when us 30-40 year olds were at the end of high school and beginning of college. I went to college without an email address — and 2 years later we were spending half of our time interacting electronically.

My daughter could not imagine what it would be like WITHOUT electronic interaction as she is easier to reach via SMS when she is sitting next to you on the damn COUCH than by calling her name.

My grandparents, and my mother all know what it was like when you interacted with people directly. When someone called your house and you just weren't HOME — or the answering machine was a brand new concept.

I am just generalizing. I just notice that when I come into some "lifetime milestone" like high school, college, career, etc. I get to experience what it WAS like (a bit) and what it is GOING TO BE LIKE (a bit) before the shift takes hold firmly (like the firm shift from being able to bring guns to school and NOT bringing them to school), (or like the fact people used to talk to other people directly, and now you send a txt or email 90% of the time).

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2011, 12:25:59 PM »
<putting Moderator hat on head with lots of patience>

Okay here at TSP forum we have some rules and guidelines about thread topics staying on track.  This thread has been totally hijacked and (sorry Fast Eddie that what you started turned into this) so if thread does not go back on topic (Black Friday Survival Topics) then I will lock it and send it to the dead threads (where all ridiculously sidetracked threads end up). 

And Adam B please stay on topic and don't go off on stuff that is not pertinent to the thread you are posting in.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2011, 12:36:05 PM »
Roger that, Ma'am... My fault too.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2011, 04:52:02 PM »
I learned a little about survival that night as I sat. In the cold for 4. Hours I learned that staying warm is difficult when you don't have proper shelter and heat,  I also seen the lowlife scumbag side of people breaking every rule and having zero respect for other human beings by jumping the front of the line and forcing there way inside when the store doors opened in front of the hundreds of people who sat and froze for hours in line following the rules. So in a small way I seen a glimpse of what anarchy looks like.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #45 on: December 03, 2011, 05:25:56 AM »
We headed out Friday morning with a list of where we wanted to go. The first place we stopped was Jo-Ann Fabrics, which was mobbed, but I commented to my mother that people were actually very pleasant and well-behaved. My daughter stood in line for 2 hours to get fabric cut (her choice--we went shopping elsewhere and came back for her), and the lady in front of her let her put the bolts of fabric in her cart so she didn't have to hold them. People in line were visiting and joking and sharing coupons. If there was the occasional badly-behaved shopper, the other people in the store squashed that behavior pretty quickly, which just goes to show that majority can rule whether the behavior is good or bad. It was pretty much like that everywhere we went. That's the only reason I will venture out on Black Friday. If people behaved here like I'm reading they do elsewhere, we would simply stay home.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #46 on: December 04, 2011, 07:47:22 AM »
If people behaved here like I'm reading they do elsewhere, we would simply stay home.

I think it depends on what stores you go to. I would venture to say that the people who went to Jo-Ann's Fabrics are not the same type of people who were literally fighting in the aisles of a local Wal-Mart over a set of $7 sheets.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #47 on: December 05, 2011, 05:52:20 AM »
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I would venture to say that the people who went to Jo-Ann's Fabrics are not the same type of people who were literally fighting in the aisles of a local Wal-Mart over a set of $7 sheets.

IT WAS PRETTY MUCH LIKE THAT EVERYWHERE WE WENT, which included Best Buy, WalMart, the mall, and lots of other stores. My point was that the collective behavior in the town where I live seems to be a lot better than that of the country as a whole. I simply used Jo-Ann's as an example. Sorry you missed my point.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #48 on: December 05, 2011, 09:06:19 AM »
I was in the Best Buy line for 7 hours. About an hour in the people sitting next to me noticed my "bulge" as the lower part of my Glock 23 was sticking below my coat. The woman's comments were funny "THAT DUDE HAS A GUN!!" This caused a few of the noisy teen/twenty something group to perk up.

I had been talking to a few people and there was some talk of what might happen if things got crazy. Once word got around that I was carrying, the joke was that our part of the line was safe because I was packing "heat", and the group of "youths" that were being noisy calmed down.

That was about the most excitement that was had. Got the smoking deal on the 24" LCD tv and laptop. It was worth it since I was prepared by having the right gear with me. Chair. Hand Warmers and enough layers to keep my parts warm.

P.S. Here in MN we are not required to conceal so no harm no foul other than opsec.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #49 on: December 05, 2011, 09:25:38 AM »
I was at best buy also, and I was carrying a 45 also but mine was concealed so nobody knew I had it. I got the samsung laptop for 299 and 2 x box 360s for the kids and my wife got that thing like an I pad but its not an apple I think it was a samsung also and it was 249. But we were to far back in line to get the 42 inch sharp lcd tv for 199. So we didn't get one of those.

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Re: black friday survival stories
« Reply #50 on: December 20, 2011, 09:12:44 PM »
I went this year only to my local Jo-Ann's specifically for their fantastic deal on fleece.  I didn't stand outside, but started at a reasonable hour (about 9a) to gather my "treasure".  The cutting line was 2 hours long, but no problem since the women were friendly and we watched each other's carts so folks could look around the store or go elsewhere for a while.  I ended up with $1000 worth of fabric for less than $250.  BTW, I bought all of this for blankets I make for charity each year.