When I learned Walmart and other local big box stores will open their doors at 6 p. m. on Black Friday Eve (formerly known as Thanksgiving), I recognized a personal, somewhat manipulative, opportunity. If I schemed successfully, I could avoid the chore of cleaning up the remnants of the traditional feast my wife and I celebrate each year with family.
The gathered friends and family will assume my caring, smiling face is attributable to my reaction to the latest gossip discussed while socializing and ingesting the feast. But, in reality, my smile is in anticipation of the evening ahead. I mean, why should I care about the news that a niece has become her high school’s class valedictorian, or a sketchy uncle finally landed a job, or a several-times-removed cousin just returned from Europe when in a few hours I will have the opportunity to immerse myself in a Ferengi situation?
Conklin, of Daleville, is a manager in the technology industry.