Withering Glance: Black Thursday

  • Updated: November 30, 2013 - 5:01 PM

A long line before the doors opened at 6 p.m. for Black Friday shopping at Best Buy on Thursday in Roseville.

Photo: Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune

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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.



RN: Miles Standish would not have spent his Thanksgiving shivering outside a Best Buy.


CP: I feel a wider point coming on.


RN: We should be at home, ignoring our loved ones and consuming leftovers. Not hoping to score a flat-screen television for the price of a can of Festal pumpkin pie filling.


CP: But Wal-Mart is where the heart is, Rick. And I am kinda in the market for an $8 Blu-ray player.


RN: We really should be supporting the mass-market retailers who choose to allow their employees to enjoy the holiday with their families. I just may do all of my Christmas shopping at Fleet Farm and Nordstrom. In December.


CP: The day you shadow the transom of a Fleet Farm, Madonna will appear in public wearing a muumuu.


RN: For Ms. Ciccone’s sake, here’s hoping Dolce & Gabbana are in the muumuu couture business, because I have browsed the big orange Man’s Mall in the past. Swear.


CP: Of course you have. I am certain you have a deer stand in every color of the rainbow in the trunk of your Ion. As for the earlier and earlier openings, it’s hard to imagine just who would be browsing the racks at the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s at, I dunno, 3 a.m. last Friday. My guess is that most of them would blow a 0.18 or higher on a Breathalyzer test.

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