I heard about “Black Friday”
The Friday after Thanksgiving is supposedly “Black Friday” when retailers sell so much stuff that it puts them in the black for the year. Shoppers wait in line from the wee hours of the morning to get stuff they don’t need at faaaannnn-TABulous prices!
I stayed home.
Mostly I just took it easy, did some reading. Recabled my bike because the brakes were sticking (corrosion on the cables). Modern bike cables are not supposed to need lubrication because of the Teflon lining of the cable housing – don’t believe it. By working a Teflon gel into the cable itself, I can make it repel water so it doesn’t corrode even on nasty, salty, slushy streets. Then the brakes and shifters work smoothly. But since the bike was new in April I hadn’t done that yet.
Also washed and waxed my car for the winter. MrsDoF’s car has that newfangled “clearcoat” paint that doesn’t really need waxing. Not so, my Beetle (which will be 40 in January). It has the old-fashion, primitive enamel-type paint that needs waxing or the corrosive dirt and salt will eat away at it. I used a “wax” containing Teflon, which was not available in car waxes in 1967. Winter weather is apparently a flourocarbon thing.
I could do these things because today was about 65 degrees, sunny and clear – really springlike except the leaves have already fallen off the trees and long since been mulched. A much better day, I feel certain, than dealing with crowds in stores.
Oh, if you are out shopping, and you want to buy a digital camera, here’s a good discussion about new digicams over at SEB. Well worth the read, and besides you can admire Les’ fancy hat.
*Check out Pete over at Terminal Ward’s experience in a Black Friday line