When Black Friday comes
I stand down by the door
And catch the grey men when they
Dive from the fourteenth floor
– Steely Dan
I took advantage of the #optoutside idea and didn’t buy anything on the busiest shopping day of the year. (Nothing I couldn’t eat or drink, anyway.)
Something to think about as this season of consuming gets into high gear. Our overall rate of consumption is so far out past sustainable that this might actually be a good time to examine wasteful spending habits, especially as they involve items that don’t last, that aren’t necessary and that are often made of plastic. Or wrapped in plastic.
Seattle is a beautiful place to paddle on a cool winter evening. The Arboretum, houseboats, Gasworks Park and the entire Seattle skyline… no lines, no hassle. The way to spend Black Friday, for sure.