I usually spend my thanks giving hanging out, watching Planes, Trains and Automobiles on cable and snacking throughout the day. This year I decided to change things up a bit and I bought Planes, Trains and Automobiles on DVD. It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that I wanted it on DVD. Despite the fact that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my favorite holiday movie of all time, I actually enjoy watching it on Cable, complete with all the early holiday commercials. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nice way to ease me into the holiday season. But this year I guess it didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make the list of shows to play 30 times in a row. They will probably have it on later in the holiday season, but I like watching it on Thanksgiving. On the up side, I got to hear Steve Martin drop the f-bomb a few hundred times. I think anyone who travels a lot for business really gets that movie. I have wanted to tell a ticket counter rep to Ã¢â‚¬Å“wipe that fucking smile of your fucking faceÃ¢â‚¬ plenty of times in the past few years.
I got on my computer nice and early to go and get the $100 Xbox 360, but Amazon servers couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t handle the server load of cheap assÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s like myself trying to score a cheap Christmas gift for our kids. It really makes you question their Elastic Cloud solution if they canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t handle their own server load sometimes. They may have figured out that it was a dumb idea to open the floodgates all at once. And not to sound like a whinny bitch about losing out, but it would have been cool if they gave us Amazon Prime members a little bit of a bonus and let us have first crack at it, even if just for 5 minutes.
So I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t score my kid the Xbox. The Wii is my main mission anyhow. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to get one through eBay. I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what he really wants.
I usually enjoy sitting in line with a bunch of other cheap schmucks at Best Buy or something on Black Friday morning. Every year I wait in that line at like 4:30 in the morning, dreaming about how much I would like to punch the who came up with the idea of making us wait in line at 4:30 in the morning, in late November. Why canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they just open the damn stores at a normal time? Take away the isolated deals, and does anyone really try to get all their shopping in on that Friday, especially now with the Internet?
Anyway, this year I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see anything that amazing. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a Best Buy within a few hours of me, so I have no idea what is on sale there. But most of the places seem to be pushing out stuff I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really want like no name Plasma television for under $1k, or a digital picture frame for $80. Then of course there is the free computers if I sign up for Vonage or something for a year. The one exception I noticed was Wal-Mart selling a 42Ã¢â‚¬ Panasonic Plasma for under $1k, and the set actually got a lot of good reviews on Amazon.
But, I already have 5 televisions in my house, 2 of them HD (3 if you count the Cinema Display monitor). I thought about getting my kid a plasma for upstairs, but he never remembers to turn the TV off, and it would piss me off if he burnt in a plasma. So, he can go another year on his regular Sony Wega.
I think tomorrow IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take him out and go see the new James Bond film. That seems to be something him and I can agree on for entertainment.
And to all my friends who read this, have a good Thanksgiving weekend with your family.
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