Black Friday is here once again. H and I made our annual Black Friday pilgrimage.
The lines were long and epic
The roads were packed with holiday traffic, and we had to park miles away from the mall.
We scored a great deal on some sunshine (80% off, Woohoo!). I trampled some people to get a screaming deal on some Fresh Air (it was practically free at $00.00). We also got a HUGE box of endorphins for all our friends and all the loyal readers of this blog.
It was not all fun. We had to climb to the 200th floor of the mall for some Sweeping Views. Then we went screaming down to the lobby, only to hammer back up 160 floors for some Burning Quads.
All things considered, it was a successful Black Friday. We spent $000.00 and arrived home tired and hungry.
Pretty pictures aside, there is a message to this post. As I write this, there are probably 1,000 anti-Christmas consumer rants being madly typed out on WordPress.
This is a blog about outdoor adventures large and small, finding peace and joy in nature, and the reward of outdoor sports. Christmas is a strange thing. It’s like a switch that turns on in mid-November. All of a sudden, there are gazillions of messages offering eternal happiness and Christmas cheer if you just buy more stuff. Shopping is fun, right? What could be more fun than getting to the mall at 6am, and fighting traffic and crowds to save $20 on a widget?
Advertising is both subtle and insidious. It equates buying stuff with happiness. Buy this and your kids will love you. Buy that and you’ll be a chick/dude magnet. Show how unique and sophisticated you are with prominent labels on your clothing. Somehow our self worth has become entwined with what you buy or what brand you wear, rather than what you do. The message of “Buy More Stuff” reaches tens of millions of Americans who flock to the malls on Black Friday. The reality is that a day outdoors with your family or friends creates memories that will live on long after Black Friday.
As we march toward winter solstice and winter holidays (whatever you celebrate), days are short and daylight hours valuable. My message is twofold and simple-
Life is about DOING stuff, not stuff.
When you look back at your life in your elder years, you’ll never wish you spent more time at the mall.
So get out there. Use your days for awesome adventures. Use your nights for online shopping (if you must), in the comfort of your home, in your pajamas, with the beverage of your choice, as you plan your next outdoor adventure…
Note: The photos taken in this post are from on Mt. Tamalpais and at Nicasio Reservoir- Marin County, CA. And yes they were taken on Black Friday.
See you on the trail…
Update- Just received notification that I’ve been selected for Freshly Pressed for the second time. I’m humbled, yet again. For those new to the TahoeSux blog, it’s about celebrating a love of outdoor adventure through running, hiking, skiing, biking, surfing, stand up paddleboarding, mountain life, pretty pictures, and just being outdoors. We are committed to original content and only post our own words and pictures.
For those interested in more, here are a few posts (in no particular order) that I think represent the blog and our message well:
The Simple Joy of Running in the Rain
In Search of Hidden Waterfalls- Alpine Dam
TahoePix- Alta Ghost Town
Girl and Dog on the Lake of the Sky
Bike Tour: Salt Lake City to Albuquerque (also Freshly Pressed)
A Change of Seasons- The Sleeping Lady
Enjoy- Thanks for reading