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11/26/11

Idaho Has Made Me Complacent

I have lived in Idaho for 14 months now, and I have to say, the slower lifestyle is beginning to take its toll on me.

Life in California (or any major metropolitan area) is extremely fast-paced.  You're always moving, always going somewhere, and you either adapt to the flow or get swept away in the undercurrent.

Such is life.

Idaho is very different.  People go at their own pace. You can still live a frenetic lifestyle, but you will be doing so on your own.  There is no current to go by.  You're either moving on your own or not.

Well, living in Idaho has slowed me down a bit.  I can still hustle, and now and then I'm known to bustle, but normally I just do my own thing at my own speed.

But Black Friday is a day where the entire nation is moving at a break-neck speed.  For Californians this is just another day:  Fight the crowds, dodge and weave, and survival of the fittest.

In Idaho, it's kind of a big deal.

Driving around town at 9pm on Thanksgiving, I could see the crowds.  Walmart was packed.  Best Buy was flooded.  The streets were a war zone, and not unlike California, many people had guns in their vehicles (although this time it was more for hunting than gang-related).  People were in a 'survival of the fittest' mode, and you had two choices:  Compete at their level or get out of their way.

I chose to get out of the way.  400 people at Best Buy, 4 hours before store opening, all fighting for the same 12 TV's?  No thanks.  I went at 6am, was in and out in about 15 minutes, and still snagged some pretty good deals.

Maybe next year, I'll ramp myself up so I can compete.  Do some extra gym time, maybe spend a week in Cali to get back my edge.  Or maybe not.  We'll see.
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Melanie said...

I personally can't stand all the Black Friday hype. Maybe I am a little irritated because when I went to work Thursday night I found out that the previous two shifts had done nothing but plot their shopping. Oh, and left all their work for me. Bitter, I think is the word I am searching for...

Tonya the Hobo Girl said...

It is deer hunting season after all. Target's logo is a bullseye. It can't be helped really.

Autumnforest said...

Haha. Yeah, please don't let us ever see you become full-fledged Idahoan. BTW, do you own a flannel shirt? I just buy online. Why in the world go in person?

Lost.in.Idaho said...

Haha, no flannel yet. But keep in mind I'm in sales. People buy more when they can relate to you. I've started wearing jeans more often when I go out... flannel and a giant belt buckle are logically the next steps...

Zombie said...

I dont think I would survive in that slow life you speak of. California all the way!

Pickleope said...

Forget training, that sounds like work. Buy football pads and invest in a blunt object. That works as good as any training you could do. Pepper spray trumps "edge" every time.

Al Penwasser said...

The streets were a war zone? But, I thought the Mormons were a people of peace...?
Oh, wait, that's Hamas.

Sandra said...

Get this: I'm in Canada. Our Thanksgiving was over four weeks ago, and yet, we had a "Black Friday" yesterday which apparently has trickled into today as well. We're such copycats. Why don't Americans just adopt us already?

Nuker Zero said...

Ha. I find it crazy to physically go to the store. Honestly, the only reason i can imagine is to crack some heads of people who are overexcited.

Shutterbug said...

i didn't do any shopping on black friday...

Michael said...

You don't know what you're missing! =]

Best Buy and Walmart give Black Friday a bad rep. Those stores ARE crazy. There is a rhyme/reason to shopping on Black Friday. It just requires a plan.

Glad the online deal worked for you!

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