Blog #4: The Greatest Holiday!

Well, my favorite holiday of the year has come and gone for another year.  No holiday holds the excitement of Black Friday.  What, did you think I was talking about Thanksgiving?  Dinner and Football is great (and the Patriots won!) and I did go see DH.1 again, but come on, Thanksgiving is nothing compared to shopping!

I started my Black Friday on Thursday night.  I was in line at Toys R Us at 11:00 PM.  In Massachusetts, they couldn’t open until midnight due to some stupid state law that should have been axed years ago.  I have to say that TRU was organized about letting people in.  Last year I was at Wal-Mart at 5:00AM, and there were about five hundred people in line.  When 5:00 AM rolled around and they opened the doors about a dozen a-holes jumped out of the car and ran to the door.  The entire line collapsed in on the front of the store.  I’m surprised no one was killed.  (There really should have been snipers to take out the line jumpers.)  Anyway, TRU had police present and a line that no one was allowed to jump.  However, the good decisions they made ended there.

Now, I could have understood if they opened the doors and then stopped letting people in when the building reached capacity.  That would only make sense for safety.  I get that, and would have been fine with waiting in line while the building was at capacity.  They didn’t do that.  In fact, I don’t think the building was EVER at capacity.  When they opened the doors, they let about fifty people in every fifteen to twenty minutes.  Now, I go to the TRU three times a week.  You could fit 250 shoppers in there without it even feeling crowded.  I didn’t get in the store until 1:00AM, and at no time was the store full.  So, that was great for people filling multiple carriages full of stuff in almost empty isles, but I got screwed.  I just had a couple of things to look for, and then I’d have got in line and left.  I’d have been done by 12:30AM.  Instead, I had to stand around and wait for other people to do their shopping while the store was mostly empty.  This was idiotic.  When I finally got in line, there were only about ten people in front of me, and there was still a huge line outdoors.  They went from what Wal-Mart did last year, which was nothing, to making it inconvenient for everyone accept the first hundred and fifty people or so.

On a random topic, while I’m complaining about TRU, once I did get in, since I’d waited so long, I decided to walk up and down nearly every isle looking for random Transformers items and I found where they have been hiding the Harry Potter figures in the back of the store.  I can’t for the life of me understand why they have a whole wall of clearance Twilight crap right by the front door and hide the Harry Potter stuff where no one will ever find it.  I picked up the Harry figure.  I really hate the way they only make three figures at a time.  I want Ron and Hermione, but of course, they aren’t out yet.  It could be worse.  The idiots at Jazwares who made the Percy Jackson movie figures NEVER made an Annabeth figure.  Hopefully for the next movie they will get a real toy company to make the figures, but I won’t hold my breath.

Anyway, I didn’t get up early for Target and Wal-Mart.  I went later in the morning.  I found a few Transformers items, two a watches, a pair of sunglasses, a few shirts, and a sweatshirt.  Nothing spectacular.  No place had new toys I didn’t have, though several had some newer ones I already picked up on HasbroToyShop.com.  I did pick up some cheap Blu-Rays and DVDs.  I got a bunch of DC Comics animated movies for less than $2.00 each at Wal-Mart and Blu-Ray’s of Kingdom of Heaven, Hell-Boy Animated 2-Pack, Space Balls, and the Director’s Cut of Elektra at Target.  The Director’s Cut of Elektra isn’t appreciably better than the theatrical release, though I did like some of the scenes they added in.  On a slightly related note, I HIGHLY recommend the Director’s Cut of Daredevil.  It feels like an entirely different movie from the Theatrical release.  They added in a major subplot that was cut and it really added another dimension to the film.

The best Black Friday deal I got was actually on line.  When I got back from shopping I found an e-mail with a coupon for 50% off the Star Trek The Original Series Complete Series Remastered DVD set in my inbox.  Being the only Trek series I didn’t have on DVD, I grabbed it for $100.  Can’t beat that price.

I saw two movies this weekend, Tangled and Faster (no spoilers).  Tangled is a typical Disney/Pixar movie.  It was great, don’t get me wrong, but there was nothing particularly special about it.  I did think Zachary Levi did a great job as the voice of Flynn Rider, but then I’m a Chuck fan, so I may be biased.  I’m sure at least one if not two songs will be nominated for an Oscar.  Definitely worth seeing if you like animated movies, but it wasn’t anything special like the Tale of Despereaux or The Incredibles.

I expected Faster to be a fairly simple movie.  The previews make it pretty clear that Dwayne Johnson is going to kill everyone responsible for his brother’s death.  Well, it’s a lot more complicated than that.  I highly recommend this movie, there is far more to it than meets the eye.  I would see it soon though, as I don’t expect it will be out long with all the big holiday movies out and coming out.

Well, that’s all I have for this week, sorry to complain so much.  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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