Saturday, November 27, 2010
Black Friday in Stepford County
I had an interesting experience on Black Friday (I'll get to that in a bit). I went "The Morning After Thanksgiving Shopping" in the Orem/Provo area with my cute little sis. Somehow, I always manage to let her talk me into it but I'm always glad I went.
So on Thanksgiving night I couldn't go to sleep. I obviously hadn't eaten enough Thanksgiving dinner to put me into a turkey/mashed potato induced stupor for the rest of the day. This created some anxiety. Why? Because I knew I was getting up at the butt crack of dawn to go gallivanting around the mall at a time I should have just been hitting my REM cycle and dreaming of........well, never mind. Anyway......by the time two in the morning rolled around I knew I was going to be dragging myself out of bed just in time to plop in my sister's car and continue snoring (in a very ladylike manner) on the way to the mall. So I re-set my alarm to give me just enough time to do that.
RING!!!! A-haaa, uhhh.....uggg.......bleh.......I stumble out of bed, plop my contacts in my eyes that feel like sand paper, throw on clothes and a hat, and and away we go!!!!
I'm at the mall for a few minutes before I started feeling a little disoriented, like something was not quite right but I didn't know what it was. It took me a few more minutes before I finally figured it out. Over half of the women in the mall were dressed to the nines at six o'clock in the morning, and not only that but most of them looked alike!
Full on makeup, hair done, earrings in, cute little jackets on with scarves. Almost everyone had on the same kind of jeans with the bling on the back pockets and clicked along in high heeled boots. Now don't get me wrong. I'm a woman through and through. I love pretty things, and I like to dress nice and look nice. But on Black Friday morning for cripes sakes????? Really??? Apparently so.
I think what felt most surreal was that other than the much older people that there was not a lot of individuality. One woman walking past me could have looked like the next woman and so forth.
Maybe living out in bumpkin Stansbury Park in Tooele county has left me out of touch......but I don't think so. I made some comment to my daughter and sister about what I was thinking and my daughter exclaimed, "I know, right!?" She had apparently noticed the same thing. My sister laughed at us and proceeded to argue against our line of thinking. She was dressed in boots, earrings, makeup, etc. lol. I have to say she looked cute as all get out.
There's nothing wrong with looking your best in public. In fact some people should take a page out of the Stepford files! I guess I have just forgotten that shopping or running errands in "the city", whether on Black Friday or not, is equivalent to a walk down the fashion runway!
As for me? Maybe next year I'll put on a little lip gloss while I'm stumbling out of bed.
Posted by Kristin at 2:16 PM