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One gift to rule them all, two ways to buy

This weekend is Thanksgiving weekend (that is a notice for any geek out there so deeply involved in his/her geekiness to have missed the Macy's Day Parade.) Besides being a weekend of overeating, Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the start of the last minute Christmas shopping. For weeks, I have been thinking about what I will get for people and getting lists together , but I rarely begin shopping before Black Friday. This isn't because I love the thrill of fighting for the best prices or getting up at 4:30 in the morning. I don't. And when I say I don't, I don't mean just that I don't enjoy it. I also mean that I don't do it. The last time I was in a retail store on Black Friday was when I was 19 and I was a salesperson (though I was more a customer service rep, as I never tried to get people to buy something they weren't interested in.)

This year was no exception. My middle child needed to be to her school by 7:30 a.m. in order to leave for a cross country meet. My wonderful husband offered to get up and take her. While he offered the night before, it was even more appreciated Friday morning since I spent most of the night awake - sick. Since he was out anyway, he and my son (not sure why he gave up sleep) decided to get some Christmas shopping done. Husband needed a new monitor (how he could do anything on that ancient blurry thing was a mystery to me); he also wanted a new internal hard drive for me.   He ended up with a $300 19" wide-screen for $120.  The salesperson mistakenly told him the that was the one on sale.  After standing in the line for over an hour, they had to make good on their salesperson's mistake.  The hard drive was $60.00. 

Meanwhile, I slept in. Later, I made waffles for the remaining child, and came up to the office with my morning cup of life. I sat in my comfy office chair, in front of my crystal clear flat panel, and browsed to my favorite online shopping locations. I had some clothing to order, but the big thing on the list was NeverWinter Nights 2. My husband, son and I have been awaiting its release very im-patiently. I put three copies in my basket while I browsed for games for the 6 year old. She wants Barbie everything, so I intended to find Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses.

After a while, my men folk came home. My son was enthusiastic, and couldn't wait to tease me with the present he had gotten for me - NeverWinter Nights 2. "Mom, they had them buy one get one free! There was only one on the shelf, but I searched and found 4 more copies hidden behind FEAR. I am sure someone hid them there Wednesday with the intention of sleeping in and getting them Friday afternoon, but I found the hidden stash!" Beaming from ear to ear, he wandered off to play Fable.

After he left, I maximized my browser, and removed two of the copies. I was also getting them at $25.00 instead of $50.00, but I didn't have to search behind FEAR. :) I guess I have to find something else to give to my husband for Christmas.  Maybe a new power supply.  But best of all, I didn't have to get dressed. I sat in my Eeyore nightgown and Tinkerbell slippers and had the joy of finding presents as well.  The only inconvenience I had was the virtual lines (some sites were slower to load than normal with my broadband connection), however, free-flowing coffee and my choice of shopping music did much to alleviate that inconvenience.

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