Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day Roundup, Or Why It Should Be Jdimytai Damour Day
Jdimytai Damour/Public Domain
In 2008 all 6'4" and 270 pounds of Jdimytai Damour, a temp at a Walmart in Valley Stream, NY was trampled to death by shoppers stampeding into the store in search of bargains. I have always thought the day should be renamed in his honor, a victim of greed. In 2009 I wrote Forget Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day, it should be Jdimytai Damour Day
I am usually pretty negative about both Black Friday and Buy Nothing Day, but there are happier alternatives. I like TreeHugger Emeritus Ruben Anderson's suggestion from 2005 that today be Perogie Party Day.
If we really want to change the world, we need to find a truly different way of living. We must consume much, much less. So what is my plan to reduce consumption? It's simple, have more perogie parties.
Life can have its boring moments, long days and hard work, which, as common wisdom goes, we ease by buying gadgets we hope will make it easier. I, and many others, have found another way. Cooking, weeding, strawberry picking, and all the other chores that I hated when I was a teenager, are a lot more fun when you do it with your friends. I have never bought anything, never seen a movie, never driven anywhere that gave me as much pleasure as that perogie party.
In 2008, the depths of the economic crash, It seemed every day was Buy Nothing Day. The sentiment still rings true for many.
The fact is, in this economy every day is Buy Nothing Day, and among many people its message has taken hold. Anyone out there buying big flatscreen TVs and Blu-rays should stop at the library and have a quick read of the Ant and the Grasshopper on the way, and remember that when push comes to shove, you can't eat a flat screen TV.
Last year I wondered why it was OK for people to sit overnight in front of a Best Buy without cops hassling you, but sitting in a park gets you pepper sprayed.