ON THE BIGGEST RETAIL DAY OF THE YEAR NEXT WEEK, it's heartening to know that outdoor gear giant REI is walking away from the madness of Black Friday and instead closing its doors that day and telling employees to go hiking! I love it and can't think of anything worse than getting into holiday mayhem in any shopping center in America on the day-after-Thanksgiving.
Speaking of the holidays, it seems Christmas music on the radio starts earlier and earlier each year. It used to wait until Thanksgiving, but now some of it starts weeks earlier. I just flip the station cause I'm not interested in how the ante is upped to get us to go shopping.