Well, that was fun


I couldn’t stay asleep yesterday morning – I woke up at 2:45am and couldn’t get back to sleep. Around 4am, I decided to get dressed and see if I could pick up one of the Black Friday deals at Circuit City, which would be opening at 5am.

When I got there at 4:40, I had to park well away from Circuit City – it’s next to CompUSA, and that entire section of the parking lot was full. The line for Circuit City started in front of the store, went past the music store next door, past the bridal store next to the music store, continued all the way down the side of the building and into the back. When I joined the line, it had just started looping back toward the front of the building. By the time the doors opened, the line went all the way back to the front and there was a small crowd directly in front of the doors waiting for the line to disappear.

I went in and headed directly to the section I wanted, then waited for an employee so I could ask for the item I wanted. A few minutes later, a young woman showed up and asked, “Who’s next?” I indicated the lady next to me, and when she opened the display case to get her item, I said, “As long as you’re in there, could I get one of (the item I wanted)?” She replied that I needed instead to get into a particular line for checkout, because they were handing them out at that register. So, I did. A few minutes later, another young woman came by asking which of us in line wanted that item, so I got one.

I was about 5th in line at the time. By the time I was 4th in line, they were down to three remaining. By the time I got to the register, they were out.

After I was done, it took me several minutes to thread my way back to the front of the store so I could exit. By the time I got back to my car (about 5:35am), the section of the parking lot I was in (which had no stores that opened early) was also full, and people were driving around waiting for an open space.

I’m glad I got the item I was looking for, but I don’t think I’ll do that again.

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