Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday Five

1. Would you ever/have you ever stood in line for something--tickets, good deals on electronics, Tickle Me Elmo?

There are very few things I would wait in lines for (I have issues waiting in line; I have issues waiting in grocery lines sometimes). I would wait in line for tickets for a Jars of Clay concert. I have waited in line to get into Pro Player stadium to see Game 3 of the 2003 World Series game with the Yankees and the Marlins.

2. Do you enjoy shopping as a recreational activity?

Depends on what I'm shopping for. When I want to go out and do something, shopping is not high on the list of things to do, though if I need something I enjoy it.

3. Your favorite place to browse without necessarily buying anything.

Used book stores...or book stores in general. There's a great used bookstore - Chatham Booksellers - that's within walking distance of Drew.

4. Gift cards: handy gifts for the loved one who has everything, or cold impersonal symbol of all that is wrong in our culture?

Mixed reviews. I think gift cards are fine to get someone when you don't know what to get them, but for someone close to you I think it's a bit of a cop out. Gift cards to book stores or clothing stores, however, are perfectly acceptable.

5. Discuss the spiritual and theological issues inherent in people coming to blows over a Playstation 3.

Um, greed and our individualistic society being all about me, me, ME. I think it's sick and disgusting and demonstrates how far American culture has sunk morally and spiritually. That people think they need a PS3 that much...*sighs* It makes me sad. It goes with the whole mentality of "The one with the most toys wins" and the fact that people cannot seem to get pasty their own material existence to anything deeper and more meaningful.


Songbird said...

Can you really browse and not buy in a bookstore? I find I always get into trouble!

rev maria said...

I saw one good that came out of the greedy mindset. A teenager who planned to sell his new playstation online learned a classmate had cancer and decided to give it to the classmate instead. Wish that happened more often.

Sally said...

Browsing and not buying in a bookstore- is this possible???

hipchickmamma said...

(0) thanks for sharing the story about the teenager, a nice ray of light

rev maria said...

Melissa, I emailed you the sermon illustration you asked for. You'll notice I also used your "the one with the most toys wins" in it. :-) Thanks.

DannyG said...

As a fellow New Englander I hope you were cheering for the Marlins!