Okay, I’ve decided to try and look on the bright side of this pandemic crap. Now that I am unofficially officially retired. I’ve decided to try out a bit of optimism. Not that I consider myself a pessimist by any means – more of a realist. Sometimes when things are brown and ugly.. you gotta call it crap, pure and simple. Covid-19 is crap, no way around it – but it has made one American tradition a LOT more civilized. Yes, I am talking about Black Friday. The annual day where capitalism and frugality duke it out at the cost of all human decency and altruism. Admittedly, as a person who truly enjoys studying behaviors both in society and out in the wild, Black Friday nationwide petri dish treasure trove. Pick some strategic locations (number 1 being Home Depot as they pass out donuts and drinks to those standing in their line) and then stay up all night until 4am and rush out to stand in line while your wife hangs out in the car or RV at the back of the lot. Breakfast, a show and if there happens to be some really good item I don’t have to lose my humanity for, then bonus. I’ve seen it all, screaming matches, toy tug-o-war, adult fights, adults getting trampled, kids getting trampled, trips, falls, my wife walking briskly up to me with a hot sale item in her hand telling me we have to head for the checkouts immediately … will leave that story right there ha. All good blog fodder for the other flagship Intrigued blog. Not sure what the standard behavior is other countries – just assumed this is just a US stigma. Regardless – the pandemic has accelerated a new era for Black Friday – one more focused on sitting in your most comfortable living room chair and dancing down the aisles with a mouse and keyboard. I suspect that the emergency room visits outside of Covid cases plummeted this season as a result – maybe some carpal tunnel or extra eye strain cases, but those shouldn’t take up precious ER beds. So there you have it – the pandemic has brought more civility to the US – who would have guessed that could have happened. Then there is the benefit of successfully ending the concept of hugs which I’m all for!!! Yikes, my intro got away from me today. The good news is the animal wildlife part (not the above wild human part) is more of a picture than a word post. You might recognize today’s featured feathered friend.
No, your browser cache is not acting up and bringing in images from the last post. Over the past 13+ years, this might be the first time I’ve featured the exact same bird species in back to back posts. I try to be a bit more creative for my readers. However, in this special case, I wanted to follow-up on a missing element from the last post.
Hit the jump for an explanation of the deja-vu