Black Friday Arrives In The Valley

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Call them crazy but no one could deny the dedication of the millions of people waiting across the country for stores to open with cheap stuff inside. Potentially thousands of them, right here in the Valley. Each with a reason, and a story why they're here.

Usually the most dedicated of the line is the person sitting at the very front. At Best Buy, it's Peter Luong. He got there at six in the morning to guarantee he'd get a T.V. he wanted.

"Everytime in Biology class instead of doing my work I'd always go to Best Buy and look up the deals," said Luong. "I saw a 40 inch tv that was normally $415, $180 today. I decided that's a good deal, so I'm getting one and my brother's getting one."

It's a long time to wait for anything, but seasoned veterans of the unofficial holiday know how to make the clock move faster.

"I talk to anyone, I don't care," said Johanne Blay, who has been in line every year for the past three. "I don't look at the time. You don't look at the time, time goes by quick. That's what I do. Do that, listen to some music, talk to people. Make some new friends."

The thrill of trying to get that deep discount can make even the most sane brave the elements. There's just something about things like televisions that make people reconsider their beliefs.

"I swore I'd never do this whole Black Friday thing, but here I am," said Sam Sponaugle. "My dad's been wanting one as a computer screen. I didn't know what else to get him."

Proof that Black Friday isn't all about what you can get for yourself. It's a great time to score some cheap gifts for the next big holiday.

"I want the laptop, the Lenovo, to give to my dad for Christmas," said Monica Shifflett. "I think he'll like it just because it's a PC. He doesn't know yet, so it's a surprise."


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