We’ve been doing this Black Friday / Cyber Monday thing since 2008, if my poor 46-year-old brain recalls correctly. And it’s become a bit of a circus (unlike back in my day).
This may be another sign that I’m getting older and crankier, but it just seems no fun anymore. Too much noise, pushing, shoving … oh look, an assault in aisle four by a mother of three.
So, just like older folks enjoy a nice meal a tad earlier than the young’uns, we thought we’d have an earlier sale. You know — get the stuff you want, avoid the crowds, maybe watch some Matlock and turn in early.
New York City should have been destroyed 33 years ago.
A bunch of really smart people got together in 1880 to predict the future, according to Jeff Stibel in his intriguing book Breakpoint. These experts were called on to predict how the rapidly growing Gotham would manage into the next century and beyond.
The prognosis was not positive.
NYC was a major source of American innovation in 1880. Skyscrapers, subways, stock exchanges — and it was doubling in size every 10 years. The experts were concerned by this growth, because they projected by 1980, you’d need six million horses to transport all the people who would live there.