Joining the Black Friday crowds in Lansing was fun the past two years. The Daily Grit son, the Undercover Geek, and I really enjoyed doing it together. It was kind of like an aggressive game of paint ball or walking along Grand River Avenue in East Lansing after a MSU basketball loss.
Last year going to the Meijers on West Saginaw was so incredibly experiential. After braving the early morning shoppers in the merchandise aisles, I felt I could brave anything. Then we'd be onto Best Buy where lines waiting to checkout looped around the store a couple of times.
This year we got to Best Buy about 45 minutes later than usual. It was disappointing. There was only was line around the store and all the aisles seemed pretty navigable. Meijers at 8 a.m. or thereabouts seemed pretty tame. I've seen Saturdays that were more crowded.
Now some said that the shoppers mayhem came earlier. Best part was doing it together. We stopped at the nearby Beaners before starting and then had a bagel at Panera Bread at the mall. It was a good time. I'd do it again with him.