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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, December 4, 2014 Of shoes and " wax by Ann Young Gregory Black Friday/Cyber Monday Reprinted from December 2, 2010 How complicated Christmas shopping has become! Did you brave the crowds at 2 or 3 or 4 a.m. Friday to try to grab one of the big bargains at one of the stores in Bristol or Kingsport or Johnson City--or even farther afield than that? The day after Thanksgiving has been called "Black Friday" since 1966, although the term hasn't been in universal use for that long. Seems a -Philadelphia newspaper reported that year that the day after Thanksgiving was called "Black Friday" by the Philadelphia Police Department because of the tremen- dous downtown traffic jams and mobs of jaywalkers who evidently couldn't be controlled and wreaked havoc with vehicular and pedestrian traffic alike. The newspaper's story came complete with the comment that the phrase was not intended by the police as a "term of endearment." The phrase didn't enjoy widespread use, however, until almost ten years later when it reached beyond Philadelphia and hit the New York Times and the Associated Press in 1975. Even so, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported in 1985 that retailers in Los Angeles and Cincinnati were still unaware of the term. That gradually changed, of course, and at this point, everybody knows "Black Friday" and what it means. A second explanation for the phrase is one that I long believed to be the actual reason for the name of the day after Thanksgiving, although this reason didn't surface until the early 1980s, some time after the term "Black Friday" was coined by the Philadelphia Police Department. That explanation has to do with the profit- and-loss, red-ink-versus-black-ink status of retailers. It was said that Christmas shoppers on the Day After Thanksgiving caused most retailers to turn the comer from red to black ink--and so marked the beginning of profit-making for the year. That, it turns out, isn't nec- essarily the case, although it might be so in some instances. Anyway, getting back to the point, did you go shop- ping on Black Friday? My every intention was not to go outside the front door, much less go shopping, on that day. However, Peyton decided she wanted to shop, and asked us to go with her She reasoned that if we left home after lunch, most of the more avid shoppers would be worn out and headed .for home and their respective couches by the time we got to the Mall or Exit 7. (It would also give her the opportunity to eat a turkey sandwich, one of her favorite Thanksgiving left- overs.) Turns out she was right, and although parking was a little tighter than usual, highway traffic seemed relatively normal, and we didn't ha ,e to wait--at least for very long--in any line to buy things. I had made a basic list of a few things I wanted to look for, and got sidetracked by only one impulse item--a major item which was less than half price until 2 p.m. (we got there about 1:30). I saved about $60. We ran into some St. Paul friends who'd beeri shopping since 2 a.m which paid off, since they managetl to get the bargains they went for! Then came Saturday--I loved the four-day holiday!- -and I spent the morning and an hour or so of the after- noon wrapping Christmas presents that I've been accu- mulating. I also went back online (which is where I've done the majority of my shopping) and bought a.few other things. It's usually possible to find bargains online, even if it isn't Christmas, and some "of my favorite online sites offered free shipping. Since postage and UPS and FedEx charges can be killers, these free shipping offers really appealed to me. I told somebody that surely will surely send me a Thank You note--I've done a lot of shopping there-- it's one of the sites that offers free shipping on some items if the order is for at least $25 of merchandise--and it's hard to find many things that are less than that. I've ordered one item from a site with which I was unfamil- iar, but which had an item I really wanted, and although I had to pay shipping, the item was on sale and I got it for considerably less than I'd have paid for the same thing at Amazon, even with no shipping charges--it pays to look around. Anyway, after I'd just about finished everything except stocking-stuffer-type things, which I have to see, and which probably aren't even available online, every TV and newspaper story started screaming "Cyber Monday," the Monday after Thanksgiving when, appar- ently, everybody goes back to work and uses the high- speed computer connections at their offices to order Christmas presents--making it a big, big e-commerce sales day! According to the Intemet, 106 million Americans (one-third of the population) will shop online, with more than seven million of those using Blackberries or Droids or iPhones (or whatever) to research items on their way to their respective cities, and then will do the actual purchasing in brick-and- mortar stores. I learned that the term "Cyber Monday" is a neologism (nee AH la jizm), which I had to look up- -it's "a newly coined word or phrase that may be in the process of entering common use, but has not yet been accepted into mainstream language." The phrase was coined in 2005 by, a website which is part of the National Retail Federation, when its officials observed that 78 percent of online retailers reported a significant, increase in sales the Monday after Thanksgiving. The New York Times reported it, the term caught on, and at this point, five years later, it probably should no longer be classified as a neologism, since I guess I heard the term a hundred and fifty times over the weekend and on Monday morning, which should qualify it as having "been accepted into main= stream language!" However, even though I shopped in real stores on Black Friday, I didn't buy a single thing online while I was at the office on Cyber Monday. Wherever I bought it, my shopping's about done-- except for a few stocking stuffers! All I have to do is sit back and wait for it to be delivered! last-minute gift ideas and some shopp" g ad " in v lC e from Pam Young I know, I know, you haven't completed your shopping and Christmas is the day after tomorrow. I get to say, "I know," because I really do. I'm a Sidetracked Home Executive and in case you don't know, we SHEs are procrastinators. So calm down and breathe, everything is going to be just fine. Get a pen and paper, sit down with your favorite drink and think. Your creativity is your special gift and that super mind of yours just waits for times like this to come to your rescue. Knock and it will answer. Here are just a few of the last-minute ideas I've come up with over the years. 1. Give from your kitchen Since I love to cook and I make all my salad dress- ings from scratch, I've often given the dry ingredi- ents along with the instruc- tions to add olive oil and vinegar (you can provide that too, but let the recipi- ent shake them together later for a fresher gift) I save glass jars and quart jars are the perfect size for the recipient to add the oil and vinegar to the dry ingredients. You can also use those wine vinegar bot- ties for the0il and vinegar and put the dry ingredients into one of those cute little jars that sample jellies and honey come in when you have room service at a hotel. Gifts from your kitchen are always welcomed. See what you can whip up to give. 2. Give money Download Everybody Loves Money from my website for ten fun ways to give cash using stuff you've got around the house or from the grocery store. 3. Write a letter I love to write letters to those I love and update them on how much they mean to me. Since we give money at Christmastime, adding a page with my love adds so much to the value of the gifts. 4. Stay away from the mall! When you're in a rush, the brain tends to give in to the pressure of noise, loud Christmas music and flashy displays. It just wants to get you out of the chaos and get to someplace quieter. If you must to go to Target or Walmart, wear earplugs. My daughter Peggy discovered earplugs when she was a young mother. She told me they were just like taking a tran- ers for your help with quilizer, house cleaning, car wash- At this point in time, it's ing, gardening, sewing, good to avoid stores that laundry, baking, baby sit- sell nothing but Christmas ting, pet walking, grocery stuff. If you haven't hauled shopping and such. out holly, it's too late. And Be Kind do NOT go to any stores The most important throwing last-minute sales thing you should do at this unless you want to end up time is to be kind to your- in therapy or handcuffs, self and don't stress over 5. Plan for just one this sacred holiday. And stop remember, like the words Before you head out to one of my favorite spend at least twenty rain- Christmas songs, "It's not utes making a list of what the things you do at you need at the store. This Christmas, but the little thinking time will save you things you do all year so much time when you're long." out there. Pretend you're For more from Pam back in Little House on the Young go to www.clubor- Prairie days and you have You'll find to get everything from Mr. -many musings, videos of Olson's store. That will Pam in the kitchen prepar- spark your creative mind as ing delicious meals, videos you look for what you need on how to get organized, on that list you took time to ways to lose weight and get make. Note: don't leave it your finances in order, all at home. from a reformed SLOB's 6. Give a gift of your point of view. time and energy One year my son .Michael gave his ousins a voucher he printed up on the computer to take them to a movie complete with treats. He told me later, that he should have given just the movie because the combination of movie and treats went way over his gift-giving budget. You could make vouch- DEADLINES: EDITORIAL copy (anniversaries, birthdays,weddings, calendar items, press releases, etc.) 3 p.m. Monday ADVERTISING (Classified and display) 12 noon Monday What Lies Ahead by Lee H. Hamilton Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you'd think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser. It,s the next few weeks and months that really matter. The big question, as the old Congress reconvenes and prepares to make way for next year's version, is whether the two parties will work more closely together to move the coun- try forward or instead lapse back into confrontation and deadlock. I suspect the answer will be a mix: mod- est progress on a few issues, but no major reforms. Overall, the deep frus, tration Americans feel toward Washington will likely continue. Especially since, despite the urgent problems confronting us, the House leadership has announced an astoundingly relaxed 2015 agenda that includes not a single five- day work week, 18 weeks with no votes scheduled, and just one full month in session: January. Still, there is hope for at least a modicum of progress. The President wants to enhance his lega- cy. More politicians these days seem to prefer gov- erning to posturing. The Republican Party may have won big in the elec- tions, but it still cannot govern alone: it will need Democratic votes in the Senate and the cooperation of the President. And both parties want to demon- strate that they recognize they're responsible for governing. Congress faces plenty of issues that need address- ing, which means that skillful legislators who want to show progress have an extensive menu from which to choose. Trade, health care, terror- ism, responsible budget- ing, roles on greenhouse gas emissions All of these are amenable to incremental progress. Which is not to say that progress is inevitable. President Obama acted to halt deportations of mil- lions of illegal immigrantS, though he did so without Congress. His action could unleash unpredictable con- sequences. Meanwhile, the new Republican Senate is almost certain to give the President's nominees a hard timei while GOP sen- ators are unlikely to want to appear too tough on Loretta Lynch, the nomi- nee for attorney general, the gloves will almost cer- tainly come off for nomi- nees who must negotiate hearings after her. Yet indications of what next year may be like have already begun to emerge. Third Annual Cavs Trio Silent Auction 12/4 The Third Annual Cavs Trio Silent Auction will be held Thursday, Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. in the David J. Prior Convocation Center. The Women's Basketball team will com- pete against West Virginia Wesleyan College at 5:30 p.m. and Men's Basketball team will compete at 7:30 p.m. The event includes a wonderful collection of items ranging, from infrared heaters to hand- made scarves to UVa-Wise corn hole boards to a wide assortment of gift cards. Proceeds will benefit vol- leyball, women's basket- ball and softball teams. The Third Annual Art Bazaar will be held December 8 - 12. The Art Bazaar is a collection of unique, handcrafted art- work by students, faculty, staff, and community members. This year we will have a new selection of jewelry, photography, paintings, ceramics, scarves, handbags, wreaths, ornaments, wood- work and more! All pro- ceeds benefit Art student scholarships and Gallery You are invited to attend the opening reception planned for Monday, December 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. outside of Gallery 121. It's a perfect time to do some holiday shopping! Gallery 121 is a non-profit organization and continues to operate through the generosity and support of our community. Bills with arelatively nar- row focus that enjoy bipar- tisan support -- boosting agricultural development aid overseas, funding research into traumatic brain injuries, giving par- ents with disabled children a tax break on savings for long-term expenses -- either have passed the "lame-duck" Congress or stand a good chance of doing so. In the end, 2015 will see a mix of small steps for- ward and backward. There's little chance of a minimum wage increase and it's unlikely the budget will be passed in an order- ly and traditional manner. Similarly, significant and difficult issues like major entitlement and tax reform will prove hard to budge, and comprehensive immi- gration reform is a near impossibility. There will be no knockdown punch on Obamacare, but we'll see plenty of efforts to chip away at it. On the other . hand, Congress can probably manage to avoid a govern- ment shutdown, and it faces decent prospects of expanding and protecting our energy boom, promot- ing fast-track trade author- ity, and funding key infra- structure needs. Defense spending will not be fur- ther reduced. The parties on Capitol Hill are highly suspicious of one another. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the right things about wanting more openness, a more traditional process, and more ability on the minority's part to offer amendments, but he'll be under great pressure from members of his caucus to make life hard for Democrats. Similarly, Democrats in the Senate, still fuming over what they view as obstructionism from the Republicans over the last several years, will face pressure to make life as hard as possible for the new majority. Yet here's the basic truth: divided government does not have to be dys- functional. It can be made to work, and if incremental progress on small issues is the way to get started, then let's hope Congress and the President pursue that course. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a mem- ber of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly ha St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO INC. The Clinch Valley Tm~s serves tim four-county area of Wise, Russell Diekeuson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. Periodicals postage is paid at the Post Office in St. Paul, VA 24283 Alien Gregory Editor/Adv. Susan Trent Adv./Graphics ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS: In advance: $28.50 in Wise and Russell Counties; $30.00 in other 24-zip-codes; elsewhere $32.50. 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