Do these people not have a Starbucks to vandalize or something?
The I-smoked-my-own-white-man-dreadlocks-by-accident-because-I-thought-they-were-doobies crowd is apparently boycotting any purchases of anything today (hat-tip to She Who Posts Too Irregularly).
Like any of these twits with unwashed bodies and thoroughly washed brains has money to buy things anyhow. People like that are why I never keep loose change in my pocket (if you've ever strolled down Government Street in Victoria, or outside Union Station in Toronto, you know what I'm talking about).
Even if I had the slightest inclination to participate in this infantile stunt, I couldn't. I buy water every time I flush a toilet at my house. And believe me, you don't want me skipping a day of flushing. It's cold enough outside that I'm pretty much stuck buying electricity and natural gas today. And since it's Friday, I'm buying health and dental benefits (conveniently deducted directly off my paystub) simply by earning a wage. I guess you pretty much have to be homeless and unemployed to participate, which says a lot about the people who have served up this steaming pile of stupidity.
The truth, though, is that like most men, I like buying stuff. Not shopping, mind you - that particular female invention invokes emotions somewhat akin to those I imagine having while my fingernails nails are removed with hot pincers by an advanced Parkinson's patient. But buying? Laying cash on a barrelhead? Exchanging the product of my hard work for ownership of something tangible? That's kind of fun.
In fact, I was already planning to buy a big, garrish, plastic Christmas present for my kids at Toys R Us on the way home from work tonight. Not only will the kids love it, my wife and I will love seeing the smiles and hearing the shrieks when they rip off the wrapping paper and realize it's theirs to play with whenever they want.
And I'll have the added pleasure of knowing I've engaged in my own little protest against the delusional idiots who think prosperity and its consumerist trappings should be a crime.