Surviving “Black Friday”

Surviving “Black Friday” Need Not Be Stressful

By
Chris Furguson
With the day after Thanksgiving comes “Black Friday,” the day where stores traditionally start showing a profit for the entire year.  With Black Friday comes big sales and big crowds of rabid consumers willing to do just about anything to get the items they’re after.
That is why the Weekly-Chronicle presents this “Black Friday Survival Guide” for those considering joining the fracas of Black Friday.
One, know exactly what you want and where it is. Black Friday is not a day where you want to dawdle and “shop.”  In fact, while you’re looking for that special gift with a cart full of stuff, someone may wind up taking one of your better finds for themselves!  And that’s not mentioning all the pickpockets and more criminal elements that still thrive on Black Friday.
Bring a list of exactly what you want and, when you grab it, move on.
Also, most department stores have a similar layout to one another and the more you know about the store, the better you know how to navigate your way through it.
Two, realize that the item you want may not be available, even if you stood in line for hours.
Retailers, more often than not, have a nasty policy of having the bare minimum of a popular item in stock.  In other words, if the advertised minimum is five and you’re #6 in line for it, you’re out of luck.  It’s a practice not liked among critics of the retail industry, but it does exist and it does happen.
Three, ask the manager if there are any backup sales planned.  Sometimes, a store will allow other items to be sold at sales prices once the listed item is gone.
However, don’t just accept any item at the listed price.  Make sure the item being offered is similar to the sold out item.  Do not let your desire to get a gift cloud your overall judgment.
Four, find a smart shopping buddy. A recent online quote about Black Friday says it best.  “Taking a lover is like taking a walking argument – just don’t.”  Keep the kids at home as well.
Sometimes, you want an extra pair of hands for a big item or for another chance at a particular gift.  What you don’t want is the added stress of a potential argument or fight if you don’t get THAT item.  Leave the spouse at home when you shop or let them shop at other stores to spread your potential.
The stress of excited and disappointed kids who will become aware that Mommy or Daddy need help for their shopping addictions will also contribute to your overall discomfort, so leave them at home as well, especially if you plan a shopping spree of more than 3 hours.
If you must have a buddy, consider a like-minded friend who isn’t interested in any of the deals.  One who is strong or determined enough to pull you away from the fray if need be.
Five, bring a survival pack of advertisements, water and snacks.
It’s going to be cold while you wait.  Then, with the rush of shopping, you will be dehydrated from all the sweating you’ll be doing.  Bring some water or some other refreshing drink with you and keep yourself hydrated.  Also, if you know you’re going to get hungry, bring a snack instead of rushing to the food court/restaurant.  Those places will be packed.
Also, sometimes the computers aren’t programmed with every bargain in time for shopping, so bring any ads with you that you’re considering.
Six, consider shopping another day.  More often than not, the sales on “Black Friday” aren’t necessarily the best deals before Christmas.  Shopping another weekend before the holidays may result in a better gift for your loved ones.
There is a growing movement amongst shoppers where they exercise almost total restraint during the Black Friday weekend, just because of the almost rabid-like nature of their fellow consumers.  Consider the same thing for yourself and just wait for a less stressful time.
Seven – Consider shopping at home.
Online shopping can be a more pleasant experience than shopping in person, especially on Black Friday.  Trust reliable websites and be careful with your credit/debit cards and you can have a stress free holiday experience.
At least until the packages arrive, that is.

Turkey Ride Gathers Over 300 Turkeys

Turkey Ride Gathers Over 300 Turkeys For Needy Local Families

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Volunteer Morgan Fowlkes helps load donated turkeys into a pickup truck at the 12th Annual Turkey Ride donation drive at Lucky’s Supermarket in El Centro Saturday.

By Luke Phillips
El Centro California – Shopping cart after shopping cart full of frozen turkeys came wheeling out of Lucky’s Supermarket in El Centro Saturday morning as generous residents donated to help feed hungry families this Thanksgiving.
The 38th Chapter of the Abate motorcycle club, Lucky’s Supermarket, and the local food bank organized and hosted the 12 Annual Turkey Ride and had no problem exceeding their goal of collecting 300 turkeys for needy families.
More than 100 motorcycle riders participated in the event including members of local clubs The Blue Knights, The Rolling Knights, and the Calexico Bikers. Others came from farther away to donate a turkey and pitch in at the event.
“We have people from all over here,” said Eddie Aranda, president of the local Abate chapter. “There’s people here from San Diego, Escondido, Yuma and all over.”
Aranda said that the club has been involved with the Turkey Ride for the past twelve years, but this is the biggest year so far. There were more participants than expected and the goal of collecting 300 turkeys was exceeding by 17.
After the 300 turkeys were collected they were rushed by pickup truck to 12 different local charities for disbursement to needy families.
The large turnout was a surprise to Lucky’s store manager Jose Vizcarra.
“I honestly didn’t expect this kind of turnout,” Vizcarra said, “but there’s people here from all over the valley. It’s going very well.”
Vizcarra said that Lucky’s was also hosting a separate event on the same day as part of the El Centro Food Bank’s ‘In Your Community’ campaign to raise money for the food bank’s holiday programs.
“It’s a good thing,” said Vizcarra, “we just want to help keep these events alive.”

4th Annual Hall of Fame Ball

Green and Gold Committee Hosts 4th Annual Hall of Fame Ball

By Betty Predmore
Green and Gold Banquet 067Holtville California – Viking Pride was alive and well as the Holtville Green & Gold Committee held its 4th Annual Hall of Fame Ball on Friday night at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club.  The celebration got underway with the Holtville High School Band of Pride performing the Viking Fight Song for the audience.  The Clark Baker Band also entertained throughout the evening to a crowd who enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by the Swiss Club and served by the Holtville FFA.  Those in attendance were able to stroll along the lighted pathway that displayed photos of all this year’s inductees.  There were also several photos on display that played tribute to the 100 years of Holtville High School in this, its Centennial year.
The first presentations of the evening were the Community Distinguished Service Awards which were presented by the H.U.S.D. Board of Directors to such service groups as the American Legion, Holtville Athletic Club, Holtville Rotary Club, Holtville Soroptimist Club, and the Holtville Women’s Club.  These clubs were recognized for their continued support and contributions to Holtville High School and its student body.
The 1996 C.I.F. Champion Cross-Country Team and the 1995 C.I.F. Champion Baseball Team members and coaches were presented with commemorative C.I.F. Championship Rings in honor of their achievements in athletics.  The coaches were able to share some special memories of the teams which evoked laughter from the audience.
Seven outstanding individuals were inducted into this year’s Hall of Fame.  Patricia Brown received an induction as a community member in recognition of her years of service to Holtville students, especially through her work with 4-H, FFA, and AFS.  She also served the community as a member of the school board from 1981-1989.
Jack Kelly was inducted in the Education category for his dedication to music and arts in the Holtville school system.  He served as band and chorus director at Holtville Middle School from 1965-1987, and also coached many operettas throughout those years, giving students an opportunity to learn more about music and stage presence.  Even after retiring in 1987, he would often stand in for the high school band instructor and has always been an avid supporter of the high school music program.
William Lehman was inducted as a Holtville High School Alumnus as a 1975 graduate of Holtville High School.  After earning a law degree in 1982, Mr. Lehman returned to the Imperial Valley and began to practice law.  He served for 21 years as Imperial County’s Assistant Public Defender before being elected to the position of Court Commissioner.  In 2006, he was appointed as a judge to the Imperial County Superior Court, and was re-elected to that position again in 2008.