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September 28, 2007

BBQ Beef (120)

Yesterday we ate food from Kim Chee 7 at Westridge and that is always a winner. I packed up some of the barbeque beef, which is really good at Kim Chee. Kim Chee restaurants have the best food hands down while the vegetables at Gina's are the best. Mr. Pikko was saying that if we could combine Gina's vegetables with Kim Chee food, ohh that would be heaven.

Oh! And what is this next to my delicious pieces of beef? Could it be? YES! Tomatoes from my garden!!!!! They've been this color for several days now and I just couldn't take it already, so I picked five this morning. The reddest ones were starting to get little blemishes on them so I didn't want them to spoil or anything. They're so freakin' teeny tiny, but since I grew them myself I'm still so proud of them. I put them next to some slices of avocado and added some Kraft Free Ranch into the kitty cup for the tomatoes. They smell really great! :D

I mentioned Black Friday a couple days ago and someone commented advertising another black friday ads site, but I saw this other one that I liked too that I think I used last year for research. To those who don't know what Black Friday is, it's the day after Thanksgiving, which we all know to be the "busiest shopping day of the year". Being a last minute Amazon frenzy shopper, I'd never understood why that would be until I heard about Black Friday. It's the day all the crazy people ditch Thanksgiving dinner to go stand in line at Best Buy, Circuit City, Toys R Us, and KB Toys in order to get the smashingly good deals only available that day.

We did this last year and went to CompUSA, Toys R Us, KB Toys, and Office Depot. I had a plan too. I'd researched a whole day and made an entire excel sheet notating what toys to get and everything and what did I do? I took it to work to look at and then LEFT IT THERE. All my careful research, hosed. Anyway, we were going over the times we'd go to the store. Mr. Pikko would go to Office Depot for a monitor and tv and I would go to Toys R Us. It was 5 pm and we were headed to his MIL's house to eat Thanksgiving dinner. I told him we should drive by Best Buy and I bet there would be people there, to which he replied I was insane. We go there and there are at least 50 people waiting in line. Circuit City, same thing.

We ended up going to CompUSA first because they decided to hold their sale at 10 pm instead of 6 am like everyone else. We learned a few lessons right away. One: shop with a partner. The worst part about BF shopping is by far the checkout lines. One person should zoom around the store picking up things while the other stands in line. If you've ever been to the Pearl Highlands CompUSA you have an idea on the size of the store. Well, the line 15 minutes after they opened was wrapping around the store TWICE. Our shopping was done in 10 minutes and we didn't get out of CompUSA until midnight.

On the way back to his mom's house, I told him to stop by Toys R Us to check out the line. He told me there was no way people would stand in line for TOYS. Delusional man. *sigh* There were people there sleeping on the parking lot with their kids sleeping in shopping carts. We went home to nap and he brought me back out at 2 am and the line was looping all the way out to the road and curling back behind the store. I got in line, plopped my chair down, and ate my Zippy's spaghetti. Meanwhile, these people in front of me are joined by some of their family and they start talking really loud about how KB Toys is already open and there are NO LINES. I'm wondering if this is just a ploy to get me out of line, but then they were in front of me, so I didn't see why. After debating it for 10 minutes I finally ask one of the ladies in front of me and packed up my stuff, drove over to KB Toys at Pearlridge and sure enough. They were open at midnight and all the people at Toys R Us had no idea. I bought so many toys that I carried a bag of toys back to the car that went up past my waist. It was insane. And freakin' cheap too!

The adventure continued with me going to Office Depot with Mr. Pikko to stand in line since I was done with my shopping by 3 am and then later to Toys R Us which ended up being a BIG mistake because the lines were ridiculously stupid. They went all the way to the back of the store and people had shopping carts stacked up a few feet taller than themselves. This year I'm just beating the crowd, heading to KB Toys at midnight and then going home to sleep off my turkey and play Wings of the Goddess.

I've got it all figured out, so this basically guarantees something will go wrong!


Marryth said...

Canadian Thanksgiving Day is in October, not November, so we don't have "Black Friday". But, we do have an equivalent - Boxing Day.

It's the day after Christmas, for you Americans who have no idea what I'm talking about. I know my husband didn't, when he first got here.

Mad sales, CRAZY packed stores. And yes, it's a holiday. At least we don't have to choose between turkey dinner and cheap shopping, I guess?

And on a bento-related note: Aren't garden-fresh tomatoes great? I love them! Sooo much nicer than storebought! :D We grew regular tomatoes and cherry tomatoes this year, so all of my tomatoes of both sizes are from the garden for a while yet. :)

Anonymous said...

Why don't you post the comment that has the other black friday web site?

The one you have links to in your blog stinks. Why do you promote this terrible site? Give us the link to the other site.

I noticed on anyother blog site almost the same verbage for the same lame black friday web site. Are you being paid to post this web site prefab comments

Pikko said...

It is a PayPerPost blog entry so yes, I am being paid to link to them. As it gets closer to Black Friday I will blog more about it and add more links as I do my own research but I don't really see the need to say such things to me since it's so early.

Pikko said...

There, added your link in. Sheesh. :P

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