A lot of people shop on Black Friday with their family members, like the guys shown up above. They were all super nice to me, and took time out from shopping to chat with a reporter, which I appreciated.
All in all, the mall was busy but not hectic-crazy-trampling-busy when I visited it at 10 a.m. or so on Friday, and everyone I spoke with was very nice and polite–none of the negative behavior people often associate with the day.
I love Mr. Gruebele’s shoes in the above photo. I didn’t notice them at the time, but the laces are awesome, and they are exactly the right kind of shoes to wear for shopping, too. The guys looked a bit worn out, but I think they were having fun chatting with each other.
I took a lot of pictures, as I wasn’t sure whether they’d be needed, and a few of them were used in the paper, but as usual, I had some extra ones, as well as some mediocre ones that I didn’t really like but may be of interest.
There were a lot of Black Friday sale signs at the Mall.
The above photo was another quasi-failed attempt to show that Black Friday kicks off the Christmas season. It didn’t get used, probably because it makes the mall look like a barren wasteland.
Which it wasn’t–there were a lot of people there. You can see a few of them in the distance, and there were a bunch more behind me. I just took the picture at the wrong time, unfortunately.
If it weren’t for work, I’d never get within a mile of a mall on Black Friday. I just don’t like shopping–normally clothes shopping in particular makes me radiate misery like the corium under Chernobyl gives off radioactivity.
That said, the mall and the other businesses in Jamestown that I visited on Black Friday were actually quite pleasant. Busy, yes, but cheerful.