The Wine Curmudgeon would never ask his employees to do something he wouldn’t do himself. Since I’m not working over the Thanskgiving weekend, neither will the marketing or shipping departments. Which, of course, are me.
The rest of the retail world may not understand that there are more important things besides making money, but I do. That huge, multi-billion dollar companies are requiring employees to work on Thanksgiving so they can sell an extra video game or pair of blue jeans, and that the employees will work on Thanksgiving without a fuss because too many need the overtime, speaks to what’s wrong with American business. The pursuit of stuff doesn’t benefit anyone.
So buy as many books as you want over Black Friday weekend, secure in the knowledge that they won’t be shipped until Monday. Instead, I will be eating turkey, drinking great wine, devising creative ways to make use of Thanksgiving leftovers, and feeling damned sorry for everyone who isn’t as lucky as I am.