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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Black Friday rush

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Black Friday rush


They waited outside since 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on a cold day, eating their turkey a day early to be the first in line at Wilton's Best Buy, but for David and Eric Chung it was worth it.

The Saratoga brothers wanted to be the first in line to purchase two of the doorbuster specials at the electronics retailer.

I took time out of my Thanksgiving to talk to the group, adding
a story and a a video about the first arrivals.

Throughout the night and early morning they were joined by hundreds of busy shoppers, joining the line that stretched around the building.

After a joyus dinner with our friends up her, another losing round of poker with my godsons too, it was back to Best Buy at 4 a.m. for the opening.

More pictures, a grateful entry into the store to warm up and wait for the crowd to charge.

Fortunately for myself and the shoppers, everyone was orderly, happy and no other drama played out, unlike the tragedy at Wal-Mart on Long Island where an employee was trampled.

The shoppers entered, I took more pictures and then did some shopping of my own, picking up a much-wanted GPS for my godson, Kyle, that was part of the doorbuster bargins.

Within a few minutes and a few turns through the makeshift checkout aisles through the videos, I was on my way.

Not home, Reda was dropped off at Kohl's for their 4 a.m. opening. She made it to the most important doorbuster of the day for us, down comforters, any size for $34.99.

That along with presents for our families and our cats, a new pillow blanket for $14.99, completed our early morning shoppping.

I treated my bride to a tasty breakfast at Compton's on Broadway, a new stop for us, uploaded the video and photos at The Saratogian and then made our way home.

The comforter never even had a chance of making it under the Christmas tree, it went right on the bed and us underneath it for a well deserved post-shopping nap...along with all three cats, we settled in for a long winter nap (or at least a few hours).

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