Not only did I not participate in the insanity, I slept until noon. Haven’t done that in years. Felt good.
Can’t wait to see the news reports tonight of people getting trampled in stores trying to get 20% off on a toy. Nothing says Happy Holidays like a few broken bones.
So, I’m watching TV tonight and a commercial for JCPenny comes on. They do their whole "shop with us on Friday for killer deals on all kinds of stuff you think you need to buy" and wrap up by announcing that they’re opening their doors at FOUR IN THE MORNING.
When the hell did this start happening? Seriously, four in the morning? Who’s going to wake up in the middle of the night, get dressed, and… oh. Right. We’re Americans. JCPenny will have a line outside the door, as will Khol’s, which also opens at 4am. Year after year, the holiday shopping season gets more and more out of control. I know this is not news. I know I’m not original in saying this, and I know that I’m not the only blogger writing about this. But I’m writing anyway.
The first sign of Christmas that I saw this year was at my local Lowe’s. They were fully decked out with Christmas trees and decorations the first week of October. They completely skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and went straight to Christmas. A couple of days later, I was at the mall and saw that Macy’s was putting up their Christmas displays. I don’t mean that they had a few holiday items in the jewelry department, I mean they had a full-on display that took up the entire front of the store.
Look, there’s not much to say about this that hasn’t been said. People that participate in this insanity need to have their heads examined. I’m not religious and I’m not taking the "bring back the true meaning of Christmas" angle. I like the commercialism of the holiday. It’s just more than a little ridiculous these days. Tomorrow? I’ll be staying home.
How long as iTunes been around? Rhapsody? Napster? I don’t know why it took so long to get the Led Zeppelin catalog online, and I don’t care. It’s finally available!
My music source of choice is usually Rhapsody, but they’re missing a couple of albums – you can’t download Led Zeppeln IV or The Song Remains the Same and that’s just ridiculous. Not only does iTunes have the complete catalog, including the new Mothership set, they offer the entire catalog for one low price of $99.99:
- Led Zeppelin
- Led Zeppelin II
- Led Zeppelin III
- Led Zeppelin IV
- Houses of the Holy
- Physical Graffiti
- The Song Remains the Same
- In Through the Out Door
- How the West Was Won
- BBC Sessions
That’s thirteen Led Zeppelin downloads for a hundred bucks, that’s under eight dollars each. Considering that Physical Graffiti, The Song Remains the Same, How the West Was Won, BBC Sessions and Mothership are all multi-disc sets, you really can’t beat this price. It’s a grand total of 165 tracks at $0.60 each!