Today is significant in a number of ways. It's leftovers-day in the U.S.; it's so-called "Black (?) Friday," allegedly the #1 retail shopping day of the year but actually not—generally it ranks 5th or 6th or so, most of the days in the week right before Christmas beating it; and it's the official start of Christmas-Music Season, an annual blight upon my existence. I don't know why retailers think playing Christmas music nonstop will put anyone in the mood to part with cash, unless they simply want to drive them mercilessly to finish up, pay, and leave, vacating the aisles for the next throng. It's not that I have anything against Christmas music, in principle; it's just that I prefer to listen to it sparingly, when I choose to. I won't go into a Menards because of that horrible jingle they inflict upon their customers at water-torture intervals, and I have gotten so leery of the gratuitous assault of Christmas music that venturing into chain stores over the next month takes on the character of high-stepping through a minefield, not that I should make light of minefields, a tragic problem in many parts of the world. Anyway, I even stay out of bookstores in December, and it takes a lot to keep me out of bookstores.
Oh, and today is our birthday—we are three. The Online Photographer first booted up on November 28th, 2005. This is the 2,242nd post since then, and we have averaged just about 10 comments per post over that time and received some 13,054,835 visits not counting today's.
All that, and we're apparently not done yet.
Featured Comment by Dave Kee: "Congrats! I haven't read all 2,242 posts yet, but I am up to May, 2008. I can't wait to find out who our new president will be."