November 22, 2012

Off Beat: It's a jungle out there on Black Friday, so be ready

Tips on how to survive shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.

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Well, holiday shopping is no different. Here are some ways to keep the mind and body occupied at all times:

Play "Celebrity Look-Alikes" in your head. When I see someone I think looks like a celebrity, I announce him or her. (In my head, not out loud. I don't want to look crazy.) So if I see a man in his 40s with a clean--shaven head and glasses, I'd think to myself, "Ladies and gentlemen, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is joining us at the mall today."

Try it before you knock it.

Scope out the cash registers. This is practical, and keeps you active. If you go into a big store where there isn't one clear cash--out area, like Sears or JCPenney, scope out all the cash registers before you buy. There is always one hidden behind the men's hosiery or some other out--of--the--way section. Once you have gathered your items, head straight for that register, and it will probably not be as crowded as the others.

Try out stuff you don't need. While most people will be looking for gifts on a list, you can keep yourself loose by trying one of those massage chairs they always have at the mall. Or wrap yourself in one of those blankets with arms -- because nobody will notice you among the crowds, and you would never do something like that if you weren't being forced to be at the mall all day.

Best yet, if you're at the Maine Mall, ride the carousel. Just to remind yourself what the holidays are supposed to be about -- joy.

If he survives Black Friday, Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791--6454 or at:

rrouthier@pressherald.com

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