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  1. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Open thread!! I felt like that hamster last night during dinner. I cooked for four hours! That doesn’t even count the prep work I did the night before. I made pies, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and gravy for the turkey. It was a lot of effort, but it was delicious! I can’t wait for dinner tonight so we can eat a ton of leftovers.

    • blogger X says:

      Ah yes, leftovers! I’ll be eating them this weekend :)

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I made two cheesecakes, a lemon-white chocolate and a amaretto. Took my like 7 hours all together, not counting chasing cats from the cooling goodies on the counter. Sadly, the lemon-white chocolate, which looked horrible and was confused for pumpkin pie at first, was teh better. Besides the cracks, I also didn’t melt the chips correctly, and let them become a putty instead of a liquid, so they didn’t incorporate. Glad to hear your cooking went better.

  2. blogger X says:

    Open thread is early! Did anybody sleep outside stores trying to get some doorbuster deal?

    • theblackdog says:

      I didn’t. I knew the item I wanted to hit the early sale for was very likely to be there, and the store in question is out of the way of the main path, so I waltzed in 15 minutes after opening (6:15) bought it, and got out of there with no problem at all :-D

    • zimmi88 says:

      Nope, but I was browsing around on Amazon for a bit last night. Didn’t find anything really interesting, though.

  3. h3llc4t, breaker of office dress codes says:

    My future father-in-law gave us less than 24 hours notice that he would be arriving in Ohio and visiting us.
    I’ve never met him before. And my fiance’s family has notoriously disliked every woman that he’s dated except for his first girlfriend. But hey, no pressure, right? I erupted into a cleaning frenzy for more than 3 hours straight after getting that news at 10 o’clock last night. Now I get to go work Black Friday until 11PM, only to arrive home to meet a man who will most likely have fonder feelings towards the cats than he will towards me. Hooray!

    Also, I caved and got a Twitter account, @rivetnerd.

  4. G.O.B.: Come on! says:

    Pay-day today and only ~$12 of that was spent on buying something today. The gift-card I got from work handled the rest. :P

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Today is the official start of Christmas shopping, and there are some awesome deals to be had. I just did a ton of shopping on Amazon and used the certificate I got from Coinstar when I dumped a ton of coins into the machine. I’m feeling pretty satisfied with myself!

  5. CompyPaq says:

    I know its supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year, but I haven’t noticed anything I’m looking for for an especially good price.

    Anyone see good prices on Macbook RAM upgrade or external HD?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      It depends on how much RAM you want… I mean, the prices are so low that I can’t see the discounts being that great. I bought RAM for my Macbook a few months ago, and it was $25, so how much of a discount would you really even see? I bought mine off NewEgg.

      • CompyPaq says:

        I am looking for an upgrade from 2GB to 4GB on an October 2008 Macbook, so it needs DDR3. I’ll check newegg again but I don’t recall it being much lower than $100.

  6. juri squared says:

    Should I go to IKEA tonight to look for a couch? I don’t even want the one that’s on sale. Am I insane?

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      No, if it’s what you can afford, go for it. Some Ikea couches are really comfy. And if you have kids and/or pets, you probably don’t want to spend $800 for a couch anyway. And I doubt Ikea is going to be black friday crazy.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      if you haven’t been in a while, i went last weekend and their prices on a lot of furniture are now lower by around 10-15% from when i went in the spring. they claim lowered production costs for the new lower, regular prices.

  7. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    just got back from Black Friday…
    left the house at 10am, no real problems…
    i got a new usb/jump/thumb/flash drive… 8gb for $13 @ staples, and new pants… 2 pair for $30 @ old navy

  8. Ratty says:

    Today is a very blah day, and I really can hardly wait for my vacation in April up to Canada to visit family and friends. I was just up there in August, but I’ve recently really connected with a friend and we’re going to terrorize the town together for a few days. It should be fantastic. Figures I don’t hear from them until 2 weeks after I got back last time! :P

    Oh, and the co-worker I mentioned that ate all the time? Well, now he smells like death ALL THE TIME. Or more accurately, like someone who can’t clean a litterbox, shampoo, or do laundry. The line of filth under his nails makes me nauseous. It’s obscenely nasty.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      You can probably discuss it with HR and that way, when they say something to him, it won’t go back to you. People with personal hygiene problems contribute to a hazardous work environment. Someone has to talk to him about it. It seems mean, but if he’s not showering, chances are, he’s not using tissues when he sneezes and he’s not washing his hands, either. He’s spreading germs.

      • Ratty says:

        Oh, I know it’s a health issue. I’ve talked with my boss. Someone who can’t clean their goddamned fingernails and who smears food crumbs everywhere is not someone practicing basic germ-killing cleanliness.

        I think he has been talked to as he stopped eating constantly, but he still absolutely reeks.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        …Ew.. I hope someone with the right power tells him something that will compell him to do better. That’s just nasty.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      ugh. i eat all the time at work, because my stomach problems mean i need to eat several tiny meals a day. but i make sure not to eat smelly food at work to keep from avoiding offense [especially since i sit between two vegetarians]
      plus i bathe and wash my clothes and change the litterboxes so my cats won’t pee on my clothes.

      that sounds like a super gross situation at your work.

  9. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    Consumerist finally got me to buy something in my first Woot!Off last week, so that was pretty exciting. Got a little netbook.

    Enjoying our Thanksgiving but the baby has given up sleeping, so I’m a little zonked and it ain’t from the wine.

    I’m slightly more than half-done with Christmas shopping. Have 1 1/2 brothers, my mom, and my dad to go. (Finished with 1/2 brother, sister, grandparents, in-laws, husband, and baby, although the baby needs a few stocking stuffers.)

    I need some stuff to read, Consumerist. Give me some ideas! I like sci fi/fantasy, science for laymen (Wolf in the Parlor, Botany of Desire, etc.), history, YA novels … well, really, I can get behind most anything, but that’s what I’ve been in the mood for lately.

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      Also, we’re at my parents’, my parents have cable, and my husband is glued to the 3 zillion options on the TV. Yet another reason we don’t have cable.

    • Ratty says:

      If you’ve never done Ender’s Game I’d reeeeeally suggest it. Great Sci-fi book, sometimes considered YA, but the morality play of it is pretty adult.

      And if not I really liked the Pratchett/Gaiman collaborative novel Good Omens.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Ooh, books are my specialty.

      My suggestions:

      Any Given Day by Dennis Lehane (fiction – but ooh, baseball, racial tensions, Boston riots!)
      The First Family by Mike Dash (nonfiction – it’s about the rise of the American mafia!)
      The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten (fooooooood…must…have…)

      Whatever you do, don’t read The Lost Symbol. It’s a snoozefest. And very, very slooooow.

    • Dustbunny says:

      Ooh…if you haven’t yet read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,I highly recommend it. It’s sort of a mashup of fantasy/alternate history, a little Jane Austen mixed w/some Charles Dickens.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        @Ratty, I’d have to get rid of my geek cred if I hadn’t read Ender’s Game years ago!

        @Dustbunny, really enjoyed it!

        @Pecan Pi, Those are new to me, will have to check them out!

        There should be some kind of online service where you can put in what books you like and it’ll tell you what’s just come out like it. Is there that?

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          I tend to use Amazon and Barnes and Noble for that. I find that when I look at a book on Amazon, the suggestions are pretty dead on.

          Other than that, What Should I Read Next isn’t bad, and Library Thing is okay too. I tend to mostly use Amazon so I don’t have to switch to a different tab to check prices.

          You could also look at what notable authors are giving a particular book praise. I think inside Any Given Day, there are authors like Michael Connelly and George Pelecanos, both of whom are also crime novelists and are very good.

          Oh, I also recommend George Pelecanos! “Right as Rain” is a fantastic book.

          Another Dennis Lehane book I love is Coronado. He wrote it as a play. It’s a really moving story.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

 lets you make a booklist and make ‘friends’ who can recommend books for you based on other stuff you’ve read that they also read.
          also an excellent way to check out what a book is about by other readers’ ratings and reviews
          and keep track of what you have read

        • Dustbunny says:

          Ok,how about some Tim Powers? The Stress of Her Regard (which will be filmed as the next Pirates of the Carribean movie) or The Annubis Gates — one of the most entertaining fantasy novels EVER. It’s got time travel, zombies, mutants living in the sewers of London, 2000 year old Egyptian sorcerers (who control the aforementioned zombies), Jack the Ripper…did I mention the sewer mutants?

    • subtlefrog says:

      Well, of course there is all the Douglas Adams, but I hope with your geek cred you’ve read it all.

      If you like popular science, EO Wilson’s Diversity of Life is a beautiful book, and random: I’m reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle now (about gardening!).

      Other total random recommendation: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. So moving I can’t describe it – AMAZING. Truly amazing.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        Reading Lolita and Animal, Vegetable are both on my list but I’m not familiar with the EO Wilson book! I’ll check it out!

  10. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    OK, so I am done with my shopping, and am at work and just finished prepping the bumper stickers I am sending out.

    So how did my shopping go? Well, I had like 6 hard core NEEDS: House Season 4 DVD at Target, Zack and Miri Make a Porno at Best Buy, CD Jewel Cases and Skull Candy Ink’d headphones from Staples, and programmable timers and plastic shoe box sized storage boxes from Home Depot. There were also 2 WANTS: a 21.5″ LCD monitor from Staples for $89 and fleece PJ pants from Target.

    I got all my needs with barely any problem. I did have to make the clerk get more jewel cases at Staples, and I spent an extra 20-30 minutes at Best Buy turning off the wall of TV’s with my TV-B-Gone, much to the frustration of the blue shirts.

    I decided against the monitor, even though it would be sweet, because I have one at work I bought, and will come with me when I leave. I did spend $99 for it and it’s 19 inches, but so is the Sharp LCD TV I have for a monitor, and I thought two different sized LCD’s would look dumb. Besides, I would have the TV, but nowhere to set it up. I did find two pairs of the fleece pants at Target(in a return cart. They had sold out by 8:30am) one L and one M. Can’t wait to go home tonight and try them on and be toasty. I also picked up a pair of earbuds at Target for 4.99(I use my earbuds outside when I go for walks and when working on the farm, and all the drops bumps tend to kill them quick. So I got 2 of the 9.99 Ink’d from Staples and a 4.99 pair, so 3 pairs of earbuds for $25.)

    All and all, not that bad. Even RoofCoffeeCup had a great time, although one person called him an idiot…

    • gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

      “Zack and Miri Make a Porno at Best Buy” – product placement has reached new levels.
      or should i make a joke about how Best Buy is just screwing the customer?

  11. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    you know it’s going to be an interesting day when the first thought in your head after waking up is “where is the REST of the dead bird?”
    when my cat woke me at 6 am by attacking the window because she saw a bird on the other side, it was apparently a poor choice of words for me to say ‘damnit, you have a cat door. go outside if you want to kill things’

    now to break my moratorium on not going to retail stores on black friday because the foster kittens a ride from the petsmart adoptathon

  12. zimmi88 says:

    Yayz Open Thread. I wanted to drop in and ask if anyone else is having any issues with the RSS feed… mainly the RSS feed has no pictures. Seriously, life is simply incomplete without cat pictures to accompany Consumerist posts. T_T

  13. dragonfire81 says:

    At a thrift store last week, I saw the following policies listed on a sign and I was wondering how enforceable they are and if any were potentially illegal.

    – Shoplifters will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, then never allowed to shop here again
    – Oversize purses are not permitted in this store
    – Persons suspected of concealing items are subject to being searched
    – All packages brought in to store must be left at service desk

    The third one is what stood out to me. Can they really search your person if they only suspect you’ve taken something and not actually seen you do it?

  14. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    It looks like maybe this login/password is going to stick. I can’t say I’m impressed with how the changeover went – not because of the problems, but because of the lack of transparency. e.g. a post was left up all day telling us how to use the “forgot password” link, and only later was it revealed that the password reset emails had been suspended for most of the day. The inbox for the email associated here received 7 emails within a 35 minute period on Wednesday, 5 password resets bracketed by 1 “please update your account” on either end. ‘course none of those worked

    Stuff like that would probably get posted as an article if it was done by “Large Company Z”, but after the late Tuesday updates we got nothing.

    Oh yes, Emporer, sir, those new clothes sure are spiffy.

  15. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    i am recovering from an attack of the kyoots and i wanted to post kitten pics but i couldn’t get it to work
    so go here for pictures of the 16 week old feral kittens my sister is fostering. the mama kitty has never been in a house before so she’s giving very dirty looks

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      The Fuzz! The FUZZ! I’m melting!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        it gets worse, i just finished uploading the videos to the same set. in one of them you can hear the kittens purring as they nurse

    • Dustbunny says:

      I can haz kyoot kittehs? I can feel my cold cold heart melting. I hate when that happens :P

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      oops! i meant to say 16 DAY old kittens. although they are 18 days old as i type this

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      Too bad you have comments restricted. The fourth tuxedo baby shot is crying out for “I like to sing-a, about the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a”.

  16. senior chick says:

    I want to tell you about my experience at Best Buy. They have a Samsung tv set on sale today(Sunday) and tomorrow for $1629. We are seniors and my husband is not in the best of health–he carries an oxygen tank with him.

    When we arrived at the store this afternoon, we did see our set, but guess what? Only 2 salespeople. I have noticed this consistently at Best Buy. They either don’t have enough, or some are too specialized.

    We didn’t have time to wait and walked out. No one asked us if we needed help or said anything when we did leave. I believe that we will buy our set online at another website, or at a store that at least has more help. It’s only common sense to put more people at the high priced items, and if the sales people “pre judged” us because of our age, or disability, they need to learn not to judge by appearances.

    Circuit City began going downhill when they cut down on their sales people, and if Best Buy doesn’t watch it, they will have the same end.