I can’t remember who I was with or where I was, but roughly four years ago I remember overhearing a conversation about plans for Thanksgiving. Normally, you would think this would just be a discussion about who is coming over, what is everyone bringing, and when will dinner be served.
Instead, the entire conversation was about shopping…on Thanksgiving Day. It was impressive too; each participant had a designated location, a target, a contingency plan, and an exit strategy. It sounded like a strategic battle plan to overthrow the evils of regularly priced retail items.
Thinking back to my days in high school history class, I faintly remember stories of great empires that were able to conquer new lands and expand their impact on the world until some form of self-destruction would inevitably lead to their downfall. (more…)