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Now Trending on Facebook: Shopping on Thanksgiving?

One of the biggest stories this week on our Facebook page was the debate over whether it’s OK for stores to open on Thanksgiving in preparation for Black Friday.

With stores opening earlier than ever, people are talking about it – and there’s strong feelings on both sides.

(Look, personally, I’ll be shopping either way …. I’m poor and Black Friday is my favorite holiday of the year.)

Here’s what our Facebook friends had to say on this topic, which seems to stir a lot of emotion:

  • Brandi Reinhardt “No, it is not ok. Family is too much forgotten by employers due to greed. While some may be enjoying their Thanksgiving meal, others will be working their tails off for long hours and little pay and they have no choice. All in the name of corporate greed.”
  • Michael Doyne “It’s funny how the same people who say it’s greed that keeps business’ open on the holidays are the same ones who’ll complain when they can’t get something they need on a holiday. Retails job is to make money, if people don’t support them staying open they wouldn’t be. If you don’t like working holidays, find a job that is closed then. If you want to spend time with your family, do so. Nobody is making you go shopping on a holiday.”
  • Jeremy Brooks “Ok I understand about spending time with families on thanksgiving but what about people who like me work in the healthcare field and have to work holidays? Yes it’s my choice to work in that field so I accept the responsibility of working holidays so why can’t retail? I don’t get to spend Christmas morning with my kids because I have to work and you don’t hear me whining about it I do what I have to to earn a paycheck to support my children”
  • Jason Peterman “Ultimately we control the market. If we don’t shop at their stores they will rethink their position next year. If we do shop then it will only get more and more companies on board with the idea. Bottom line is retail is gonna give consumers what they want. Two options are don’t work in retail or don’t shop on holidays if u don’t like it and if u do then go out and spend your pants off or get a job in retail and enjoy the holiday pay!”

What do you think? Is it OK to have stores open on Thanksgiving?

Ka-yaking on the Suquehanna

The view from my kayak.

The view from my kayak.

Last week, I did a first person account of my trip down the Susquehanna for the paper.

It was quite a doozy, and I wanted to share it with you here.

HUMMELS WHARF — Knowing myself, I wasn’t all that surprised that my adventure down the Susquehanna ended early, escorted back to the Shady Nook Boat Launch after losing my lunch on a river island.

I tend to somehow get myself into these conundrums.

But one thing really stands out to me about my ill-fated trip: I really had a good time. And that photographer Rob Inglis and I are much stronger on our right sides than our left.

When we heard about the opportunity to take part in the legislative and media kayak trip down the Susquehanna in a two-person floating vessel, we were ecstatic.

It was my first time in a kayak and the first time in a long time for Rob.

Our fellow kayakers included state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, of Sunbury, who said that if she went overboard, she was taking as many people as possible with her, and Kurt Masser, R-107, of Elysburg, and his son, who just took his bar exam, but told anyone who got injured on the trip to give him a call.

Immediately, the first thing we noticed was that we were pulling hard to the left. Like every 15 seconds or so we would noticeably headed left.

“You can tell we’re both right-handed,” Rob joked.

But we weren’t laughing when we had to make a hard right to go around some rapids and ended up stuck in the shallow water, needing to be rescued by the very helpful and friendly Jim Charles, of the Isle of Que River Guides in Selinsgrove. We were the only people to get stuck, but we kept in good spirits.

As we made it to the first stop, on a rocky river island, I was feeling good. Not too tired, not too hot.

That changed when, as our guides were talking about the river’s history, the sun came out. And I was hot.

That’s when it happened. I lost it — or, more accurately, my stomach contents.

Everyone was so nice about it, giving me water and a snack to calm my stomach. But I was embarrassed.

And that’s when our river adventure ended. Charles took us back in his motorboat and we went back to the office to cool down.

But I swear, I only have fond memories of the trip.

Though maybe next time, I’m making sure that I’m able to take a dip in the river to cool down if need be. Hopefully that will add up to a little more “ka” a little less “yak.”