Black Friday


Did anyone go to the Black Friday sales? Did you find any great bargains? If not, what are you doing today?

I did not go shopping. Black Friday is always just too crazy. I’m still at my parents’ house. My sister’s family could not make it to our Thanksgiving because she went with her husband to his family’s Thanksgiving. Since my sister was unable to make it yesterday, they are coming today to have lunch. I was ordered to stay because my five-year-old niece has insisted on throwing me a birthday party. So we will eat Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch, and then have cake and ice cream as a family celebration. You see, living in Alabama, a celebration could not take place on Saturday. This Saturday is one of the most important days for any Alabamian. It’s the day of the Alabama vs. Auburn football game. For many Alabamians, this is more important than the Super Bowl. Honestly, I really don’t care who wins this year. Auburn is #4 and Alabama is #1 in the polls. Whichever wins will go to the SEC Championship game. If it is Alabama, it will be almost assuredly another step toward another National Championship; however, if Auburn wins, it is a possibility that they could jump to #2 in the polls and be poised for a National Championship. Either way, a school from the state of Alabama is likely to be in the National Championship game for a fifth straight year. Anyway, in Alabama, you can’t plan anything before or during the game. Plans after the game are likely to be determined by whether or not you’re celebrating your teams victory or mourning its loss.

With rivalry weekend in full swing, what football teams will you be pulling for?

I won’t care either way about Alabama or Auburn. I am most loyal to the football team at my graduate school. Saturday is our last chance of the season to win our first game in two years. Our storied football program has suffered mightily these last two years. I refuse to give up hope on my beloved, but downtrodden, team. SMTTP!

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

7 responses to “Black Friday

  • Luke

    Hmm. As for football teams, I choose the one for whom you’re rooting. As for today being busy, tell me about it … it’s crazy in Paris, with security alerts shutting down entire boulevards and subway lines, and I’m on my way now to a pre-dinner drink-o-rama. I liked this post … it makes you seem imbedded in a cool family. I know nothing about Alabama (except where it is and how to spell it). So hello to your mom for me, she seems nice 😉

    • closetprofessor

      Luke, Alabama is a beautiful place, and you should come visit. I think you’d like it, and hopefully, enjoy some time with a certain “Professor in the Closet.” For the most part I do have a pretty cool family. Have fun with your drink-a-rama. 😉

      • Luke

        Still in the midst of it … just about to (yes) start dinner … which means we’ll finish about 1:00 or 2:00. Ah, France. This boy does like his bed. By way of transition, you’re very handsome. I believe I’ve said that before … cheesy booze-up night and all.

      • closetprofessor

        Ah, thank you! You’re quite handsome too, and I hope you enjoy your dinner. I think though I’d rather you be in my bed than yours. I’m feeling a little devilish today. 🙂

      • Luke

        How he does torment me my Joe! Yes, I’d like to be there as well (and never leave) .. well, okay, we can leave the bed, but only for necessary breaks … like work 😉

  • louisamayalcatt

    We did not go shopping today. Today is my birthday and my pub was born on black friday (It wasn’t called Black Friday then) more than 50 years ago. That means we all shared a birthday this week. We hope you had a happy one, xo LMA

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