I've been un-grounded for Black Friday. Yes.
Last year was my first Black Friday. My best friend slept over. We got up at 4 and went to REI. We got there about 4:30 and realized there wasn't another soul in sight. So we stopped by Target, felt disappointed, and went back to stake our claim at REI.
A little before 6, other cars started pulling into the parking lot. There were only a hand full of us, and we had an unspoken vow to stay in our cars as long as we possibly could. Then some dumbass car pulled up and it's passengers got out. So we all had to get out and wait in the cold for an hour and a half. Luckily, we had blankets.
There was a tent pitched outside the doors. We all assumed it was a sample tent, because, after all, it was REI. So we were fairly shocked when it started to move. Someone screamed. And soon enough, a couple people emerged. REI Black Friday campers. All of us had a good laugh about that.
The doors finally opened, I got my gift card, and bought myself a parka at a great price.
Today we're going to REI again. I love Black Friday. I love being young and enjoying Black Friday.