back in black

black friday
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Except if you’re in the UK, in which case ‘Happy Last Thursday’. Or Canada, in which case ‘Belated Happy Thanksgiving’. Or everywhere else. Anyway, it’s the most turkey-ful time of the year, and why not. I love thanksgiving, for the food. The autumnal colours are always nice as well.

But the next day is Black Friday. Black, because of the mood after spending hours locked into the consumerist nightmare that is big box america, home of the all-you-can-spend strip-mall. Black Friday sounds rather like a good pirate’s name, “yarrr, Captain Black Friday, shiver me timbers.” In a way though, Black Friday is the captain, that is supposed to steer the ship of the economy back on course (but you wouldn’t trust ‘im, an’ he’s only got one leg, etc etc). Not for me the 4:30 lining up in the freezing darkness outside Best Buy – I did that two years ago as an experiment, and have no need to do so again. I popped down to the action zone later on in the day though, to see for myself the economy rumbling back into gear, and spent hours stuck there in the maelstrom (or the toy department of Target at least), coming away with not a clue and no bargains at all. I did stop to draw Best Buy though. Looks very peaceful, doesn’t it.

Speaking of autumnal colours, the day before Thanksgiving we actually had some rain in Davis. Weather.com said there was a Severe Weather Warning for the Sacramento Valley. Severe weather. Shit. I looked, and they said there would be Some Rain, 30-40% chance. Some rain. Well, I braved the severe weather and got a tiny bit damp, 30 or 40% damp on my jacket at least, dodging brown leaves as they fluttered gently to the puddle-spotted pavement, and drew the picture below. Severe weather, seriously.
il pleut

By the way, I posted both of these drawings on Urban Sketchers this week. Good reminder for you to go and check that site out; it’s nearly a month old, with hundreds of urban drawings already.

3 thoughts on “back in black

  1. Gerald says:

    Great Black Friday story and sketches Pete. I drove by Best Buy around midnight and only noticed a handful of people in line with 3-4 pitched tents. Like you mentioned, nothing like the previous 2 years.

    I didn’t get to do any door buster shopping on Friday…I had to work. But I guess that was a good thing, right? My friends didn’t really find any great sales/deals. So I guess we didn’t really miss out :D Although the sad news was the stampede at the East Coast Walmart.

  2. Seana says:

    Ooooh, De Luna jewlers is still there? A boy bought me a ring there once, but I turned him down and made him return it. At least I hope he returned it…Nice to know the jewlers is still there though! I love the sketch of the corner. The colors are brilliant, being all autumnal and cozy looking. I’m thinking of asking Santa for some REAL rain. Good proper rain like you get in England. Wouldn’t that be lovely?

  3. petescully says:

    cheers! Yep, de luna is still there, that’s a funny story seana! And you don’t want rain like you get in england. It’s not actually that heavy, just perpetually drizzly and gloomy. You get heavier rain here in the winter. I’d like to see Santa try though…

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