When the sun rose this morning at 6:58 a.m., it shed its light on one of the weirdest American traditions around: millions of people scrambling for discount deals at big box stores. In Denver, this eerie sight was visible from Target and Best Buy to Bass Pro, Kohl's and Kmart.
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And while Black Friday may be fun for shoppers with thick skins, lots of coffee and fat pocketbooks (it may be cheaper than usual, but a flat-screen TV still ain't free), it isn't for the employees who work at the stores or for the miserable news reporters who have to cover it.
I know because I've done my share of Black Friday interviews. For many years as a business reporter, I was dispatched to our consumer cathedrals at 4 a.m. to capture the scene.