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The streets were deserted. Where was everyone? Where had they all gone?

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PostSubject: Please Stop It!   December 10th 2009, 4:26 pm

It is the holiday season and I was wondering what are the things during this time of year that really irritate you most?

Is it the Christmas Music playing in every single store that you walk into? Or is it the traffic that backs up every major city street for the entire month of December?

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PostSubject: Re: Please Stop It!   December 10th 2009, 4:32 pm

Probably a little of both for me. A couple few weeks ain't bad, but it goes on forever, especially here in CA (one reason I'm vacating...).

I also hate the fact that companies and manufacturers use this (supposed) time of giving and togetherness to make a buck. While this is nothing new, I didn't understand it at seven years old as I do now, as an adult haha. Sell, sell, sell. It's disgusting, really! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Please Stop It!   December 10th 2009, 5:04 pm

The commercialism is really disgusting but it is also what makes the world go round, so what can we say.

I have a teenage nephew that works at Kroger and they have been playing it non stop this month and he says it is driving him bananas. I don't know if I could handle Alvin and the Chipmunks all day long. Other than that I have been trying to avoid the holiday extravaganza this year so I have not been really affected by it so far.

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PostSubject: Re: Please Stop It!   December 13th 2009, 12:04 pm

Great Question. Well to be honest I love and hate this time of year. Since I travel a lot, I hate the idea that everyone just wants "Cash"

I also hate the idea that the best gift I can receive on most cases is "Pay Pal" it to me.

But all in all, I would say the "rush" of things that happens around this time. People working harder, more stressed, and things like that. Pretty much makes the whole event a kill joy.

Barring that, I can't get any good Halloween stuff anymore.
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