"I think I'll pop out and buy a pair of jeans."
I goggled at this remark. Not that buying a pair of jeans is a very remarkable thing for a person to do on an autumn afternoon. But on Black Friday, the day on which bargain-maddened multitudes were seething about, spraying mace at security guards and savaging each other to get at the goodies?
"You must be nuts," I said, tactfully.
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