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Blog: OMG it's early - the Black Friday experience

OK, there's something wrong with me. I said I would not get up before 5 a.m. I could not sleep past 3:30.

My mission: the cheapest, best laptop in the tri-city area.

The store that has my bargain - Office Max - opens at 7 a.m. (I got here at 4:35.)

My heart sank when I saw the parking lot, but my spirits buoyed when I realized everyone - more than 100 - was here early for Target; the lot was teeming with activity.

Me ... I am first in line, drinking my coffee and writing this blog entry.

It's 19 degrees out here, according to my truck's thermometer; luckily, no wind. Quite different than the miserable overnighter I experienced three or so years ago in line at Best Buy.

My wife is off to points east for other deals, and our daughter said she'll be up by 5 or so.

When did you get up for Black Friday - or were you a 'smart one' and shopped online?

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