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Black Thursday: Consumerism Goes Too Far

I get it. Really, I do. Black Friday is a time for companies to put on crazy sales and get out of whatever financial deficit they have before the new year. I also understand that there are professional Black Friday shoppers who save five million dollars doing all their Christmas shopping this one day. But this year, Black Friday has gone too far.

The only Black Friday I actively participated in was Circuit City about seven years ago. They opened at 5am and my Dad and I got their around 4am. There were already over 400 people in line ahead of us (I know because they counted us as we entered the store and I was 450-something).

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Trust is Essential

Trust is hard to come by, and it seems that as our society grows increasingly non-personal due to technology, we're becoming less trusting. After all, I trust my iPhone to turn on every time I hit the Home button, and 99 times out of 100 it works just as I expect. A much better track record than most people.

The problem is, in a staff, business or even family setting, trust is necessary for proper function. You need to trust that your employees will get their job done. You need to trust your spouse to pick up the kids from school, and you need to trust the Pastor of a church to be studying for Sunday.

But no one is perfect, and trust will be breached at some point. Hopefully it will be a mild infraction, but other times it could be more significant, with a long road to recovery. Regardless of it's depth, any breach of trust must be overcome. 

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The Grocery List App You Need

​I rarely get excited over another app that manages lists and tasks, but this one serves a single purpose extremely well. AnyList for iPhone is simply the best app for making a grocery list and sharing it with your roommate, spouse, etc.

You have the ability to create multiple "Lists," (my wife and I have a separate list for each store, i.e. Publix, Chamberlins) and each list will organize the items by category. AnyList automatically separates items into categories, and usually does a fair job. Things like milk and yogurt will be placed in the "Dairy" category. You can always manually switch an item to a category as well.​

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We Just Had a Baby

Asher Benjamin Robles. 9lbs 7oz, 22 1/4″ long. Whitney was induced at 9:30pm and we had our second son at 6:42am. We’re doing great, everyone’s healthy and we officially now have “kids”. Plural. You may not see as many posts over the next week or so, but rest assured, I’ll be back with a vengeance. I’m sure having two children will give me infinite illustrations and life lessons. And, infinitely less sleep.

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