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November 9, 2013

DODD: It’s nifty to give $50

Now that Halloween is out of the way and a couple of radio stations are playing 24-7 Christmas music — yep, that’s way too early — I guess I can revisit a bit of Christmas planning.

I see that some stores have started the 50 percent off deals early as well. I am one who thinks we need to do away with the Black Friday nonsense before we start having deaths from the fracas that occurs when you let a mob of people race to buy one $4,500 television for $300.

Hey, it’s not just the $300 television; rather, it’s the human nature of the sport and the natural occurrence of mob violence that happens during undisciplined open season. It’s Pavlovian theory taken to the extreme, but when the dogs don’t all get rewarded, they turn and attack each other.

I am trying to get into the spirit of the season and will again address my $50 for 50 ideas. The plan is that simple. I am looking for 50 people willing to join me in giving a complete stranger $50 for no other reason than the spirit of giving. I had some response from the earlier column mention and figured I would extend an invitation to join us once again.

Simply send an email to the address listed at the end of this column and I will be sending out the final details in a private folder e-mail list. I don’t think it’s wise to give out the place and times publicly for the same reason I don’t support Black Friday.

For those who will and those who have already responded, look for an e-mail to give more information in the next couple of weeks. We have picked our date and a backup date in case there are scheduling conflicts. More details will be forthcoming.

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