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A Man's Guide to Black Friday

By John Wilmhoff
On November 1, 2011

Now that it's November, it's time to put away those Halloween costumes and start looking forward to the rest of the holiday season. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas songs will be a regular fixture on the radio before you know it. While men typically spend their Thanksgiving weekend on the couch watching football, women

look forward to going shopping

on Thanksgiving weekend. I hear they call it "Black Friday."

I personally

have never tried this "Black Friday" or had any desire

to try it. It has been explained

to me as the concept of getting out of bed at four or five in the morning on the day after Thanksgiving. That sounds like the last thing I would possibly want to do at those hours of the morning on a day of my holiday weekend, but I digress.

I suppose there are men out there who are dragged out by the women in their lives to go through something as terrible

as this, so I've made it my duty to put together a men's survival guide to Black Friday shopping. As long as you follow

this guide and go to these stores, you won't lose any man points—and you can actually come away with some pretty cool stuff for some pretty cheap prices.

The 2011 Black Friday ads are not released yet; however, I've put together a list of some of the best manly products that were on-sale in 2010 from stores such as Dick's Sporting Goods, Tractor Supply Co., The Sports Authority, Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Dunham's Sports, Jos. A. Bank and Game Stop. Hopefully a few of these stores will be in a shopping mall near your hometown this year.

Once you get to the mall, your girlfriend or lady friend will likely drag you into some place like Macy's or JC Penny's; or perhaps, the dreaded Charming Charlie's or Bed, Bath and Beyond.

At this point, you must make a run for it. Trust me, you never want to get stuck in the "Beyond" section of Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You will never find your way out. To make your escape, let her know that you want to "get something

for her." She'll think it's sweet and let you venture off by yourself to get her a "surprise."

This, of course, is just an excuse to get away.

At this point, it's time to look for the best golf clubs, weight sets, video games, clothes, dart boards, fishing rods, punching bags, plasma TV's and remote control John Deere vehicles you can find. Scattered around this page are the best of the best items for men I could find from 2010 with last year's Black Friday prices. I've also included

that gift that you promised your girlfriend, which is a very stylish fleece pullover featuring the Bass Pro Shops logo. What else could a girl ever want?

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