Thanksgiving. A time when we pause and give thanks for what we have, although in this commercial age the day for many is simply a pause before “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year and a make or break time for retailers.

The rainy, windy weather that swept through our area on Wednesday struck New York for Thanksgiving, giving balloon handlers in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a lot to handle.

Amy and I went to New York for the Macy’s parade in 1991 and watched it from the warmth of a studio on Broadway. It was windy that day as well and we watched the balloon handlers struggle to keep control of the giant props as they headed towards Herald Square.

We stayed over for the Friday afterwards and witnessed the glut of commercialism that is the day after Thanksgiving in Manhattan. It is not something I ever wish to be in the middle of again.

On Friday, the stores in Roanoke and surrounding areas open at 5 a.m. Some people are already camped in store parking lots to be first in line when the doors open.

Three’s a signpost up ahead. Next stop, The Twilight Zone.