I myself am from Chicago, and I just want to tell you to stop trying to represent Chicago. Those deep-dish, Chicago hot dog, Cubs and Bears loving purists are the worst. And no I'm not saying deep-dish or Chicago hot dogs are bad, I love them as well, but don't have dumb arguments defending deep-dish just because you're from Chicago.
I know there's the HD-PVR, Elgato and some new Roxio thing out, but most info seems mixed. Sony are jerks so PS3 is harder to stream HD content (or something like that?) so I'm not sure what to go with. If there's an upcoming product you think will be good then I'll wait for it, it's not a must-have right now as I'm mostly busy anyway. My goal is just to stream for now on Twitch.TV, but perhaps capture in the future when I get an external HDD and more money.
If someone really cared about not working Black Friday or Thanksgiving then they have ample time to have put in a request to get those days off months ahead of time.
You must not have ever worked retail.
Edit: Since you edited that you work at Target, I still retain my statement for the meaning of it and not the literalness of it. It's near-impossible for people in retail to just take days off even given the advance notice. Retailers even ask if you can work weekends/holidays, as you probably know. Someone who gets a job in retail can't just expect to take days off whenever they want just because they plan ahead.