The last three months of each year follows the same pattern.  Trick or Treat, Stuffed Turkey, and then Santa Claus.  A crescendo of gluttony beckons and then drowns us in a boat of commercial gravy. 


Today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer was a brick of an edition, stuffed with no fewer than thirty retail circulars beckoning us to the malls of America to feast yet one more time, starting at 5 am sharp, SCT, Sam’s Club Time.  Thankful, but hopefully not content, we’re urged to splurge. 


Tomorrow will be a shortened trading day on Wall Street.  All eyes will be focused on the going’s on of Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year.   We’ll want to know, is the consumer healthy? 


Or are we just stuffed?