No rest for the wicked

No rest for the wicked

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I had my fun earlier this weekend, so Labor Day was devoted to labor -- finished painting the bathroom, fought a messy battle with a fetid clog blocking the kitchen sink and cut the grass.

I was still painting the bathroom when I thought of my colleagues at The Gazette who had to work the holiday, as I had often done myself as an editor and later as a reporter. I guess it's encouraging to know that newspapers are considered too vital to take a day off. Maybe we're not on par with nurses, firefighters and cops, but we do need to have someone working every day of the year.

Then the phone rang. It was a woman calling on behalf of Sears. She had trouble pronouncing my name, as telemarketers invariably do, and she wanted to know whether I was aware that the television I bought from Sears a few weeks ago had only a two-month warranty.

Yes, I said, I was aware of that, and I was also aware that it was Labor Day and I wasn't in the mood for a sales pitch of any kind. I hope I wasn't too rude because I don't blame the poor devils working the phones. I blame companies like Sears that bring people in on a holiday -- Labor Day, no less -- to harass people on their day off. Shame on them.

I should add that I try to buy locally as much as possible and had every intention of buying a television from Vann's, a Missoula-based electronics and appliance store. But it was Sunday and Vann's was closed and I was impatient. So I chose Sears. It's not exactly local, but at least it's familiar, unlike the big-box joints stacked up on King Avenue. Next time I'll plan ahead. Or maybe Vann's will be open seven days a week and I won't have to.

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