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Everyone else’s holiday

November 25, 2011
By Wes Burns , Times-Republican

Maybe you got up ridiculously early to go shopping, maybe you had to get up early to catch a flight, maybe you slept late after suffering an intense turkey coma; however you started your day chances are yesterday was a feast of eating, football, sleeping, and more eating.

Unless you had to work on Thanksgiving.

See how you're reading a fresh paper right now? The diligent skeleton crew of the Times-Republican worked through their Thanksgiving day to make sure you had the paper currently in your hand (if you are reading this online just pretend you're holding something.)

Yes, it can make it a bit difficult to work half a day, run home and eat enough turkey to fell an elephant, then return to work and attempt to not fall asleep. But we all have at least one relative who only shows up late and leaves early, all because of work.

When I was a kid it was my aunt Brenda, who worked at the hospital. Its kind of hard to tell sick people "sorry about the whole broken bones thing, but I really want to get home while the rolls are fresh, so I'm going to leave."

But that's the medical profession, a line of work not known for flexible schedule. Is it just them and newspapers that work through the holidays?


Gas station clerks. From gassing up to get to that all-too-distant relative's house to simply driving to the video store to get a copy of something that everyone can at least watch peacefully ("The Godfather" ... well, it should be anyway) our world would shut down if these gatekeepers of gas were to stay home on Thanksgiving. As someone who acquires 30 percent of his diet from gas station pizza I?understand that these people MUST stay open 24/7, maybe even 25/8.

Bartenders. As the unofficial arbiters/hosts of the unofficial high school reunion (the day before Thanksgiving) we need these people. Second only to St. Patrick's Day the day before Thanksgiving has to be the busiest day of year for our local public houses. Ex-classmates and former flames converge with new spouses and awkward silences, all to the tune of cheap drink specials; what could be a better way to appreciate your family then spending the day before reminding yourself why you don't really talk to anyone from high school anymore.

Cops. So, you tried to deep fry that frozen turkey and accidentally set your neighbor's house on fire? You forgot something at the store and thought the best way to get to Hy-Vee was driving 65 down Center Street? Get into the egg nog a little early and started yelling at the neighborhood dog that just won't stop barking?

Thanks for putting up with the stupidity, officers.

Retail clerks. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to take this chance to apologize anybody that has to go into work tonight and watch a group of otherwise reasonable people turn into the last five minutes of a zombie movie because they can get an HDTV for $400. I?am sorry you have to put up with that.

So if you had to work yesterday, I?sympathize. Working on a holiday can be a bit of a pain but remember, the rest of the world needs their medical care attentive, their newspapers timely, their gas tanks filled, their drinks stiff, their laws enforced and their midnight deals UNBELIEVABLE! Just make sure to grab a turkey sandwich today, you've earned it.


Copy Editor Wes Burns is a Friday columnist. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Wes Burns at 641-753-6611 or



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