Steve Eaton: 'Short visit' by vacuum salesman drives family to move out

Published: Friday, July 5 2013 3:47 p.m. MDT

As my precious evening hours were sucked away, I started to get grumpy and began to give him contrarian answers that I’m sure he had not been trained to deal with.

When he finally left after about an hour — in dentist-time — I apologized to my wife for getting so testy with our relentless, insulting guest. She wasn’t even mad. She was just overjoyed that her all-day ordeal was over.

No one was going to use scare tactics to get us to spend our money foolishly. Not us. We just packed our bags and drove to a nearby motel where we are living temporarily until we buy a new carpet, floors, walls and, of course, a new mattress for our bed.

Sound expensive? If you’re concerned, I will write our rebuilding number on a slip of paper and slide it to you. It will be less than the cost of a new vacuum cleaner and we’ll be able to pay it off within our lifetime, provided we don’t die first of germs.

Steve Eaton lives and works in Logan, Utah. He can be reached at

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