I figured some masking tape would come in useful. That paper tape stuff is still called "masking tape," isn't it? The guy at the home improvement center, when I asked for "masking tape," led me to the clear plastic strapping tape.
Anyway, since when did masking tape become more valuable than gold? I was expecting to pay, y'know, sixty or seventy cents a roll. At Wal-Mart the least expensive brand was @2.39 a roll. The hardware store, once I found the stuff, after explaining, "you know, the paper kind of tape," had it for $1.19.
Anyway, more rantage later.