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Sunday breakfast at home

Here's the question.

Can you whip up your usual weekend fare without turning on the oven?

No. 1 song on this date in 1969

Nobody was on the fence about this one. At least that's how I remember it.

Difference between commenters, trolls

Most online commenters, even high-volume commenters, are not thrice-divorced.

One newsroom certainty

Ask a colleague if he or she would like to see an entertainingly splenetic piece of hate mail and the answer will always be “Yes.”

Postures you seldom see in real life

Are 1960s beach movies the reason beings on other planets have not made themselves known to us?

What’s the lesson here?

A) Don't fly. B) You might or might not be nuts. C) Captain Kirk needs a drink. D) Some gremlins ought to try a different shampoo. E) Other.

As a favor to you

I'm not going to post a youtube version of the “Dr. Zaius” song from “The Simpsons.”

I just listened to it and know it will be stuck in my head all day.

“Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius….”

No reason anyone else has to share that burden.

Ever had salt water taffy?

Did it make an impression on you?

I'm quite sure I have asked that before. But at least once a summer I remember the time one of my aunts took me to Cape May and made a big deal about it.

I hope I was polite enough to seem enthusiastic about it.

The first Playboy I purchased myself

This is the August, 1969 issue. I was 14 and had a keen interest in short fiction and jazz reviews. And I was an occasional liar.

My family was visiting my grandmother in Whitehall, New York.

I spent most of my time there fishing, watching TV and messing around with NFL football cards.

But one day, while I was in the store where I bought football cards, I got an idea.

“This is for my dad,” I said as I placed the Playboy on the counter.

The scene of the crime.

The store in question, which undoubtedly closed long ago, was in the first floor of one of these buildings.

Will there ever come a time when…

…people will stop saying that they are shocked something awful could happen in their quiet neighborhood?

If you read this, please file a review

I would be interested in anything she has to say about the making of “In the Heat of the Night” and “Shampoo.”

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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