The Slice archive for Sept. 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Familiar but still quite different

Certainly Spokane isn't the only place where it happens. But I suspect seeing someone driving a car just like yours do something insanely rude or aggressive stings a bit more here. Why? Because many in Spokane love to assume a universality of perspective. You know....

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I couldn't ever really get into this band

www.artistdirect.com www.phishposterarchive.com And, because they started in my old hometown, I gave it a halfhearted try. But unlike my easy enthusiasm for another begun-in-Burlington, Vermont offering, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, I just couldn't get excited about Phish. Maybe my tastes were simply too calcified....

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Overwhelmed by a huge project?

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com This is not a new title. And I'm quite sure the author would rub a lot of people the wrong way. But this small book contains perhaps the best advice I've ever heard about getting your arms around a challenge that seems out of...

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This date in "Dick Van Dyke" history

www.the-haunted-closet.blogspot.com On Sept. 30, 1964, an episode called "The Ghost of A. Chantz" aired for the first time. An online episode guide summarized it this way: "After a mix-up by Mel for reservations at a lodge, Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy are forced to spend...

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Asked and answered

Slice reader Eric Rieckers had a question. "Is it unethical to transfer certain cans/bottles/publications from your recycle bin to your neighbor's on garbage day simply because you're embarrassed about it being in yours?" It is if you get caught.

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Thirty days has September

www.startrek.com But the speed at which this month has flown by reminds me of an episode of "Star Trek: Voyager." Called "Blink of An Eye," it has Voyager getting trapped in the orbit of a planet where time moves much faster than in the rest...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011


Driving one of these on a date meant... 

www.adclassix.com ...hearing your friends say... A) "So, are you two planning on starting a family? A LARGE family?" B) "You're a regular James Dean there, aren't you, Griffith?" C) "Ahem. Got enough leg room there, kids?" D) "Hey, it's 10 o'clock. Do you know where...

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On this date in "Bonanza" history

www.ebooktest.wordpress.com Sept. 29, 1963 saw the first airing of "A Passion for Justice." According to an online episode guide, Charles Dickens visits Virginia City and is dismayed to discover that the local paper is reprinting his work without permission. Dickens was played by Jonathan Harris,...

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What happens when you forget to...

...swap your computer glasses for your regular glasses before getting up and leaving your work station? A) I become a danger to myself and to others. B) Non-issue. I wear bifocals and don't mind tilting my head like an odd sea bird 65,000 times a...

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Step right up for our nostalgia blowout

www.conelrad.com Fifty years ago today, a classic episode of "The Twilight Zone" -- "The Shelter" -- first aired. Rod Serling loved the "We are our own worst enemy" theme. (See also, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.") And "The Shelter" is a doozy. A...

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One of my all-time favorite answers

www.spokesman.com I don't remember the exact set-up. It was probably about 15 years ago, after all. But somehow or other Slice readers were asked to localize "The Planet of the Apes." And one respondent imagined a scene in which, instead of encountering the Statue of...

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"Opie the Birdman"

www.mayberry.wikia.com Tomorrow, Sept. 30, marks the anniversary of the original 1963 airing of one of the best half-hours in television history. "Opie the Birdman" isn't just one of the most touching looks at the parent-child relationship ever. It's also a classic lesson in taking responsibility...

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Ah, the life of an artist

www.designsdelight.com Call me a cynic, but I can't help suspecting that this ad was designed to appeal to guys who dreamed of having fetching women come up to check out some etchings. Art Instruction, Inc. is where Charles Schulz worked before "Peanuts" took off.

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Happy birthday to Pugsley

www.lonnacottrell.com "The "Addams Family" child star (that's him on the right) is 56 today. His real name is Ken Weatherwax. Years ago, my wife and I used to call two Browne's Addition cats we saw all the time "Pugsley" and "Indoor Pugsley."

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011

Multiple choice

When you are eating out in Spokane and see a family nearby in the restaurant saying grace, how does their conduct usually strike you? A) Quiet, dignified. B) It doesn't bother me and it shouldn't bother anyone else. C) Reminds me of Brother Love's Traveling...

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Did you hear those fighters yesterday?

www.strategic-air-command.com They were over the city at about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Man, they are loud. If they had been from the era of the photo above, I could have told you exactly what kind they were. But these modern jets all look alike to...

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Women can recover from big hair

www.misstennessee.org I met this woman in the early 1980s. She had been a Miss Tennessee about 10 years before I encountered her. She was totally pleasant. She was smart and funny. And her hair was completely under control. So don't give up on people.

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Wednesday food section annex 

www.closetcooking.com I have a question for those who did not grow up in the West. Before you came out here, had you encountered the "Spaghetti Feed"? Sometimes "feeds" are part of fund-raising events. Other times, they're simply the food focus of a community celebration. But...

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