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Thu., April 12, 2012, 9:20 a.m.

How Tim Gaines knows what day it is

"Thought you might like my way of telling what day of the week it is," wrote Slice reader Tim Gaines. "I retired two and a half years ago at age 53 (yes, I planned it right). After a while I started to lose track of what day it was until I started using the newspaper as a guide. Not the dates printed on the paper but the paper itself."

Here's his system.

Sunday: Needs a wheelbarrow to bring it in. (Well, at certain times of year anyway.)

Monday: Paper seems to consist of about four pages.

Tuesday: No advertising inserts.

Wednesday: Grocery store advertising inserts.

Thursday: Hardware store advertising inserts.

Friday: (Gaines suggested I invite readers to weigh in on this one.)

Saturday: "I know it's Saturday because my still-working wife is still in the house when I get out of bed."

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