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Walking the walk

The pedestrian stylings of those walking in downtown Spokane often leave a bit to be desired in the best weather conditions.

Sidewalk hogs, distracted phone yakkers, jaywalkers…I'm sure you could draw up your own list.

But when there's snow, ice and slush to contend with, things get even more iffy.

People understandably wanting to see where they are stepping have a tendency to look down while walking. And that can lead to scenes that resemble rival rams about to butt heads. Then there's the situation where someone walks up behind an individual who has stopped. That can look like a full-bodied goosing, a clumsy attempt to simulate intimate social congress or, at least, start a conga line.

Better to look up and see where you are going. Even if your shoes get wet.

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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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