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Are you old enough to remember?

Scurrying to prepare a snack or go to the bathroom during the commercials?

This was before the “Pause” option.

Now, admittedly, not every show required you to give this any thought. Missing a few minutes just was not a big deal.

But when you were watching something that really had your attention and you didn't want to miss a second, there was a tendency to behave a bit like a baserunner taking a lead off first base. Then when the commercials break came, you were off.

Sounds primitive, I know.

And yet, we survived.

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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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