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The Slice archive for March 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014










Mon., March 31, 2014

On a scale of 1 to 10

How tiresome is it when local TV news anchors (often the weekend crew) do that thing where they pretend the weather person is responsible for the current or upcoming conditions?

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SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

Sun., March 30, 2014, 3:15 p.m.

Talking to strangers

I realize wearing sports-themed apparel is not a certain indicator of allegiance to that team. But sometimes, when I see someone in a Detroit Tigers cap, I ask a question only an actual fan could answer. Here are my 2014 preseason results. Know-it-all (friendly): 1...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

Sat., March 29, 2014, 1 p.m.

The value of friends who are not shy 

I got to thinking about Dayton, Ohio, because of basketball. But the memory that led to had to do with baseball. When I was about 13 or 14, my friend Matt and I were down at the rail next to the grass at Cincinnati's Crosley...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014


Fri., March 28, 2014

Your parents' favorite brands 

Was this the evolution of your feelings about their preferences in canned vegetables, ice cream, cars, network news and fast food restaurants? 1. Obliviousness 2. Acceptance 3. Rejection 4. Sentimental Re-Attachment 5. Rejection

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

Thu., March 27, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

My apologies to Jeannine Hill

Her name is misspelled in today's Slice column. Also, I promised her I would use the name of one of her daughters. And that name is nowhere to be found in today's column. I am out of the office and don't have her phone number,...

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Thu., March 27, 2014

Just wondering 

Ever been helping an older relative or friend try to figure out a convoluted phone menu or clear-as-mud website and found yourself thinking, "You know, these people have clearly made the decision that the elderly can just go to hell"?

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Wed., March 26, 2014, 7:25 p.m.

True or False Twofer 

Spokane is mentioned in Jim Bouton's "Ball Four." Trying to squirt the last drops of ketchup from a squeeze bottle is an excellent way to splatter red dots all over your kitchen.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014

Tue., March 25, 2014, 12:15 p.m.

An amateur diagnosis

When you are in a doctor's waiting room, do you ever speculate about what prompted others seated there to schedule appointments? If you are waiting to see a general internist, that silent guessing game can be mildly diverting. "Thinks he has pneumonia." "Back spasm." "Yeast...

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

Mon., March 24, 2014, 10:15 a.m.

Just wondering 

If you have your car worked on at a service department that's part of the dealership where you purchased your vehicle, there is a chance you will be offered your choice of shiny, new loaner cars for the day. So here's the question. Do you...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

Sun., March 23, 2014, 10 a.m.

You make the call 

A delivery girl brought some food to our front door and complimented me on the old "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt I was wearing. She was... A) Demonstrating that, even though "Napoleon Dynamite" came out when she was about 8, she is a fan of that...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014

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