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Sun dodgers

We all know there are people who make a point of declaring that they never go downtown.

Suit yourself, I say.

But they are missing out on something.

No, I'm not talking about the various public events or cultural offerings. I'm thinking of the shade.

Downtown Spokane has to have this area's most complex lattice of sun-blocking objects. Some big, some small. And, of course, the angles are ever changing.

Makes going for a walk slightly more interesting..

One way in which Spokane is perfect

Shade makes a difference here.

It's our shared summertime gift.

Sure, people sing its praises everywhere. But in some parts of the country hot weather is so sticky that simply getting out of the sun isn't synonymous with real relief.

And, yes, there are places even drier than Spokane. But they tend to be pizza ovens, and escaping the direct sun is just half the battle.

Spokane, however, is practically perfect. Even when it's truly toasty, shade is a refuge.

Sometimes it almost seems to beckon, as if saying “Come over here, it will be better.”

And each and every time, it is.

Let us give thanks.

Who knows how sweet summer can be here? The shadow knows. 

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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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