They could be your co-workers or even your neighbors.
But their smiles give them away. They are the grown men who, decades into adulthood, still silently revel in not having to dread the start of high school football practice.
Dream on, kid: “We were having lunch in a restaurant one day when a young mother and two children, about 2 and 4, sat down at a table next to ours,” wrote Tekoa’s Zoe Rawlings. “The mother looked at the menu. The little 4-year-old boy announced ‘I guess I’ll have the prime rib.’ He ended up with chicken strips.”
Speaking of kids in restaurants: We recently overheard this exchange in downtown Spokane:
Little girl in a high-chair (not at all happy): “A bug!”
Mother: “It’s not a bug. It’s a shrimp.”
Special request: “I would really appreciate it if you would poll your readers on car salesmen who work well with women car buyers,” faxed Pamela Place. “I am about to buy the first car in my life without a man accompanying me and I don’t want any chauvinist pigs trying to intimidate me.”
Just wondering: What do your visitors from out of town say about Spokane’s news media?
Slice answers: “The single best way to sell anyone on Spokane is not what to do, it is what not to do,” wrote Mike Cannon. “Just make sure they do not find out about the grass burners. Spokane will sell itself.”
And in the matter of seeing criminal suspects with your birthday on cable channel 5, Lynn Hildebrand hasn’t watched with that in mind. “It’s bad enough to share the same birthday with O.J. Simpson.”
Add these to the list of gone but not forgotten businesses: Stan and Ollie’s, Elk Drug, Top of the Ridpath.
Today’s Slice question: What incident shaped your policy on bringing the dog along on fishing trips?
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