March 2, 1995 in Features

The Slice And Then They Have The Nerve To Give You A Funny Look

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Is anyone else amazed that people in parking lots still ding your car even while you’re sitting in it?

Slice answers: Jenna Coffey wrote to argue that Inland Northwest residents’ knowledge of United States geography is excellent. “At least we all know the general vicinity of Vermont or Conneticutt (sic), but people who live there hardly have a clue where any of the Western states are!”

(Don’t get her started on confusion about Washington state and that other Washington.)

And Frederick A. Sikes of Emida, Idaho, wrote “Spokane is a city full of snivelers and whiners.”

So there you go.

Kid stuff: When Spirit Lake’s Anita Axtell asked her 3-year-old grandson to pick up his toys, he put his hands on his hips and declared “OK, but I’m warning you, it’s no more Mr. Nice Guy.”

First impressions of Spokane: “Never have I seen a city of this size with so many huge grocery stores,” wrote JoAnn Hayes of Liberty Lake.

“The first time I flew to Spokane was in June of 1970,” wrote Colbert’s Barbara Beck. “From the airport and coming down Sunset Hill, the city looked very quiet and serene.”

She likes it here, but still misses her view of the Wasatch Mountains from her former home in Ogden, Utah.

Carlos Alden remembers being put off by the sight of a David Duke bumper sticker spotted as he was first exiting Interstate 90. And F. E. Kaye recalls being unimpressed with the train station back in 1953.

Margaret Wenk’s introduction to Spokane was coming here and having a dentist put in 14 fillings.

Lowell Lehman moved here from Kansas in 1970 and found that it was “Like stepping back into 1958.”

Today’s Slice question: What’s the biggest difference between the average Spokane man and those passenger-seat dummies sold to security-conscious women who spend a lot of time driving by themselves?

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