According to Darryl and Kathy Hammonds and other Slice readers, everybody around here claims to be an expert on dodging potholes, running the federal government, coaching the WSU football team, Californians, high-speed driving, avoiding Division, pickup trucks, Expo ‘74 trivia, the Mt. St. Helens eruption, the best way to put up a tent in the dark and Bigfoot, D.B. Cooper and Bing Crosby.
A reminder: “Success and self-esteem are about knowing that you have choices.” - from “Your Boss Is Not Your Mother,” by Seattle’s Brian DesRoches
Consider this: “People who years later rekindle romances with lost loves often experience the most intense emotional satisfaction of their lives.” - from an item in The Philadelphia Inquirer characterizing a California psychologist’s research
Regarding those “Six Appeal” billboards: “In order for a pun to be effective, it has to have two meanings.” - Travis Johnson
Trend alert: Laura and Brad Wagner’s little kids love to do impressions of “Bitter beer-face,” prompting their parents to wonder if the beer-maker sponsoring those ads missed its target audience.
Someone had to say it: “I’m sick of angels.” - columnist Colin McEnroe, in The Hartford Courant
Looking ahead to 2020: The number of licensed drivers over age 75 will have more than doubled to 17.5 million. (USAA Magazine.) And POGs nostalgia will be sweeping the nation. (The Slice.)
Ripping off The Wall Street Journal: Tell us about your home-improvement project disaster.
Warm-up question from Robert Pintar: “Why do people who park their cars illegally in handicapped spots or tow-away zones think it’s OK to do so provided they turn their flashers on?”
Today’s Slice question: When you have visitors from other parts of the country, what souvenir of the Inland Northwest do they want the most?
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