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The Slice Justice Was On His Mind

Sat., April 19, 1997, midnight

This happened a couple of weeks ago, but the image is still fresh.

A lawyer whose office is in downtown Spokane had just left the federal courthouse. Moments before, a jury had returned a verdict against his client that was a mixture of good news and bad news. The results could have been worse. But there was no cause for elation.

So this attorney had plenty to ponder as he crossed Riverside. And as we watched him and wondered what was going through his mind, we saw him get stopped in the crosswalk by a panhandler.

If you watch too much TV, it’s possible to get the idea that American life is all about winning the Super Bowl and running off the field yelling “I’m going to Disneyland.”

But that scene downtown looked a lot more like reality. In that moment, for that one lawyer, reality was hard work, ambiguous results and a woman in a stained jacket asking for spare change.

True or false: You can tell a lot about a person from the way he or she eats an apple.

Maybe we were wrong: We’ve had to rethink our position on the marketing effectiveness of Spokane area teenagers wildly waving signs and screaming at passing traffic as a way to entice motorists to pull over and get their cars washed.

You’ve undoubtedly seen this behavior exhibited by energetic members of high school or church groups. Often they’re trying to raise money for some sort of trip.

Well, we used to think those high-pressure tactics were a turn-off. But we keep seeing that a fair number of drivers do, in fact, pull over. So we can only conclude that there still isn’t a mandate for a more subdued brand of car-wash come-ons.

What’s wrong with this picture: After we asked for readers favorite foreign words not long ago, a couple of callers passed along phrases from Native American languages.

Now we get it: As 9 a.m. approached, a newcomer to Spokane heard us talking about heading out to put coins in the parking meter. “Where is the meter?” she asked.

We thought she must have heard so many people talk about “The meter” that it had become like “The Lake” in her mind. We gingerly started to explain about parking meters when it became clear that she only wanted to know if we were parked near her car.

Today’s Slice question: Who is the Inland Northwest’s least arrogant doctor?

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The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Wiffle ball and beer can be a volatile combination.



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