It’s always convenient when the people across the street put up a knockout holiday lights display.
Here’s why. When it’s dark and you happen to be outside, you can see the neighbor’s luminary presentation reflected in your own windows. And it’s almost as if it is your display.
From a Los Angeles Times report on video telephones: “Wouldn’t it be great to link up with your sister in Spokane, Wash., and see firsthand how much your nieces and nephews have grown?”
Right. The friend who brought this to our attention wrote, “Perhaps the better question would be to ask Spokane readers if they wouldn’t like to see their LA nieces and nephews on videophones and never have to go to Southern California.”
How TV talk shows influence real life: So this grocery checker at a South Hill store was telling a customer that his child’s first birthday was coming up. In the course of the conversation, it came out that he also has a couple of other children. Those two are quite a bit older.
The customer didn’t hesitate. She asked. “Same mother?”
As it happened, the answer was “Yes.” But can you imagine?
Three fun things that happen everywhere (not just here): 1. Predictable acts of seasonal charity being misconstrued as indications of the community’s unique generosity of spirit.
2. People judging you on the basis of what they think they know about your neighborhood.
3. Meeting someone who seems interesting and appealing and then learning that he or she is close friends with someone you cannot stand.
Slice answers: Regarding an operation that would do Spokane a lot of good, Ann Nagahiro suggested, “A they-otomy followed by a they-ectomy or a me/them-otomy followed by a me/them-ectomy.”
Randy Richter recommended having all traces of Seattle surgically removed from Spokane’s gluteus maximus. “Spokane would convalesce for about three minutes, then feel great,” he said
And in the matter of which local school could produce the most surprising series of “Look Who’s a Graduate” ads, Helen Evans nominated District 81’s REAL School. “These students are basically really nice people who ‘don’t like to color inside the lines,’ ” she wrote.
A Slice salute: Goes to all the people who place classified ads when they find a lost pet.
Today’s Slice question: If cities had guardian angels and one came down to give Spokane a pep talk, what do you suppose it would say?
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