And now for an episode of “Married with Occupations.”
We haven’t consulted a demographics database. But here’s our guess about the most common husband-and-wife vocational combinations in the Spokane area.
(Feel free to come up with your own list of pairings.)
1. Teacher and nurse.
2. Auto mechanic and retail clerk.
3. Computer systems manager and bank employee.
4. Contractor and lab tech.
5. Warehouse foreman and homemaker.
6. Truck driver and administrative assistant.
7. Unemployed professional filer of bogus job-injury insurance claims and waitress/telemarketer.
8. Civil servant and clerical employee at a medical office.
9. Security guard and cashier.
10. Aluminum maker and small business owner.
A moment to treasure: You know how TV news will identify an interview subject with a brief line of type that gives the person’s name or explains the individual’s connection to the story. Well, we can’t remember which Spokane station did it. But our favorite identifier of 1997 appeared during an upbeat feature about an animal that had been more or less adopted by a local neighborhood. It appeared under the video image of a woman who had seen the animal. It simply said, “Lives near pig.”
Things that make life livable: 1. Making knowing eye-contact with a like-minded colleague during a long, deranged business meeting.
2. Shin rubs from cats.
3. Being told “You crack me up.”
4. Women with R-rated laughs.
Slice reruns: A reader requested that we revisit the issue of whether underwire bras can set off metal detectors in airports (February ‘95). She didn’t say why. But we can guess.
Running on empty: Remember the local guy selling plasma to finance the purchase of a golf cart? Well, a friend of his suggested a few names for that vehicle, including “Pin Cushion,” “I’m So Vein,” and “The Bloodmobile.”
Warm-up questions: Is it possible to resist doing a one-second pantomime of a singer when hearing a recording of an operatic aria being belted out? Do you feel guilty when using return-address stickers sent to you by a charity to which you have made no contributions?
Today’s Slice question: The recipe for a seasonal “North Idaho Fruitcake” would include what secret ingredient?
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