Sometimes life offers happy surprises.
“My ideal airline seatmate was a 5-year-old,” wrote Deanie Pizzillo, in response to a recent Slice question.
Pizzillo was coming back from Cancun, Mexico, and found herself situated next to a little boy. She wasn’t happy about that at first.
Then came the good news. The kid had a bag full of coloring books.
“I love to color,” said Pizzillo. “We colored and sang. What a stress-free, relaxing trip.”
It’s OK if not everyone loves it here: Ann Brueggemeier was heading into an afternoon movie at the Fox when she overheard someone offer the following perspective on our fair city.
“I’d hate to get stuck here. I mean, it ain’t such a bad place, but I guess I just ain’t a Spokane kind of person.”
Said Brueggemeier: “I won’t make any personal remarks about the speaker, but let’s just say that, as a Spokane native, I am not offended.”
Snowball story: “I tried the old two-snowball trick on a friend once - the one where you throw one snowball at him on a very high arc, and while he watches that one, you send a low fast one designed to lodge deep in his throat,” wrote Gardner Bailey. “When I threw the second one at him, he said ‘I’m wise to that trick,’ and cleverly sidestepped it, directly into the path of the one coming down from orbit. That one hit him dead center on the top of his head.”
The importance of speaking clearly: When Deborah Lawrence Hale’s husband moved to this area from New York, he was baffled and dismayed by a racist remark he heard over and over. “He kept hearing warnings to ‘Watch out for black guys on the freeway,’ ” she reported.
In time, he realized that people were actually saying “black ice.”
Warm-up questions: How long has it been since you got change and it included one of those old silver quarters or dimes (the kind in use before sandwich-style coins were phased in back in the ‘60s)? How many families have loaded into the car to go watch the odometer pass the 100,000-mile mark and then got distracted and missed the big moment? What would be a better name for a new local shopping mall? Should the city sell advertising space on the Riverfront Park Clock Tower?
Today’s Slice question: Young people who intend to live in the Spokane area as adults would be well-advised to consider preparing themselves for what occupation?
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