We heard from a reader who gained a little weight recently after having her son.
She figures mosquitoes tend to single her out now because they have come to regard her as a one-stop all-you-can-eat family buffet.
Another reader suggested the buzzing bloodsuckers fly straight for him because they are attracted by his high alcohol content.
This kid might need credit counseling some day: A reader in Deer Park told us about a 3-year-old girl who was informed by her parents that they didn’t have enough money to buy a certain toy. The kid thought about that. Then she asked, “Well, why don’t you buy more money?”
Multiple choice: Which takes longest?
a.) an alpine forest’s complete recovery from a major fire;
b.) a couple with a baby parking and then getting packed up and actually walking away from the car;
c.) a Spokane Indians game;
d.) chicken grilled by a backyard chef who has seen “60 Minutes;”
e.) convincing a visitor from out of town that the Labor Day event really is called “Pig Out in the Park;”
f.) someone going from being anointed the latest greatest thing in Spokane TV news and that person getting fired or going to another city;
g.) a KSPS pledge break;
h.) the life span of a new comic strip in the Swell Paper;
i.) the Cougars going from unrealistic hopes to being eliminated from Rose Bowl contention;
j.) a new Woody Allen movie coming to Spokane;
k.) your book group getting around to talking about the book;
l.) getting through the express-lane when the checker and the customer ahead of you are flirting;
m.) the period between the onset of a season and people around here saying this year’s weather is unusual;
n.) Dennis Erickson changing his mind about a promise;
o.) getting a grizzly bear sow’s attention by petting one of her cubs;
p.) new street paving wearing out;
q.) the interval between letters to the editor from Curtis Stone warning against gun control;
r.) explaining America to someone who says Chicago is “Back East;”
s.) getting back to I-90 in Missoula;
t.) driving to the Newport Cinemas;
u.) bowling a complete game with people who mostly want to talk;
v.) finding a place that will deliver a pizza to your home in the East Central neighborhood after dark;
w.) a KPBX pledge break;
x.) getting a long-distance operator to give you an Athol number;
y.) reading some stupid Slice list;
Today’s Slice question: How do the things Inland Northwest women want in a man vary from national norms?
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