A reader named Jan told us her parents always park at the Ramada Inn when they go to the airport.
She used to think that was embarrassingly cheap. But now that her folks have gotten up in years, Jan admits she’s tickled that they’re able to handle that long walk.
Both sides now: If you moved to Spokane from Seattle, perhaps you can help us. We’re looking for readers willing to write short personal essays on what that change of locale has meant to them.
In addition, we would like to hear from or about people who moved from Spokane to Seattle. We plan to gather pieces from Washingtonians who fit that description, too.
If you want help writing your essay, it’s available. But the first step is to let us know that you’re interested.
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Fasten your seat belts: OK, we said it was time to give potholes talk a rest. But we like Ted Olson’s story.
On a recent flight from Seattle to Spokane, the pilot came on and warned about upcoming turbulence.
The bumpy air came and went. Then a passenger piped up. “Hell, that wasn’t bad,” he said. “I’m going to have a rougher ride going up Grand on my way home.”
Chain gang: Jane Higuera (the grandmother in the following exchange) shared with us a conversation she titled “Yardwork near Airway Heights.”
Grandmother: “Are you going to help me rake?”
Jamie, age 5: “No, I’m going to guard you.”
Grandmother: “Guard me? Guard me from what?”
Jamie: “I’m the guard. I’ll keep you from running away.”
Lathered up: “This morning I got a bar of Ivory soap with my newspaper,” wrote Spokane’s Sarah Glass, 11. “Is that to wash the newspaper ink off our fingers?”
Yes, that’s one excellent use. Another involves washing out the mouths of smart-alecky children.
Slice answer: Cheney’s post office got the first nomination after we asked who would have the hottest seller if each area business did a swimsuit calendar featuring its staff.
Dead Sea food bowls: We heard a local priest speculate about how a pet owned by Jesus would have behaved. That made us wonder. What kind of animal would it have been? And what would have been its name?
Today’s Slice question: If scientists pinpointed a “Montana gene,” to what behavior would it be linked?
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