November 13, 1997 in Features

The Slice It’s A Wonderful Punch

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Here’s all we’re going to say about old holiday movies this year.

George Bailey had it coming when that teacher’s husband decked him at the bar in “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Where the streets have no name: You know those invitations to plunge deeper into debt that credit card companies mail out, the ones featuring ready-made personalized checks? Well, Chase Manhattan Bank recently sent a batch to Spokane’s Tomas Lynch. (See photograph.)

But Lynch found himself with several questions, above and beyond wondering why they inserted an “h” in his first name.

Do the folks at Chase Manhattan think Spokane is so small that street addresses are unnecessary? Would being the first apartment in Spokane qualify the place for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places? And just who the heck is this Jamie Flint anyway?

Feeding the soul: Bryson O’Neill, a 3-year-old Lind, Wash. boy, was attending church services with his family when he observed the minister getting ready for Communion. Those preparations included bringing out a large loaf of bread.

“Look, Mom,” said Bryson. “We’re having sandwiches.”

A two-fer from Spokane’s Robin Fiorillo: First, she wants to thank a couple she calls the “A Street angels” for their compassion and caring after Fiorillo’s husband and preschool daughter were in a scary car crash at the corner of A and Rowan. (Stitches were required, but everyone’s more or less OK.) “Spokane is a better place to live because of people like them,” she wrote.

And in an unrelated matter, she recalled that while she was a student at the University of Idaho, it was not uncommon for people to fashion a map of the Gem State by making a fist with their right hand and then extending the forefinger and middle finger. Then, holding the back of that hand toward someone, you could ask the person to pinpoint the location of his or her hometown.

Wielding red pens at the Big House: Mary Goodsell’s young niece, Amy, saw a road sign referring to a nearby corrections institution. She said that must be where her teacher sends papers to be graded.

Learn something every day: That woman in the drug store asking about sheep’s wool (Tuesday’s Slice) probably wasn’t looking for Moleskin. We’re told there’s a product called “Loose lamb’s wool.”

Today’s Slice question: When looking at a map of North America or checking out a globe, do you always locate Spokane first thing?

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MEMO: The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Call us to learn about ordering coyote urine.

The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Call us to learn about ordering coyote urine.


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