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The Slice Between Bites, Don’t Ask Your Brother About That $500

Thu., Nov. 27, 1997

In the interest of promoting family harmony, here’s a starter list of subjects to avoid today.

1. The relative merits of various family members’ parenting styles. 2. Delinquent repayment of personal loans. 3. Who had it roughest as a kid. 4. 1997 weight gains. 5. Ex-spouses.

An SUV designed specifically for the Inland Northwest would be called: “The Ego.” - Vicki Savage

Readers’ ideas for new Barbies: “SCAPCA Barbie.” Comes with designer gas mask. - Bobo Prater

“Disgruntled Postal Worker Barbie.” - Bill Hart

“Weather Challenged Barbie.” Comes with U-Haul packed and ready to return to (fill in the state of choice). - Tina Piaskowski

“Espresso Stand Barbie.” - Mike Ruscio

“Spokane Barbie.” Drives SUV towing snowmobiles or Jet-skis. - Betty Corkery

Five different readers suggested “Big Hair Barbie.”

And Sue Mauro and her friends came up with virtually an entire marketing plan for the dolls and accessories that would be part of the fabulous new Lilac Time Barbie line. Perhaps our favorite touch was Ken being outfitted in official Lilac Festival jacket and pants.

The difference between Spokane and TV’s “Green Acres”: The electronic cash registers at a South Hill grocery store were down for one reason or another. So a woman who was ready to make a purchase suggested to a store employee that he just write the transaction details on a slip of paper and enter the information later.

“This isn’t Sam Drucker’s store,” he said.

Carbon-dating his parents: Cheney’s 7-year-old James Olson had just been told that back when his fortysomething parents were growing up, they didn’t have such things as microwave ovens, personal computers and calculators. He thought about that for a moment. Then he had a question. “Well, did you have wood?”

Kidspeak: Kaila Owens, 4, calls the Freya hill “Scary Tummy Road.”

Our favorite movies featuring prominent Thanksgiving scenes:

1. “Hannah and Her Sisters.”

2. “Planes, Trains & Automobiles.”

3. “Broadway Danny Rose.”

4. “Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale.”

OK, we haven’t actually seen No. 4. We just like the title.

Today’s Slice question: What one dining habit that could be described as bad table manners annoys you the most?

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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. Thanks to The Slice’s readers for making us feel like part of one big occasionally happy dysfunctional family.



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