Perhaps you knew that Freya was the Norse goddess of love and fertility long before being the name of a hilly Spokane street.
And maybe you know all about Thor.
But there’s a good chance you were unaware that several other Spokane streets are named after, um, lesser-known deities.
For instance, did you know that Garland was the Kansan god of wind? Didn’t think so.
Here are a few more which, we admit, might be hard to believe.
Boone: Named for the toga-clad mythical “Animal House” figure who was the god of racial harmony.
Thurston: Named for Thurston Howell III and wife Lovey, god and goddess of quality sportswear on Gilligan’s Island.
Alice: Named for Alice Kramden, Knickerbocker god of lunar exploration.
Carlisle: Named for Belinda Carlisle, Pacifica goddess of girl groups and push-up bras.
Hartley: Named for psychologist Robert “Hi Bob” Hartley, Chicagoland god of spontaneity.
F Street: Named for F. Murray Blutarski, patron saint of academic underachievers.
Sprague: Named for Howard Sprague, Mayberrian god of cheesy mustaches and swingin’ bachelor pads.
Dick: Named for Dick Louden, Green Mountains god of autumn.
Rifle Club: Named for Lucas McKane, peace-loving god of TV westerns who - though abhorring violence - found it necessary to waste someone every week.
Understanding ice hockey: The Community Colleges of Spokane offer a fun mini-course, starting Tuesday night. For details, call 533-3770 on Monday morning.
We predict two people who meet in this class will wind up engaged.
Goodness: We’ve heard a bunch of reports just recently about various forms of honest, considerate behavior in and around Spokane. You know, wallets found and returned. People who went out of their way to steer lost motorists in the right direction. Et cetera.
It doesn’t change the fact that this area has its share of scummy brainless losers who are pustules on society’s backside. Still, it’s nice to be reminded now and then that most people are basically decent.
We don’t want to use all our space telling a string of good-news stories - that would be a violation of the Journalist’s Oath. But remember. The bad guys haven’t won yet.
Today’s Slice question: What is the Spokane area’s most common nickname among men and boys?
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