“Only in Spokane can you still see a woman in public with her hair in rollers covered by a scarf (which I did recently at the post office on Garland),” wrote Phyllis Rollins.
“Only in Spokane can you drive for five miles and never hit a green light,” said Carolyn Widhalm.
And Pat Tatosky wrote, “Only in Spokane would an individual actually get excited at the prospect of winning a potato pin for submitting an ‘Only in Spokane’ item.”
OK, here are your nachos, that’ll be one “Hail Mary”: Ten-year-old Nathan Snow was at a soccer game when he asked his mother if he could go to the confession stand.
Camp Fire candy sales tactics we’d like to see: 1. “Choco-Blowout” sign.
2. Little girls shouting “Everything must go!”
3. Banner reading “Free beef with every sale.”
office Sunday when I heard the sound of breaking glass in the street,” wrote a friend who has an advertising/marketing business. “I went out just in time to see a kid toss a bottle into the intersection. I went over and started chewing on him and his buddy, not knowing what to expect in return.
“But when I got done with my little lecture one of the kids asked me if I had a broom.
“I gave him a broom and a dustpan and he and his buddy went out and swept up the street. I never woulda guessed.”
Feel free to try this yourself: The Washington Post had a contest in which readers were asked to submit personal testimonials of how much harder folks had it in the old days than Gen-Xers have it today. Here are a couple of the entries.
“In my day we didn’t have MTV or in-line skates or any of that stuff. No, it was 45s and regular old metal-wheeled roller skates, and the 45s always skipped, so to get them to play right you’d weigh the needle down with something like quarters, which we never had because our allowances were way too small…”
“Back in the 1970s we didn’t have the space shuttle to get all excited about. We had to settle for men walking on the crummy moon.”
What’s wrong with this picture: Slice reader Wendy Scott wonders about those Literacy Hotline newspaper advertisements that say “Yes, I Want to Read!”
Today’s Slice question: If they remade TV’s “That Girl!” and set it in Spokane, whose life could be the real-thing model for the series?
, DataTimes 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. Readers said people tend to stretch the truth when saying “height/weight proportionate” in personal ads.