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The Slice: On vacation, just keep away

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2004

SHOULD YOU OR shouldn’t you? Several Slice readers advised against it.

“Checking in with the office while you’re on vacation is a dumb idea,” wrote Lou Sachse. “You’re on VACATION!”

“It’s a bad idea,” said the Rev. Bernard Kinnick. “It ruins your vacation to find out that they can get along without you.”

John A. Perry also cautioned against it and listed two reasons.

“You may find that they need you desperately. You may find that they need you not at all.”

•Self-analysis (fill in the blank): “Behind my back, people say I’m trapped in the (designate decade here).”

•Milliseconds of Deep Stupidity Department: About 25 years ago, on a cold winter morning, Joyce Mendoza was on her way to work when she noticed that her car was almost out of gas. So she pulled into a filling station.

But she couldn’t unscrew her gas cap. It was frozen stuck.

“One of the other stupid things I did back then was smoke,” wrote Mendoza. “Do you see where I’m going with this?

“I rummaged around in my purse for my lighter, got back out of the car and was a millisecond from putting flame to gas cap when it dawned on me what I was about to do.”

She still shakes her head when she thinks about it. “Sheesh,” she said.

•Great moments in camping: Eric Lobdell still remembers the reconstituted cream of chicken soup he savored 20 years ago during a break on a long, wet, Boy Scout hike.

•Feedback: Marilyn Rogers laughed about the idea of naming your family’s junk drawer. “I would think I had died and gone to heaven if I found I had only one such drawer,” she wrote.

And several Harley riders phoned to defend their collective friendliness after a Slice reader called that into question in Sunday’s column.

•This week at Expo ‘74: The Carpenters (July 14) and Chicago (July 16).

OK, that gives me an idea for a quick quiz.

Here are 10 song titles, eight of which were hits for the artists just mentioned. See if you can identify which four songs were performed by the Carpenters and which four belonged to Chicago.

A) “We’ve Only Just Begun.” B) “Saturday in the Park.” C) “Kop Killa.” D) “Wishing You Were Here.” E) “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” F) “(They Long To Be) Close To You.” G) “Rainy Days and Mondays.” H) “Hurting Each Other.” I) “25 or 6 to 4.” J) “Smack You Up.”

OK, time’s up. Here are the answers.

Carpenters: A, F, G, H.

Chicago: B, D, E, I.

•Slice answer: “Most people would surely rate air-conditioning a must during both weeks of summer,” wrote Duane Cocking.

•Today’s Slice question: You know how various countries’ currencies are called the franc, the yen, the mark and so on? Well, if the Inland Northwest had its own monetary unit, what would it be called?


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