October 13, 2005 in Features

The Slice: He made a Pledge to eat the whole thing

Paul Turner The Spokesman-Review
 

LET’S START WITH a couple of recipe goofs. Jeannine Kelley’s husband, Pat, was about to fry some eggs. So he reached for the PAM cooking oil to coat the pan. But instead he grabbed a spray can of Pledge furniture polish.

“He didn’t even notice until he was cleaning up after eating,” said his wife.

Apparently the eggs tasted fine. And they were probably nice and shiny.

Sandpoint’s Helen Newton was in Alaska visiting her daughter when she found herself making cookies with her preschool granddaughter.

Some of the spices in the kitchen were in unlabeled bags. And that’s how Newton wound up using cayenne pepper instead of cinnamon in the first batch of cookies.

Just wondering: Where were you when you realized you had forgotten to tie your shoes?

Me? I was modeling a tuxedo Friday before several hundred people at a charity fund-raiser. Fortunately, most eyes were on my runway partner, Ilana Gold from KREM-TV.

Unscientific poll: Readers were divided about the propriety of local streets, et cetera being named after George Wright.

Here are a couple of examples.

“All this fuss about place names seems so foolish,” wrote Marilyn Othmer.

But Alex Texmo said Wright was an awful person, “And doesn’t deserve to have a slum named after him.”

The Slice recommends: Looking for a thought-provoking movie certain to prompt discussion? Rent “Touching the Void,” the story of a mountain-climbing adventure that turned into an astonishing drama.

An interest in mountaineering is not a prerequisite.

Multiple choice: What’s the best way to help steer a spouse or significant other out of a bad mood?

A) Apologize for something. B) Turn off the TV and talk. C) Take on a must-do chore you seldom tackle and don’t act like you expect a medal for it. D) Apologize for several things. E) Offer to analyze his or her discontent on the basis of having skimmed a self-help book. F) Say “Aw, c’mon. Cheer up.” G) Sincere praise. H) Propose going for a walk. I) Turn over control of the remote and then keep quiet. J) Initiate an in-depth exploration of your own faults and shortcomings. K) Make a show of whispering to the cat, “Better lay low for a while.” L) Prayer. M) Other.

My correspondents report: There’s already graffiti and signs that people have relieved themselves on the redone Monroe Street Bridge.

Slice answer: “If you checked my underwear drawer, you might think I suffer from multiple personalities,” wrote a grade-school teacher who asked that I not print her name.

Warm-up question: Do the people where you work root for one another?

Today’s Slice question: Years ago, what did you or someone you know routinely do in the course of the work day that today would cause occupational safety and health experts to freak out?

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