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The Slice: Don’t let a little activity hold you back

Sun., March 8, 2009, 6:27 a.m.

Let’s see a show of hands.

How many have never set foot (or wheel) on the Centennial Trail?

Wow. That’s a lot.

Well, I’m sure you have your reasons.

•Just wondering: When you might be coming down with something, to what extent do you withhold intimacy to keep from spreading germs?

•Sunday quiz: I’ll send a coveted reporter’s notebook to at least one reader who explains how a Spokane hockey team could have won the Stanley Cup.

•Under the snow: Charlotte Quinn, who lives north of Fairchild Air Force Base, was taking out the trash Wednesday night when she noticed something in her front yard. It was a toilet seat lid.

It didn’t come from her house. And she has no idea how long it had been there. It might have been covered up by snow for some time.

Quinn hasn’t a clue about how it got there. But she wonders if one of her dogs might have brought it home. They’re supposed to be kept in the yard by one of those invisible fences but sometimes the system goes out, she said.

In any event, the dogs aren’t talking. So the commode caper is apt to remain a mystery.

But here’s a thought. Maybe Quinn could cast her canines in a home improvement show, based loosely on the old “Lassie” TV series. Instead of going to tell grandpa that Timmy fell down a well, the dogs could hang around during DIY projects and wait to go out and fill orders.

“OK, girl, go get me a sink and a tube of grout.”

•Are we there yet: “My family moved to Spokane from Deadwood, S.D., in March of 1947,” wrote Rita Giebel.

She was 10 at the time and initially thought they had relocated to her mother’s hometown, Chicago.

•This date in Slice history (1996): Sports bras.

•Early warning: Next Sunday is the Ides of March. Beware.

That’s also the day some people around here will learn that their alma mater has been paired against GU in the NCAA tournament.

But today, well, today is the day that someone is going to reveal that he or she actually believes that monkeying with the clocks somehow produces more daylight. Ahahahahahahahaha. Right. And making it illegal to talk on cell phones while driving made that behavior go away.

Have a good week.

•Today’s Slice question: Who do you wish would move back here?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail For previous Slice columns, see Guys, you’re not fooling anybody about why you watch “According to Jim.”

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