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The Slice: Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 4

When Nancy Kramer’s nephew was 4, he asked if she would be attending the family advertisement.

She eventually figured out that he meant “baptism.”

Though since then, that’s not what her family calls that ceremony.

Slice answer: “Without a doubt Kelli Crain of Bernardo-Willis Architects is not only Spokane’s Nicest Receptionist, but one of Spokane’s nicest people,” wrote Gretchen Renz, office manager at the firm.

“In addition to handling our front office with warmth, efficiency and humor she has taken it upon herself to make sure the man who sleeps in our alley has regular meals and a warm sleeping bag. We’re always talking about what is ‘wrong with people these days’ – Kelli is a great example of what is right.”

Slice quiz winner: Lots of readers knew that the groundhog reference in Tuesday’s Slice was from “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Some sang lines from that show. Others recalled being in school productions.

But I’m declaring North Idaho’s Kim Johnson the winner, in recognition of her honesty. “I did not use the Internet to find the answer,” she said. “I asked my sister.”

Slice answer: Carlos Alden said he is Spokane’s biggest nonfan of the Super Bowl. “I just don’t like basketball at all,” he wrote.

Family Phrases Department: Jan Kapelke’s husband keeps a stash of candy and salty snacks away from the kitchen.

“One day my daughter-in-law overheard me tell my son, ‘The chips are in the hall closet,’ ” she wrote.

The daughter-in-law thought she had said “Health closet.”

“Needless to say it has been Health closet ever since.”

Today’s Slice question: Any families celebrating birthdays on both Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday this year?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Quite a few big-hearted local residents have fashioned bed-access ramps or steps for geriatric pets.

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