The Slice: ‘No time’ excuse is comical

If you are so rushed in the morning that you don’t have time to read a couple of comic strips, maybe you need to get up earlier.

Let’s move on.

Slice answer: “I experienced sticker shock the other day when my daughter brought home the brochure for her senior pictures,” wrote Laura Abdnor. “My jaw is still on the floor.”

Just wondering: Years ago, I crossed paths with a Spokane disc jockey who told me that he regarded “The Andy Griffith Show” as a primer on parenting.

I knew what he meant. Episodes such as “Opie the Birdman” and “Mr. McBeevee” feature some beautifully written child-rearing scenes.

But what if your kid isn’t as reliably obedient as Opie? And what if there’s no Aunt Bea around?

Did people who became single parents in real life ever find themselves resenting the sweet, gentle depictions of raising a kid in Mayberry?

Falling far from the tree: One of the Slice readers who said he hated camping has a son who is an Air Force survival instructor.

Slice answer: “Yes, I wore miniskirts in the ’60s,” wrote Carol Siegenthaler. “Each time my grandma would see me, she’d say, ‘Girls, show your knees if you please, but keep your thighs as a surprise.’ Never forgot that.”

Things that Don’t Seem Like Good Ideas Department: Melissa Drumm’s home is in the midst of a South Hill street repaving project. And she reported that she has seen one particular heavy equipment operator talking on a cell phone and texting while driving one of the big rigs at a pretty good clip. In an area where there’s still some traffic, no less.

Warm-up questions: What did delivering pizzas teach you about life? What prevented your garage band from hitting it big? How many summers in a row have you gone with short hair? What fell into your open convertible? What disgusting food-eating competition could Spokane host?

Today’s Slice question: Do teachers pay any attention to those online rate-your-professor critiques?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. Who is the most uptight daily wearer of Hawaiian shirts?

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