June 20, 2010 in Features

Future looks bleak for this one

By The Spokesman-Review
 

So I guess it’s fair to say Father’s Day caught on.

But what will be Spokane’s big idea this year?

How about “Future Day” — a celebration of our various visions of how people will conduct themselves after conflict is a thing of the past and we have harmony all figured out. Costumes and SciFi-speak would be optional.

Or not.

Let’s move on.

Just wondering 1: What local neighborhood has the highest percentage of front porches adorned with flowers or other potted plants?

Zero tolerance for corn silk: “When I was little, I used to hate corn on the cob because of all the threads on it,” wrote Lindsey Carpenter. “When I started shucking corn myself, it would take me a good 30-45 minutes to get six to eight ears done. But at least they were ‘hair free.’ ”

Her secret?

Tweezers.

While we’re on the subject:Mischievous uncles who tell little kids that an ear is actually more properly referred to as a “leg” of corn are not doing those children any favor.

Just think. When they innocently stumble off to summer camp and then pipe up with “I’d like another leg of corn,” the ridicule will be fast and ferocious.

Spokane’s favorite way of ruining iced tea: “If it’s not sun tea, it’s already ruined,” said Ron Weidman.

Just wondering 2: How did it go after the city informed you that one or more of your trees would have to be cut back to accommodate a street repaving project?

There are things worse than hearing “SpoCane,” continued: “Spokanites are not required to misspell the name of the town in online forms,” wrote Debbie Miller of Coeur d’Alene. “I’ve given up trying to use the apostrophe in ‘Coeur d’Alene’ because most online forms won’t accept it. I’ve lost count of how many address labels or computer-addressed pieces of mail I’ve received with the name ‘Coeur Dalene’ on them.”

Today’s Slice question: Is it time to update the assortment of stuff affixed to your refrigerator door?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. Some people with allergies don’t think Take Your Dog To Work Day is a brilliant idea.


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