The Slice: Maybe our marketing folks should latch onto this one

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The nightmare neighbors who make it harder to sell your house seldom have the yellow S-R delivery tubes out front.

T-shirts and other gift ideas: Check out: www.aspca.org.

Mulling TV ratings for the Olympics: There is an audience for hockey that does not need on-ice fistfights to be entertained.

Inland Northwest establishments that retain the feel of old-fashioned general stores: The Slice received quite a few nominations. This might necessitate a road trip.

Slice answer: Steve Kent said a Bloomsday Device would allow him to once again have the body he had about 25 years ago, when he ran the race in 54 minutes.

Annual celebration: Spokane’s Doris Butler saw Monday’s item about whether people named March get extra attention on the first day of this month. “My dad’s Italian family name was ‘Marchi,’ and he said if you wrote it in all caps — MARCHI — it spelled March 1st. So we always celebrated March 1st as our family day. We have family dinners and send each other cards or call to wish each other Happy Marchi Day.”

Clarification: Even in Spokane, buffet is not one of the martial arts.

Just wondering: How many people around here besides Coeur d’Alene’s Lee Ray have a coffee plant that actually produces beans?

References to Spokane in old TV shows: “You forgot a fleeting mention in ‘Taxi’ where Jim’s sister lived in Spokane,” wrote Geoff Forshag.

Following up: Martha Lehman and other readers assured me that there are still plenty of little kids who enjoy watching bulldozers, graders, rollers and other heavy equipment in action.

Today’s Slice question: How many smokers are training for Bloomsday?

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