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The Slice: Now there’s a rendition worthy of a toast

Like many before her, Mike McKeehan’s 3-year-old granddaughter is a fan of “Mary Poppins.”

In fact, Mary Kate even knows the songs from that movie. Not long ago, she was singing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”

Her version is a little different from the one Julie Andrews sang. Instead of the word “clear,” well, here’s Mary Kate’s rendition:

Up through the atmosphere

Up where the air is beer

Said her grandfather, “She’s a girl after my own heart.”

Slice answers: “Socks and sandals are a blight,” wrote Ben Kersey.

Alan Howard agreed. “Just because a lot of people think it is cool doesn’t make it right,” he said.

Bill Wilson especially despises that fashion choice when he senses that the person wearing socks with sandals is trying to look like a West Sider.

Jeff McDowell compared it to wearing brown shoes with black slacks.

Pamela Stark said the look is cute if you are 2 years old. Otherwise, no.

But Lucia Neilson was among those who noted that some people’s feet and toenails are no pleasure to view, so wearing socks can be seen as a public service.

And Dianne Cook summed up another attitude expressed by several respondents. “I don’t really care if people don’t like my socks with my Birkenstocks.”

Spotting former cowgirls from the way they walk: North Idaho’s Bruce Werner doesn’t claim to have that ability. But he said he can recognize an ex-barrel racer from, uh, the way she looks from behind.

I’m pretty sure that’s a compliment.

Start the work week in style: Pull your shirt up in the front just a bit so it’s not so snug at the belt line.

Today’s Slice question: If it reflected your dietary reality, what would your personal food pyramid look like?

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