The Slice: All roads come back to ours

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011

Survey says …

Well, I had received a grand total of two replies to The Slice’s Spokane exit interview as of Friday morning.

The first came from a guy named Mike who now lives in the Twin Cities.

He said he was initially attracted to Spokane because of the historic feel of the downtown, the relatively sane traffic and the proximity to Seattle and Portland.

He said he lived here a little bit more than 10 years and regards himself as having been happy here. He left to take care of a loved one.

The thing he said Spokane could learn from his current place of residence is “How to plow the roads, and better the transit system.”

He said that when Spokane comes up in conversation in Minnesota, he often has to correct assumptions that it is rain-soaked all year and right next to Seattle.

One thing he is glad to no longer hear about is Hoopfest.

And, yes, he could see living here again.

How the city of Spokane could solve its budget woes: Set up speed traps on South Perry between 37th and the back side of Manito Golf & Country Club. Cha-ching!

Where would you set up a speed trap?

In the matter of anachronisms that arose when kids played war: Gary Rust recalled that when he and a friend played with World War II toy soldiers, they sometimes donned their Civil War-style caps.

Thanks for the feedback: A fair number of Slice readers contacted me about TV commercials depicting jerks in action. More about that soon.

And several others offered speculation about which recent Spokane TV news hires won’t be here much longer. Because I have no wish to inflate egos or possibly hurt someone’s feelings, I’ve elected to keep those answers to myself. Perhaps it’s already rough enough to be in a business where people are judged in part on the basis of whether their nose is major-market cute.

Warm-up question: How many Protestant churches here would consider hiring an unmarried pastor?

Today’s Slice question: How many local mothers have birthdays on Mother’s Day (May 8) this year?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; email pault@spokesman.com. One problem with baseball announcers is that they want you to buy the absurd notion that all the players are exemplary human beings.

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