The Slice: Shades in winter? Your view counts

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

It’s one thing to resist wearing sunglasses for whatever reason at this time of year.

But it’s another matter entirely to try to drive your car while holding one hand up in front of your face to block the blinding sunlight and, sometimes, your view of the road.

Let’s move on.

Maybe the international postage protocols have changed since then: More than 20 years ago, my wife and I decided to mail our Christmas cards from Canada. We liked that year’s Canadian holiday stamps and thought the recipients would enjoy receiving season’s greetings sent from the great white north.

So we took our U.S.-destinations cards to Nelson, B.C., and mailed them there.

But whatever touch of the exotic we were going for was somewhat diminished by the fact that they wound up getting postmarked in Chicago.

Oh, well. The stamps were still special.

Forgetting something: Tim Crabb once started pulling out of a gas station with the refueling nozzle still attached to his vehicle. But unlike a guy he once saw obliviously driving along with the gas hose dangling from his truck, Crabb quickly realized what he had done and did not do too much damage.

On a related note … “For the woman who wanted to hear stories about folks driving off with the gas nozzle still attached to their car, I can offer this,” wrote Owen Fullmer, of Chewelah. “A few years ago on a cold winter morning I saw a car pull up to the Addy post office dragging an electrical wall outlet with several feet of house wiring still attached to the car’s engine-heater cord.”

This date in Slice history (1994): Warm-up question: What Inland Northwest restaurant has the best table for 10?

Slice answer: Diane Stutzman, who lived and worked in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a couple of years, said there are places much more hostile toward alternative transportation than Spokane.

Today’s Slice question: How many defunct college football bowl games can you name?

Don’t forget the Refrigerator Bowl and the Aviation Bowl.

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. Annual recommendation: Don’t buy “Northwest” calendars that are actually “Western Half of the Northwest” calendars.

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