February 18, 2011 in Features

The Slice: Talk about getting caught in the Web

By The Spokesman-Review

Just wondering.

What happens to your pulse when, while Web surfing at work, you accidentally stumble onto something that momentarily freezes your screen and has the potential to appear to your system administrator to have been the result of an unchivalrous search?

Slice answer: Central Valley High School teacher Vince Eberly thinks Phil Koestner, an English language development specialist with Spokane Public Schools, has the social circle with the greatest variety of accents.

“He is married to a wonderful Mexican woman, and their personal group of friends and relatives includes people from all over the world.”

Alarming technology: A shopper trying to leave REI kept setting off the door buzzer. He handed over his shopping bag and calmly presented himself for scrutiny.

But a seemingly puzzled store clerk had just one question: “Do you have an iPhone?”

He did not.

Watch your language: Half a dozen uniformed postal employees were crossing Riverside Avenue together. Their shift apparently over, they looked happy and friendly.

Another pedestrian noticed them and suggested that someone should be shooting a commercial for the post office including a scene of these upbeat folks.

“We don’t say ‘shoot,’ ” said one of the half dozen.

Family historians: “I have a brother-in-law who has missed weddings, graduations and reunions because of work but will somehow get time off to travel to places to look at gravestones,” wrote a Slice reader whose name I’ll keep to myself. “My husband and I have joked he will become interested in us when we die.”

Today’s Slice question: Which feels more like the start of a winning streak – reaching to the back of a grocery’s refrigerator case and finding a carton of milk with a date that’s weeks better than the ones in front, or examining the store’s flour shelf and discovering a bag with a use-by date that’s months better?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. Eileen Bakken thinks a lot of people would do without driver’s licenses if stepping on a scale were part of the application process.

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