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The Slice: Life lessons: Cold sores, powdered-sugar doughnuts

Here are a couple of lifestyle tips.

1. Don’t over-explain a cold sore.

2. Don’t eat a powdered sugar doughnut while driving and wearing black.

We have a winner: Dozens of readers correctly identified the ending of the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as the answer to Saturday’s quiz.

In that final scene, Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard kiss in the rain with an orange cat gently smushed between them. And we hear “Moon River,” which includes the reference to “my huckleberry friend.”

Great stuff. It’s enough to make you forget the awful scenes featuring Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese building manager.

I’m awarding the reporter’s notebook to Spokane’s Donna Krueger. Her late father-in-law was a newspaperman in places such as Bend and Pendleton, Ore. And Donna’s husband still has a sentimental attachment to a few saved reporter’s notebooks that had been used for planning family trips.

“I am hoping that a new one may become the same for the trips Eric takes with our daughter.”

Songs that hit home: “I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan,” wrote Laurie DeVarney. “The Mack Gordon/Harry Warren song ‘I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo,’ made popular by Glenn Miller back in the 1940s, has been a bit of the soundtrack of my life for as far back as I can remember.

“I have warm and wonderful memories of both of my parents singing tidbits of that song to me as a child, and then later, after moving out of state, being serenaded by others who thought it was just so funny.”

Those latter singers would change the word “in” to “from.” A few of them didn’t know or refused to believe that Kalamazoo was a real place.

DeVarney concluded, “Sometimes when I am really missing my dad, memories of him singing that to me bring a smile, and tears, to my day.”

Today’s Slice question: How do you react when victorious athletes and coaches interviewed after a game credit God for determining the outcome?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. Voting ran approximately 3-1 against “Eags.”


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