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The Slice: Bug’s buddy

Little Xander McCluskey earns surprising win

The winning photo in The Slice’s “Help I’m a Bug” Contest barely even shows an insect.

But it does illustrate a child’s sense of wonder that has been a part of summer for a long, long time.

Amy McCluskey and her 3-year-old son, Xander, were at the beach next to North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. At some point, Xander discovered a ladybug on one of his toys.

“He sat there talking to the ladybug for about 10 minutes, showing the bug each of his toys and telling the bug about his day,” wrote McCluskey.

Don’t you love that?

Donna Potter Phillips is the runner-up, for her picture of a moth in a bucket on her driveway.

And third-place honors go to 11-year-old Jasmin Gallagher for some fine drawings of insects.

Monitoring other cities’ temperatures: A number of readers told about checking the weather info every day for places where their kids live, where they themselves used to live and where they’re thinking they might go someday.

Those locales range from Plains, Mont., to Paris.

“I check the Phoenix temperature every day,” wrote Jennie Groenig. “We have a brother there who brags all winter long about how nice it is. We never hear a word from him all summer.”

Slice answers: “The secret to enjoying a high school reunion is alcohol,” wrote Patti Nelson.

The secret? “Don’t go,” said Chris Caraway and a number of other readers.

You can find answers of a different stripe on The Slice Blog.

Home plate: Patsy Wood and her late husband were in Virginia when a man noticed their Washington license plate. He said his daughter was in Kent, Wash., and wondered if the Woods lived near there.

Bob Betcone was in upstate New York when a fellow noted the Idaho license plate and said, “You have a lot of sheep out there, don’t you?”

“Yep,” said Betcone, somewhat amazed that potatoes had not come up.

Today’s Slice question: Have advances in communications technology ruined vacations?

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