The Slice: OK, let’s give it to ’em right now


I have a confession to make, and it might get me drummed out of the Northwest by oldies zealots with gray hair.

I don’t care for the ancient rock song “Louie Louie.”

By the time I had heard it half a dozen times, that was enough for me. The possibility that its incomprehensible lyrics might be sexually suggestive was never enough to make it interesting. And its regional roots count for just so much.

My apologies to Slice reader Sue Plummer, who wrote to me earlier this week endorsing “Louie Louie.”

Put simply, I don’t think it’s a good song.

So am I the only one who feels this way?

Me gotta go.

She just wants to hear “Please leave a message”: Nancy Harrington, who works in the office of a local elementary school, wishes there was a universal bypass code for skipping recorded telephone greetings which she characterized as sounding like “You’ve reached the home of Dick, Jane, Mikey, Sierra, Janet and Bosco the dog … blah blah blah blah.”

Slice answer: Jackie Disotell doesn’t lie to her dental hygienists. “When they ask the dreaded question of are you using the rubber tip, I just answer that I haven’t yet,” she wrote.

This has been going on for about 30 years.

More localized versions of “Keep Portland Weird”: With a fitness campaign in mind, Tristan Weeks suggested “Keep Spokane Wiry.”

Colville’s Lan Hellie offered “Keep Spokane 70 Miles or so to the South of Me.”

And after unpleasant driving experiences here, Electric City’s Larry Zimmerman proposed the pointed “Keep Spokane.”

What’s going on?: “I’ve been spending all my free time in front of the computer watching videos in order to print out coupons that I can use at certain stores around town,” wrote Jan Daniels.

Warm-up question: What local website has the highest percentage of comment-posters who do not differentiate between “your” and “you’re”?

Today’s Slice question: Who ate the most meals at Niko’s over the years?

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