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The Slice: Run your mouth today, but be clever

There’s a problem with yelling encouragement to Bloomsday runners.

Shouting “You’re doing great!” over and over gets old after a while. But sometimes fresh material isn’t easy to come by.

Well, here’s an idea. You could call out lines from movies.

For instance …

“May the Force be with you.”

“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”

“I see dead people.”

“It’s alive!”

“I feel the need — the need for speed.”

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

“Cinderella story.”

“You can’t handle the truth!”

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

Or maybe exhorting Bloomsday participants with song titles is the way to go.

“Don’t Stop Believin’.”

“Keep on Truckin’.”

“Take It to the Limit.”

“Carry That Weight.”

“Wasted on the Way.”

“Long May You Run.”

Or how about calling out Spokane TV news slogans?

“Right Now!”

“Never Miss a Story.”

“Moderating Our Facial Expressions to Suit the Mood.”

Maybe you could shout out old beer-advertising slogans.

“Head for the mountains.”

“Go for the gusto.”

“Hey Mabel, Black Label.”

No? OK, what about car-advertising slogans from, say, 1965?


“A howitzer with windshield wipers.”

“Quiet is the mark of quality.”

“The new look of success.”

All right, maybe we’re getting a bit off track. How about snippets of famous pep talks?

“This is your time. Now go out there and take it.”

“America will not tolerate a loser.”

“Forget about the crowds, the size of the school, their fancy uniforms, and remember what got you here.”

“And gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here.”

Good luck to all.

Today’s Slice question: How many people have T-shirts too prized to actually wear?

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