The Slice: Major tension between kids?

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

If you grew up in a civilian family, please skip ahead to the next item.

But if you were a military brat decades ago, I want to ask you something.

Do you remember being aware of a class tension between the children of officers and the kids of service members who were not officers?

One aspect of your lifestyle at odds with prevailing Spokane stereotypes: “I do not wear sneakers every day with everything,” wrote Patti Witham.

So that’s one for and one against: When Dee Hunter met her husband-to-be more than 30 years ago, they pretty much saw eye-to-eye about politics. That has changed. “So now, every election, it is absolutely necessary that I vote to cancel out his vote,” she wrote.

Warm-up question: Has this ever happened to you?

About a year ago, I received a nice note from a gentleman who had recently moved to Spokane. He included a card with his phone number. So I gave him a call. I seem to remember that I reached him while he was at his gym. Anyway, we had a short, pleasant exchange. He had come here from a city where I once lived, so we had things to talk about. Before we hung up, I promised that I would contact him again. I meant it.

Then I managed to misplace his card.

I kept hoping I would come across it. But months went by and the card failed to surface. Meantime, I had forgotten his name. About the only thing I do recall is his race (there was a picture on his card). And I’m not even sure about that anymore.

Heaven knows what he concluded about not hearing back from me.

Today’s Slice question: People who go for a run or a walk every day sometimes follow the same route each time out. And a few of these folks have a ritual. Upon arriving at their turn-around point, they reach out and touch a certain rock, tree or sign as a silent way of signifying that they have reached the halfway point.

Not everyone does that, of course. But a few do, and this question is for them.

What do you reach out and pat before turning and heading for home?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. Connie Jensen isn’t impressed with the learning curve of those who have to be reminded to stand and remove their hats during the playing of the national anthem at a public event.

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