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The Slice: Joe’s take: She whined too much about math

Sat., Dec. 8, 2012, 12:10 a.m.

Let’s start with a Ghost of Christmas Past multiple-choice.

In households where both a Barbie and G.I. Joe could be found in residence, what typically was the nature of their relationship? A) They ignored one another. B) Felonious. C) Barbie distracted Joe and, as a result, he got killed in combat near the sofa. D) Barbie shared her reservations about Ken with Joe. E) Joe would say, “Will you wait for me, baby?” and Barbie would just giggle. F) Joe found Barbie’s obsession with apparel off-putting. G) Barbie would say, in a sing-song voice, “Hey, fighting man from head to toe, make love not war.” H) Joe accused Barbie of seeing a Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robot behind his back and then knocked his alleged rival’s block off. I) Barbie grew weary of Joe’s inability to get in touch with his feelings. J) Other.

Impression people get if they are just passing through on Interstate 90: “They must think that Spokane is really suffering hard times,” wrote Jerry McBride.

Re: Tuesday quiz: The correct answer was the late Hal Smith, who appeared in both “The Apartment” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Today’s Christmas bonus memory: Liz Schatz worked at a chain restaurant years ago when she got to choose her present from a company catalog. “I figured I would select the thing that looked the most expensive. I chose a silver bowl. It turned out to be silver plated, which I figured out after my first attempt to polish it with silver cleaner. I think all the shiny silver ended up on the polishing rag.”

Spelling it out: “My grandson makes fun of me for not using abbreviations when texting,” wrote Sharleen Hill.

Warm-up question: You know how families sometimes go to a central shopping destination and then split up? Sure. Well, is there someone in every carload who, to gently mock the level of organization and certainty of confusion, looks at his or her bare wrist in a pretend “Let’s synchronize our watches” gesture?

Today’s Slice question: Is there someone you hear from at this time of year whose handwriting is astonishingly illegible?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Christmas music on the car radio: Yes or no?

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