January 8, 2012 in Features

The Slice: Lewis and Clark can provide guidance

By The Spokesman-Review

There is no law saying you have to stick to one theme when naming pets.

If you want to call your dog Chewbacca and name your cat Zelda Fitzgerald, that’s up to you. It’s unlikely that anyone is going to rebuke you for lacking a consistent approach.

Of course, you could name all your fish after Jane Austen characters or use nothing but names from “The Godfather” for your birds.

“Hey, Luca Brasi, could you hold it down over there?”

But what if you want to name locally, so to speak? What’s a good one-stop source? The answer seems pretty clear: The Lewis and Clark expedition.

From the president who sent them, to the dog who probably assumed they were lost, fine choices abound. Just consider.

Tommy, Jefferson, Meriwether, Lewis, William, Clark, Sacagawea, Toussaint, Jean Baptiste, York, Seaman …

Names as Verbs Department: “Our daughter coined a term known as a ‘Hallett moment,’ ” wrote Sue Hallett. “This means that somebody in the family has scored a really good buy on something – getting it on sale, with a coupon, plus an additional discount and on and on.”

The young lady who came up with that expression got a job writing grants for nonprofits. She refers to that as “Halletting for God.”

If there had never been an Air Force Base here: “My dad would never have met my mom,” said Sharon Pearson.

“There would be no good reason for Airway Heights to exist,” wrote Chris Caraway.

“We would have meetings instead of ‘briefings’ at area businesses that have a practice of hiring retired Air Force personnel,” wrote a reader who asked that I not use his name.

Warm-up questions: Who should play you in a movie? If conservatives dominated West Side politics, would the Inland Northwest be consistently liberal as a backlash? With which character in “Downton Abbey” do you most closely identify?

Today’s Slice question: If you died today and a memorial service was held later this week, would attendees who knew you only in one specific context be surprised to learn about the varied facets of your life?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. What? Tomorrow isn’t a day off?

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