August 12, 2013 in Features

The Slice: Surely, she’s of mixed pennant race

PaulTurner
 
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Paul Turner, Spokesman-Review columnist.
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Nancy Swanson’s daughter grew up here but married a West Side guy.

That family lives over in Everett. And recently they attended a minor league baseball game there. The Spokane Indians were the visiting team.

As the game was about to start, Swanson’s 8-year-old granddaughter, Mackenzie, announced that she would be rooting for the Indians because, as she put it, she is “half Spokane.”

Slice answer: “You asked about having friends who made different lifestyle choices,” wrote Suzanne Harris. “Well, most of my friends married, had children, and many divorced – none of which I have done. And I have some gay friends, whose lifestyle I also don’t share. But the great thing about friendship is it doesn’t depend on sameness, but on shared interests and care for each other. I’ve enjoyed their families, shared their struggles and – I hope – helped them in some tough times, same as they have for me.”

Discouraging Trends Department: Owen Fullmer is finding more used toilet paper right beside hiking trails than in years past. “Am I alone in this observation?”

Slice answer: Jean Moffatt said she was glad she answered the doorbell late one night. She encountered a disheveled, shaking young woman who reported that she had jumped out of a car in which her date had been trying to force himself on her.

“I let her in, slammed the door and locked it,” said Moffatt.

The man pulled up and parked in front of Moffatt’s house but drove away when the police arrived.

Said Moffatt, “Life is full of opportunities to pass along trust.”

Judi Durfee followed the discussion of kids, security blankets and outdoor clotheslines: “I was reminded of my son sitting in front of the dryer, watching his blankie spin around inside and waiting for it to finish the cycle.”

That also sounds like a “Peanuts” comic strip, but I believe it unreservedly.

Warm-up question: What’s your “On the day we took possession of the house” story?

Today’s Slice question: Do you run a daily sleep deficit?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. Dian Zahner has spent much of her life trying to keep people from adding an “e” to her first name.


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