December 12, 2013 in Features

The Slice: Guess his gravy train took a wrong turn

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Paul Turner, Spokesman-Review columnist.
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Is there a signature Spokane face-plant?

Janet Yoder noticed this the other day in the police log list appearing on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s website:

“An intoxicated man who passed out in his plate of food at a Main Street business said he thought he was in Spokane, Wash.”

I suppose that has happened to all of us while traveling. One minute, you are having a bite to eat and then … ZZZZZZZZZ. “How did these potatoes get in my hair?”

And don’t you find that when you are on the road and wake up with your face in a plate of food, your assumption is that you are back in Spokane? Sure.

But who knew they were so picky about table manners in Montana? Maybe they’re just anti-nap over there.

Meat and greet: Vince Roland took a picture of a family cat looking out the window at a couple of deer in the front yard. While he was typing in a description of the scene that included the word “visitor,” the spell checker offered to substitute “venison.”

Sneak preview: Years ago, Dee Hargitt knew the unwrapped Christmas presents had been found when her middle daughter complained that the slippers she would be getting were the wrong color.

Saying thanks: “I just got out of the hospital after having brain tumor surgery,” wrote Darlene Norton. “While in the hospital, I had the opportunity to thank every nurse that helped me and made me feel special.”

And now that she has had a moment to reflect on the experience? “I would like to thank them all again.”

If you need more convincing that December weddings can lead to long marriages: Ask Jo Ann and Ray Story, Myrna and Del Teade, Sharon and Gordon Jennings, or Allison Blankenship’s parents, among others.

Warm-up question: While spending part of the winter in the Southwest, have you ever attended a gathering of snow birds from Spokane?

Today’s Slice question: Is there a role model for those who don’t identify with either Scrooge or the Grinch but really do not get into the whole holiday spirit?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. If someone who is a big fan of “The Godfather” movies (Parts I and II) calls you “Fredo,” it is not a compliment.


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