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The Slice: Here’s to staying dry after toweling off

Sun., July 21, 2013, midnight

I can’t say it enough.

We are so fortunate to live in a place where shade makes a difference on a hot day.

That’s not really the case in parts of the country where humidity clings to you like a wet wool blanket.

Where is the most humid place you have been?

This is not a contest, but on behalf of certain veterans I will go ahead and declare “Vietnam” the winning answer.

If we can put a man on the moon, it seems like we ought to be able to … : “Make a toilet seat cover that stays on the toilet seat.” – Janet Culbertson

“Find the Mariners a catcher who can hit .200.” – Jim Price

“Develop a road surface that’s impervious to studded tires.” – Ted Redman

“Find a stolen car.” – Ray Tansy

Today’s moose in a pool story: “My daughter lives near Rathdrum in a wooded area,” wrote Sue Hicks. “One summer she and her husband set up an above-ground swimming pool. It didn’t take much time for a moose to come along and help herself to the pool. When she started to submerge into the water to cool off, huge swarms of flies could be seen lifting off. Needless to say, from then on the pool belonged to the moose.”

I asked Hicks to elaborate.

“The flies were definitely on the moose to begin with and as the moose slowly went deeper into the water (in the process of lying down) the flies flew off to avoid getting dunked. She (her daughter) said it was like a dark cloud coming up off the moose. Possibly it was mosquitoes or something other than flies. When the moose left the pool the water was filthy.”

That probably wouldn’t make for great cartoon fare.

“Hey, Rocky. Watch me get these bugs off my back.”

“Not that again!”

Warm-up question: What do you do after realizing that if you do not instigate the “Good morning” exchange in a certain almost-daily scenario, the other person simply will not say a thing? A) Stop saying it. B) Keep saying it. C) Ask the other person where he/she learned his or her social skills. D) Other.

Today’s Slice question: If your No. 1 wish came true, how would life be different for you tomorrow?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Today’s cycling tip: During flying bug season, remember to ride with your mouth closed.

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