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The Slice: Whatever it takes to keep schedule on track

Mon., March 25, 2013

Sure, it’s a seriously dated expression.

You would think the years might have derailed it by now.

But I love it when someone in the presence of those who seem hurried says, “Got a train to catch?”

Just wondering: When you read or hear about someone growing up in a family where everyone walked on egg shells because of an ill-tempered, violent father, what goes through your mind? A) I feel sorry for those people and thank God once again for a gentle, loving dad. B) I always assume everyone’s family is/was screwed up in one way or another. C) I’m reminded that there are worse things than not having a father around. D) It just reminds me of why I vowed that, when I grew up and had a family of my own, our home would not be ruled by fear. E) I feel sorry for the weak, insecure men warped by life, alcohol and personal failings into being some angry tyrant who could not have been the man they aspired to be. F) Other.

Re: “MASH” reruns: “Right now those are the best shows on television,” wrote Norm Tesch. “Great writing, great messages, good acting and leaves you with a feel-good feeling at the end of each show.”

Slice answers: A number of readers said the thing to do when you are blanking on someone’s name is to admit it right away and ask for forgiveness.

We’ve all been there, said one.

Bill Kaufman offered this. “When I meet someone I’ve met before but can’t remember his/her name, I just smile, look them in the eye and say ‘Nice to see you again.’ ”

Another reader said that if he’s with his wife he introduces her and hopes the person says his or her name in response.

And Wallace Foster said he has been known to approach the person in a confident, friendly manner and say “My name is Wallace Foster and, as I recall, you always remember yours.”

Today’s Slice question: If TV’s Cleaver family had moved to Spokane 50 years ago, where would Ward have worked and how well would the family have fit in here?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Several teachers recalled the not-so-long-ago days when opening the door to the teachers’ lounge invariably released a cloud of cigarette smoke into the hall.

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