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The Slice: Extinction’s in the cards for certain pastimes

Fri., Nov. 15, 2013, midnight

Some skills get lost in the shuffle.

Richard Griffith works in a Spokane department store. During breaks, he enjoys playing solitaire. He uses an actual deck of cards.

“Between games, of course, I shuffle the cards,” he wrote.

Here’s the thing.

“There have been a couple of times when a (much younger) co-worker would look at me riffle-shuffling and remark how they wish they could do that.”

You read that right. “Now, I don’t know about you, Paul, but when I was younger EVERYONE knew how to do that.”

Then Griffith remembered that his younger colleagues are accustomed to playing cards on computers.

“I have to wonder if shuffling is the only skill we are in danger of losing.”

Hearing voices: “My students occasionally ask me to say, ‘You’re in good hands with Allstate,’ because they think I sound like their spokesman,” said Nick Pease, an educator in Cusick.

Small World Department: Dick Busby was in Thailand last March when he heard that the Gonzaga University men’s basketball team had been voted No. 1 in the college hoops poll.

Anticipating that this might happen while abroad, he had brought a Bulldogs banner to unfurl for a photo on Phuket’s scenic shore, which he did. “As I walked back to my beach chair, a voice called out.”

That voice said, “Hey, are you from Spokane?”

Busby discovered that the guy sitting next to him on the beach was a salesman from Clarkston. “It was quite a coincidence as Phuket’s beach was crowded with hundreds of tourists, mostly from China, Russia and Germany.”

From The Slice mailbag: Mike Storms was telling me about some of his relatives who lived long ago when he mentioned something I had not heard before.

“A rich guy in my dad’s neighborhood had an automobile. He’d let the neighborhood kids smell the exhaust fumes, an exotic odor.”

Today’s Slice question: What’s most important to you when it comes to your children’s sports coaches?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email It’s entertaining to hear people who delivered newspapers as kids critique 2013 delivery service.

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