October 21, 2013 in Features

The Slice: Expo ID photo turns back the clock

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Paul Turner, Spokesman-Review columnist.
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When asked to present photo ID, Sheila Geraghty sometimes reaches into her wallet and hands over her Expo ’74 season pass.

“Most people don’t think it is funny,” she said.

And many callow youths have no idea what it is.

But for Geraghty, who was 13 that summer, the pass is a reminder of one of the happiest times of her life.

“My sisters and I just ran all over the fair and frequented our favorite pavilions and ate great food and hung out with cool foreign people,” she said.

Hearing things: The Slice reader’s observation about snow making a subtle hissing sound as it fell through the trees late at night reminded Tom Rogers of a family story.

A few years ago, his brother, Bill, got a cochlear implant. “It opened up a brand new world for him as he had been hearing impaired for nearly his entire 50-plus years,” said Rogers.

Their sister jokingly told Bill he would now be able to hear the snow fall.

“Wait, snow makes a sound when it falls?” said Bill.

“Just wait and see,” answered his sister.

Tom finished the story.

“Turned out the joke was on us. At the next snow fall I listened carefully and darned if I couldn’t hear it. It can be amazing what we all take for granted.”

Maybe it’s the thought that counts: Two Spokane women had just finished trimming some tree branches that had been scraping against the house in the wind. The ladder-holder is 84.

They were sitting on the porch when two young men approached. One of the men said, “Our dad was driving down the street a little while ago and said he saw two old ladies in a tree and told us to get down there and help them. Do you know where they are?”

As it happens, they did.

Here’s a Slice salute to the dad. Reminds me of when Andy would say to Opie, “Well, do a good day’s work and act like somebody.”

Today’s Slice questions: How many people still use fold-up state highway maps? How many of those folks simply have no interest in online maps and will surrender their much-used paper maps when pried from their cold, dead fingers?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. A hiking trail named after you would be where?


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