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The Slice: Art of map folding far from lost

It turns out quite a few people still use paper highway maps.

“Just recently got back from a trip to Wisconsin where I used a state map I have had since the late 1970s,” wrote Wayne Sanders. “Many of the creases are torn but the towns haven’t moved.”

Go to The Slice Blog at to unfold a sampling of testimonials.

Fans of the GEG Spokane airport code: “My husband’s name is George E. Goss, and it fits us to a T,” wrote Jan Goss.

Lock up: “So I was walking through Riverfront Park (Sunday) and noticed a padlock attached to one of the suspension cables on the footbridge connecting Canada Island and the park,” wrote Eric Rieckers. “Then I noticed seven more. It appears that people are inscribing love notes on the locks and attaching them to the bridge. I’ve seen this in other cities, usually on a fence or gate, but never on a bridge.”

A hiking trail named after you …: “Would wind its way across the South Hill from my house to The Lantern Tap House in the Perry District,” wrote Bill Hudson.

Slice answer: “As a school counselor, I can say without reservation that, as long as they are mutually agreeable, non-special-occasion hugs are not only fabulous but necessary for sound mental health,” wrote Linda Delaney.

Professions expecting to be exempt from jury duty: “I would guess politicians, attorneys or criminals,” wrote Ron Bart. “But I repeat myself.”

For the good times: A few years ago, a friend of Nancy Hill’s mother died. Hill went to that woman’s estate sale.

Beneath a pile of stuff on a table, she found a small Expo ’74 poster with four world’s fair ticket stubs paper-clipped to it. Saved as a souvenir of a memorable family outing, she assumed.

Hill bought it for 25 cents, took it home and put the poster and tickets in a frame. It now hangs in a hall. “Whenever I look at the picture I remember my mother’s friend and the importance of family.”

Today’s Slice question: What’s a sure sign that a resident has Spokane fatigue?

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