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The Slice: You could at least begin by taking down the lights

You know all those things you were going to get to “after the holidays” — social get-togethers, medical appointments, et cetera?

Well, um, it’s after the holidays.

What? Oh, you meant “after Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.”

OK, then.

Reader challenge: The first Monday of the year is an excellent occasion to …

Random item for 100: Do you blurt out answers (in the implied form of a question) when “Jeopardy” is on or do you watch in silence, confident in the belief that others within earshot of the TV assume you know many of the answers?

Slice theory: Every workplace with 10 or more people has a Jan Brady.

Some of those who characterize Spokane as Dullsville don’t live in Seattle or San Francisco: Jim Clanton shared an “overheard” from the airport.

A woman talking with a traveler who had come here on business said there’s nothing to do in Spokane at night. A few moments later it was revealed that the speaker lives in Post Falls.

Re: 40th anniversary of Expo ’74: Ron Mill’s first son was born on May 4 that year, the fair’s opening day.

Mill remembers looking out a hospital window at Deaconess and seeing a helicopter. He has always assumed it was carrying President Richard Nixon.

Mill still thinks the timing of the birth is pretty cool, but he isn’t sure that his son is thrilled about turning 40 this spring.

Warm-up question: Inland Northwesterners visiting Kansas City or Memphis sometimes come back to Spokane with multiple bottles of barbecue sauce. What do visitors to Spokane take back home with them?

Today’s Slice question: Do you drive people crazy by asking seemingly nonstop questions while watching TV with others?

It is OK to confess. I am sure you are still loved and admired, even by those who find themselves saying “Yes! Yes! For the love of all that’s holy — Yes! THAT IS the same guy who had the knife in the scene five minutes ago!”

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