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The Slice: Two’s a crowd in reading room

Paul Turner, Spokesman-Review columnist. (The Spokesman-Review)
Paul Turner, Spokesman-Review columnist. (The Spokesman-Review)

The Slice has questions for people who grew up in big families residing in homes with one bathroom.

Did other family members pound on the door or simply walk right in?

When someone was taking a bath or shower was it considered OK for another person to enter the bathroom and address other needs?

Can you remember a time when you were growing up when someone was not standing outside the bathroom and yelling that the current occupant needed to get out of there?

Just wondering: How many organizations contact you only when they want donations?

A job that never ends: Earlier this week, Bob Himes was looking for an item his adult daughter had misplaced. “She said she was feeding the cat and lost her nose ring.”

Himes eventually found it. But the experience made him think.

“Just wondering if other parents have looked for weird things for their kids.”

One more foul-ball story: “I officiate softball and was working a high school varsity game in Freeman, which is just up the road from my hometown of Rockford,” wrote Randy Harnasch. “My wife very seldom attended any of my games, however, she stopped by this one on her way home.”

Harnasch was unaware of her presence.

A foul ball sailed over the backstop and bonked his wife on the head.

When Harnasch realized it was his wife who had been hit, he said the first thing that came to mind. “Well, no wonder you never come to the games.”

That got a big laugh from the spectators.

“She left with a sore head and I, of course, had to do a little back-track dance when I got home.”

Slice answer: “I haven’t given any thought to a T-shirt wording using my name but with a name like Rust I’m sure it would not be too difficult,” wrote Gary Rust. “Before her death, my mom, Ida May Rust, used to joke that she wanted ‘I May Rust’ on her tombstone.”

Today’s Slice question: If a stranger walked up to you and said, “Tell me something good about Spokane,” how would you respond?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Chuck Boos said his brother was restoring an old pickup when he went online and tracked down a particularly hard-to-find part in New Zealand.

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