The Slice: Who needs vacation when you’re having fun?

MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

My friend Bill Simer summed it up.

He said a person could easily schedule a summer full of fun if it weren’t for having to go to work.

Happy Monday. Let’s move on.

Slice answer: “I had a summer internship at a national defense contractor called EG&G,” wrote Kris Crocker, KXLY weathercaster and Civic Theatre actress. “It paid more than my first two TV jobs. However, they made me dress up in an egg costume at public events. It was hideous, and I do have some photos. No one really knew what I was supposed to be. It was just a big satin white blob.”

Teaching people to swim: “Yes, I’ve taught my three children, several of my grandchildren, and now working with the great grandkids,” wrote Bill Kaufman of Hayden. “The most challenging though was my daughter, Karen.”

Karen was not yet 2 years old. The family was at a swimming pool.

“I was working with her 5-year-old brother in the water. My wife was watching Karen and her twin and they were going in different directions. All of a sudden my wife screamed and there was a splash behind me. Karen had crawled over the edge right into the deep end of the pool. When she bobbed up I held her and all she wanted to do was play in the water. Scared everyone around but her.

“Needless to say she became a good swimmer.”

Pepe Le Exterminator: Denice Lucas came across some online advice about dealing with yellow jackets or wasps building nests near your deck. It made her shake her head.

The writer suggested spreading honey on the nests in the hope that a skunk would come along and eat them.

But then what if the skunk decides to hang around and wait for the next treat?

I suppose you could offer the polecat a lemonade or a glass of tea, but Lucas isn’t sure that is the way to go.

Today’s Slice question: When did you first realize that your hometown’s longitudinal position within the time zone significantly influenced when dusk arrived?

If you don’t know what I am talking about, ask someone who grew up in far eastern or far western Montana and then moved to Spokane.

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. Has anyone ever written a song about June divorces?

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