June 22, 2014 in Features

The Slice: Her next date might be to the eye doctor

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A colleague told his wife that texting in the dark is bad for the eyes.

So she said she guessed she would have to find another way to communicate with her boyfriend.

If your swimsuit could talk: My friend Marilyn Othmer in Chewelah doesn’t own a swimsuit, let alone one that speaks. “If I did, however, its comment would be ‘OMG!’ ”

Just wondering: Is there anyone in the Inland Northwest whose church attendance increases in the summer?

When “Jaws” came out in the summer of 1975: “I was flying over the Pacific Ocean on my way to join my new husband in South Korea,” wrote Elaine Jameson. “ ‘Jaws’ was the movie I watched on the flight. It was kind of like a train wreck, I couldn’t look away.”

And Gail Wermuth, up in Republic, shared this. “I was living in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, with the beautiful water of the Gulf just across the road from my apartment.

“So all the people in our little office, a three doctor clinic, decided we had to see the first showing of ‘Jaws’ in our town. We took turns, starting in the early afternoon, waiting in line for tickets to what was to be a sold-out opening show.

“Packed theater, no one had seen this movie yet. It was incredible — the screams from the audience! Of course, any time anyone went out in the Gulf after this, we were always searching — in front, beside us, behind us — for sharks.”

Warm-up question: How often do you find yourself amused by someone in another part of the country assuming that the entire Northwest shares the same political leanings?

Today’s Slice question: You might be too young to remember this. But there used to be a brand of beer called Blatz. Perhaps its most famous advertising campaign featured various celebrities and the line “I’m from Milwaukee and I ought to know.”

Well, here’s the question. If there was a campaign for some real or imagined product incorporating the line “I’m from Spokane and I ought to know,” what would the ads promote and who would be the celebrity endorsers?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. Janet Orr still remembers a camp counselor hiding cigarettes in a Band-Aid can.


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