Stories tagged: The Slice
Sat., June 2, 2012
The Slice: Opportunity lost: ‘Ocho’ as nickname
While dealing with a friendly, efficient bank teller, I noticed a display of the young man’s business cards. His first name is August. I asked for the back story.
Fri., June 1, 2012
The Slice: Angry birds obviously know cats’ motives
If you have been hearing a lot of raucous chatter from nest-guarding birds near your home, there might be a simple explanation. It could be that they are addressing their …
Thu., May 31, 2012
The Slice: Religiously speaking, it seems fair to ask
You’ll have to take it on faith that this question arises out of simple curiosity. Do ex-Catholics outnumber ex-Mormons in our area?
Tue., May 29, 2012
The Slice: Salvage a thumbs-up, please
Some people yearn for approval from their spouse or maybe from their boss, but once a week it’s the approbation of the recycling truck guys that really matters. Just wondering: …
Mon., May 28, 2012
The Slice: Much at steak in this debate
Let’s start with a true or false. No four people in modern times have ever agreed on the definition of “medium rare.”
Sun., May 27, 2012
The Slice: Relatives of the Wright brothers?
You can tell that someone of a certain age has not been keeping up with the times when you hear that person refer to any and all airliners as a …
Fri., May 25, 2012
The Slice: Man candles make a lot of scents
Sometimes the gender stereotyping is so pronounced you can almost smell it. A North Idaho friend, Carol Nelson, told me about man candles.
Thu., May 24, 2012
The Slice: Now that’s what you call getting the bird
‘My husband and I have a bird situation,” said Lori Davenport of Metaline Falls, Wash. It started last year when an Oregon junco began tapping on a window throughout the …
Tue., May 22, 2012
The Slice: Perhaps something smells fishy
This is the season when certain outdoorsy families around here discover that they should have done a better job of cleaning, airing and shaking out camping stuff before packing it …
Mon., May 21, 2012
The Slice: There’s always a need for Red Bull X-fighters
The Deer Park Middle School newspaper polled students on their vocational aspirations. The careers mentioned included DJ, NBA player, dentist, Red Bull X-fighter, circus performer, BMX rider, professional roper, lawyer, …
Sun., May 20, 2012
The Slice: Time to put questions of barbecuing on the grill
Every year at this time, makers of outdoor grills send out results of surveys about backyard cooking. These reports are intended to suggest that grilling makes people happier and gives …
Sat., May 19, 2012
The Slice: Goodwill gains traction
Sometimes people do the right thing. A couple of weekends ago, Elizabeth Reedman was up from Sacramento, Calif., to take part in her sixth consecutive Bloomsday.
Fri., May 18, 2012
The Slice: The issue of dropped calls
I wonder how many cellphones rest quietly at the bottom of area lakes. It’s probably not a huge number. And I suppose most were dropped accidentally. But perhaps a few …
Thu., May 17, 2012
The Slice: No. 4 on his wish list: Nothing to whine about
Let’s start with a memorable tale of shopping list confusion. Theresa Utesch recalled an incident from about 15 years ago.
Tue., May 15, 2012
The Slice: A few ways weathercasters could rain on anchors’ parade
Some Slice readers misunderstand my off-and-on boycott of Spokane TV news. As I have noted several thousand times, I don’t like to be told how to feel about the weather. …
Mon., May 14, 2012
The Slice: A misadventure in babysitting
Let’s start by recalling a not-so great moment in babysitting. Spokane bank executive Wade Griffith was about 11 when neighbors asked him to watch their infant for an evening.
Sun., May 13, 2012
The Slice: Quick thinking helped avoid Doomsday
Let’s go back in time one week. Joe Kramarz has an 89-year-old friend, Jack Rogers, who does Bloomsday every year. But Rogers had major back surgery not long ago and …
Sat., May 12, 2012
The Slice: Veggies taste best when served over a cool morning dew
It’s too bad deer and raccoons cannot write. If people with gardens could leave comment cards in a rack by the vegetables, they might get some interesting feedback from foraging …
Fri., May 11, 2012
The Slice: He was one cool cat over the weekend
Last Friday, a neighbor who was heading out of town and leaving a teenager home alone for the weekend asked my wife and I to loosely monitor the situation. Now …
Thu., May 10, 2012
The Slice: Bottom line: Bike talk often a sore subject
Louise Fouquette saw Monday’s question about whether there is any kind of soreness too personal to be discussed at work. As it happens, she has been training for an upcoming …
Tue., May 8, 2012
The Slice: You can start by striking any key
Did you know you can identify distinct personality types by the particular key that sticks on a person’s keyboard? Doubt it? Well, maybe if we take it key by key …
Mon., May 7, 2012
The Slice: ‘Pick a lane’ doesn’t mean veer right and park
I certainly don’t claim to speak for all Spokane cyclists. Opinions on this vary widely, no doubt.
Sun., May 6, 2012
The Slice: Insights on the old outhouse
Let’s start with a Bloomsday salute. What’s your attitude about using a portable toilet?
Sat., May 5, 2012
The Slice: Try to avoid acting like a vulture
Bloomsday eve is one of those days on Spokane’s calendar when our city comes in for a little extra scrutiny because we have a lot of visitors. That’s fine. Nothing …
Fri., May 4, 2012
The Slice: Race day is almost here: Pass the pizza
If you are not doing Bloomsday on Sunday, it’s time to start getting ready. Getting ready to not do it, that is.
Thu., May 3, 2012
The Slice: Try floating to the finish line
Rene Penna overheard a 5-year-old boy refer to Bloomsday as “Balloons Day.” “Sounds like fun to me,” she said.
Tue., May 1, 2012
The Slice: Your home is where her heart is
Today, offered as a cautionary tale, The Slice presents the transcript of an interview with a suspiciously anonymous Spokane-area woman who keeps falling in love with other people’s houses. You …
Mon., April 30, 2012
The Slice: Major tension between kids?
If you grew up in a civilian family, please skip ahead to the next item. But if you were a military brat decades ago, I want to ask you something.
Sun., April 29, 2012
The Slice: Watching at the height of an important dispute
If you see a young person and an adult suddenly position themselves rigidly back to back while a third party looks on, don’t worry. You probably are not about to …
Fri., April 27, 2012
The Slice: Finding common ground in Spokane
Today’s Slice is a quiz for those in mixed marriages. You know, couples consisting of one person who grew up here and one person who moved to the Spokane area …