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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

It must be an abrupt transition

There's a woman on the bus who reads romance novels during her ride downtown. That's fine. I'm not judging her. But I assume she is on her way to work. And it just seems like going from the world of her books to real life…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

What the puck

I realize this is impossible to read. But that one locater line connects to the Spokane Comets. I'm thinking Don Draper didn't work on the Murray Goldman account. Then there was this. Then this. I might be off about the sequence. But…

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Lack of snow creates a few openings

For would-be sled dogs anyway. This afternoon a skateboarder who looked like a youngish teen boy was being pulled at a surprisingly decent clip by two small dogs on long leashes. This was happening on Arthur, south of 29th. The pets really seemed to be…

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Getting stuff on the kitchen ceiling 

"A few years ago, I was roasting some chestnuts in the oven but forgot to make cuts in the shells," wrote North Idaho resident Debbie Kitselman. "Pretty soon there was the sound of chestnuts detonating." There was no time to lose. "We managed to get…

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Back when magazines were a big deal

This sequence seems pretty accurate. The new cars were coming but hadn't arrived just yet. Be sure to pay attention to the closet. Can you spot Rockwell himself?

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011

Give me five

1. It is possible to discuss the pronunciation of "poinsettia" in a calm manner. 2. Some people who don't eat meat but are not performance vegetarians will confide in certain company that the aroma of steaks and roasts cooking never loses its allure. 3. Compliance…

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This date in Slice history (1997)

Always look for that "Made at the North Pole" label: "Many Christmases ago, our daughter Lydia gave me one of the best indirect compliments I'll ever get," wrote Keith Newell. "I had worked many long evenings constructing a wooden dollhouse from a kit, barely getting…

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Accusations based on zero evidence When I was a kid, Sports Illustrated magazine was important to me. I looked forward to each issue. So when, in my first year of being a subscriber, my copy did not arrive at the end of December, I was livid. I decided that…

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