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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Sneak preview

Here is the question at the end of The Slice column in this coming Sunday's newspaper: Is there a local business with a permanent place on your radar because it opened right after you moved here? For me, it's Luigi's restaurant downtown. Though, to be…

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Today's B-24 photo

I've seen this particular picture many times over the years. On each occasion, I wonder if my father wound up flying in one of the bombers in those assembly lines.

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Test your knowledge

What was the last name of Hal Jordan's girlfriend? Hint: It's the same as the name of a Spokane high school. No, she's not Carol North Central.

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Name game 2 

Justin Harke is a cook. He works at a restaurant on East Sprague. "It is very hard to keep our servers' names straight because they are all fairly similar," he wrote. Part of his job is to call out a server's name when a particular…

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Everybody sing If you still have a copy of this, my advice is to start drinking heavily. Unless, of course, this has become a collectible. Blog technology allows for audio offerings. So I could record readers singing those songs. But let's not.

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Name game

Cindy Matthews has a hard time avoiding confusion with Laura/Lauren/Laurel. She said her husband gets tripped up by Joan and the various forms of Joann. Larry Totten called a neighbor named Dustin "Justin" for the better part of a year. Or was it the other…

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DVR alert

You might not get the THIS channel -- 117 on my own cable lineup. Or you might have it in your cable array without realizing it. But THIS has been showing "Outer Limits" reruns. And at 1 a.m. on Friday, there's a decent one from…

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My seasonal sports rants

Rant 1: When the unmatched Bobby Orr scored his famous goal -- well, it's famous to hockey fans -- to win the Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins in 1970, the date was May 10. That seems like a reasonable date for the season to…

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Jog your memory

The late actor Albert Salmi (left), who lived in Spokane at the time of his death, appeared in several episodes of "The Twilight Zone." Which do you recall?

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Honest or just choosy?

"My husband and I were at the food court at Northern Quest Casino," wrote Judy Tierney. "A man left his coat on a chair. An hour later he came looking for it. It was right where he had left it. "When he retrieved it, he…

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Gone but not forgotten

"I miss the North Cedar Drive-In theater," wrote Shelley Davis. "I remember going there with my parents when I was a child, in my pajamas, to see 'That Darn Cat.' Then when I was in high school, with my best friend to see 'The Exorcist.'…

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

All aboard 2

After being at the train station early this morning, I've been thinking I'm in the mood to watch a train movie. Time magazine came up with a list of the 10 best last year. "Strangers on a Train." "The Great Train Robbery." "Silver Streak." "The…

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Bloom alert

Often when I correspond with Wayne Pomerleau, it's about our favorite movie Westerns. But this time, he had something else on his mind. "The bushes are coming into bloom in the Lilac Garden at Manito Park," he wrote. "If your readers wait half a month…

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All aboard

"Spokane Intermodal Facility" might be one of the more blah names you'll ever encounter. But inside, there's a sign that has to be among the most evocative: "To Trains."

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Play along at home

Today's Slice column involves replacing 40 animal references in song titles with "Marmot" or "Marmots." You know. "I've Got a Marmot By the Tail." And so on. But by no means did I exhaust the possibilities. So I invite you to try your hand at…

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Ever consider booing the audience? 

Went to see "Bridesmaids" over the weekend at RPS. There's a scene where the woman at the center of the story is at her mother's home watching the 2000 Tom Hanks movie, "Cast Away." She reacts emotionally to a wrenching scene involving the born-of-isolation friendship…

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