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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Gettin' nostalgic with it 

Slice reader Eric Rieckers weighed in on bygone Spokane movie theaters. "I miss the State (now Bing Crosby) Theater. My grandma lived across the street above the old Travo's (now Agave) and she took me to see 'High Anxiety' there in 1977. I was 8…

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Slice Group Retail Consulting

Is it too much to ask that I be allowed to enter or exit Rite Aid without the sensors at the door setting off accusatory-sounding beeping? Maybe it's just me. I can see the store employees wanting to know when someone is coming in or…

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By any other name

The other day, I mentioned the practice of referring to neighbors by nicknames. That prompted a note from a South Hill waitress. "We have plenty of code names for some of our customers," she wrote. Among the examples she shared were "The good son," "Bionic…

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Thursday bonus nonsense

On "The Big Valley," Audra Barkley was known for saying: A) "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges." B) "I've heard that you're a low-down Yankee liar." C) "Who ARE those guys?" D) "Good morning, mother."

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40th anniversary looming

It was over a long Fourth of July weekend in 1971 that the Universal Life Church "picnic" took place at North Idaho's Farragut State Park. It was actually a multi-band rock concert and celebration of what someone once described as "a morally casual attitude." Some…

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Slice answer

Today's Slice column in print included a multiple-choice exercise in which readers of a certain age were asked to characterize their role during dodgeball back in school. Ashley Steinhart selected the last option, "Other." "Non-violent Peace Protestor," she wrote. "Hell NO, I won't GO! Threw…

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Doing the wave

Now in my fourth year of three-season bicycle commuting, I've gotten to where I can usually tell when another Spokane cyclist is not going to return a friendly wave. So I have pretty much abandoned the practice of acknowledging bike riders decked out in such…

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Win a reporter's notebook 

Just be the first to correctly identify this distant relative of mine. Here's a hint. His accomplishment should have paved the way to untold riches for many generations of his descendants. That's not what happened.

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In retreat

"After gallantly fighting, using all the weapons and tools at my disposal, the not so Dandy-Lions have captured the battlefield," wrote Larry Woodard. "However, I live to fight the battle another day."

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Wednesday's Slice question

I haven't gotten to pipe up on a Wednesday since the early or mid-'90s, back when the food section came out on a different day. Feels good. So, anyway, here's one for my fellow early-risers. How often, on your way to work or when out…

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Texting idiocy

So I duck into the downtown post office and head for the service counters. There's one employee on duty, and he is busy with a customer. One other person, a young man in a hoodie, is positioned about 10 or 15 feet away from the…

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North By East West 

Here's one for the Changes in Latitude file. "Regarding the North Idaho/Northern Idaho debate," wrote Shannon Bahr-Allert. "When I was visiting Pocatello last summer we were watching the local TV station and they refer to 'Eastern Idaho's biggest Ford dealership' or 'Eastern Idaho's best weather…

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