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The Slice archive for July 2011

SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2011

Battle of the gas station signs/logos 

Which do you like better? This. Or This. This. Or this. This. Or this. This. Or this.

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There must be a name for it 

Let's say you had been looking at a news website or some other online offering that has a fair amount of clicking options on one page. You decide you're done for the moment. But just as you are logging off your computer -- in the…

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I gotcher endorsement right here 

When inclined to grumble about one of The Spokesman-Review's editorial positions or political endorsements, I sometimes think of Ed. Ed was the sports editor at the small newspaper where I started my so-called career. A proud University of Missouri grad, he was a bit of…

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Sweet onions used to be a real treat 

Now? I don't know. It seems like onions labeled as "sweet" are available pretty much all year. Only none of them are quite as mind-blowing as the truly amazing ones from 20 or 30 years ago. Remember? There were, of course, the Walla Walla onions.…

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FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

Boys buying condoms in summer of '11 

I can only assume it is a bit more matter-of-fact these days, though perhaps not totally so. One classic depiction of a young man being ill at ease about purchasing these items appeared in the 1971 movie, "Summer of '42." Here's a moment from that…

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Singing along with the car stereo 

So I was standing at the corner of Lincoln and Riverside, waiting for the light to change. A car went by with the windows down and the sound system up. The young woman behind the wheel was singing along with Miranda Lambert's "White Liar." I…

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Loud concerts and hearing loss

"Let's just say that thanks to George Thorogood and Neil Young my husband and I have great appreciation of closed captioning on TV," wrote Sandy Tarbox. "Years ago we saw George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers at the Opera House (loudest concert ever performed there).…

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Don't let this happen to you

Coming in the back way to work this morning, I noticed on the Knitting Factory marquee that George Thorogood is coming. That's fine. But now there exists the very real possibility that I am going to be hearing in my head all morning, "One bourbon,…

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How do you react to campaign mail?

A) I always vote for the candidate with a dog. B) I always vote for the candidate with a smiling family. C) I always vote for the candidate surrounded by a hyper-diverse assortment of rapt admirers. D) I always vote for the candidate who served…

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The bicyclist's dilemma

Anyone riding a bike on city streets around here routinely encounters motorists inappropriately stopping and offering to yield the right of way at intersections. It seems safe to assume that the majority are just being nice. But it does present a problem. If you accept…

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