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The Slice archive for July 2011


Attending concerts that impaired hearing 

"In the late '80s, Dana and I attended an Oingo Boingo concert at the Union Station in Seattle," wrote my friend Vince Eberly. "It was an old train station that was made of marble. Everything bounced around so much, and even Danny Elfman, the lead…

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Everybody's heard about the bird 

"I was driving on a fairly busy street," wrote a woman who told me her name but asked that I not print it. "Two teenage girls were walking toward me on the sidewalk on my right. And just before I drove past them one of…

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The perfect equation 

It has been quite a few years since "The Wonder Years" went off the air. Oh, you can still see it in reruns on obscure cable channels or on DVD. If you want, that is. Frankly, aspects of the show have not aged all that…

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Here's something for women to try 

If you are within shouting distance of a guy who has been around the block a few times, do this. Ask him, "What immediately comes to mind when you hear a reference to neatsfoot oil?" If he doesn't answer, "Breaking in a baseball glove," I…

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Just wondering 

If -- in a truly unexpected sequence of events -- you were named news director at a Spokane TV station, what would be your rule about what qualifies as "Breaking News" and what doesn't?

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Multiple-choice quiz When you see someone using one of these things, what's usually your first thought? A) He likes toys that make a lot of noise. B) Thanks for worsening our air quality. C) Gee, I wish I had me one of them. D) So you…

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Some things change and some do not

The Seattle Seahawks no longer hold preseason training camp in Cheney. But countless people still talk on cell phones while driving. A whole bunch of guys still offer as original analysis things they heard last night on ESPN. There are still so-called rugged Westerners who…

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Can you tolerate country music? 

That would seem to be a question that ought to be asked of those applying for jobs as roofers in Spokane. Years of walking or riding a bike to and from work at this time of year have given me countless opportunities to eavesdrop on…

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What is your favorite lake name?

You'll notice I didn't say it had to be an Inland Northwest lake. So I'll start with one of my favorites, Lake Memphremagog. It's in Vermont and Quebec. Someone else can grapple with the whole question of whether you hyphenate Jump Off Joe Lake.

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Feedback on today's print Slice 

Heard from a reader bright and early who took issue with something I said in today's Slice. I had suggested that a Little League pitcher who realizes a batter cannot handle his fastball should keep throwing fastballs and not start varying speeds. "That's not pitching,"…

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Play "The Dirty Dozen" Spokane game

Consider a few of the key characters in the 1967 action feature. What, theoretically speaking, are the chances they could have come from Spokane? Let's use a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 meaning "Totally plausible that this guy could have come from Spokane." I'll go first.…

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