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The Slice archive for July 2011


I would never say that to a dog

I had started doing this thing where, when I encountered family dogs tied up outside a store or lolling in a front yard alone, I told them "Don't let 'em go to hell." This is an allusion to an episode of "The Twilight Zone" in…

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

Something that always cracks me up 

Once in a while, some nice person will call me and say something like this. "I was wondering if, in your column tomorrow, you could..." Well, no, I couldn't. Because of the features section's production schedule, I write The Slice several days in advance. For…

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At the risk of painting with a broad brush 

I'm tempted to suggest that the free spirits you see riding bikes on sidewalks downtown, in clear violation of a civic ordinance, are the biggest bunch of strung-out, unwashed losers this side of cop cars' back seats. The fact that they never wear helmets is…

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Who was your favorite FNL character?

The pensive young man below might make my Top 5. But the real reasons I'm using his picture are: 1. I have been waiting for someone to note my seemingly gratuitous use of pictures of fetching females. And this could be seen as an equal-space…

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Some of my readers have book learnin' 

Here's a note from Monique Lillard, who teaches at the University of Idaho. She now has my permission to write to me anytime she wants. "Your column reminded me of the Iliad, where Homer describes all the towns that sent warriors, and has a line…

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If we can put a man on the moon... 

Some of us like to launch self-improvement regimens on significant dates. And one of the classics is coming right up. The anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969 is this Wednesday. And what better day to begin your drive to lose 10 pounds, stand…

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If you look real closely

You might be able to make out that both these bottles and the can below say "Spokane Brewery." Why should you care? No reason, really. But me, I get a kick out of this sort of thing. And it's my blog, though the truth is…

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Just wondering 

Which population has a higher percentage of those who enjoy shooting at highway signs -- residents of Eastern Washington or those living in North Idaho?

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Powerful coalition waiting to happen

Though at times they can seem like adversaries, bike riders and dog walkers are actually natural allies. For one thing, they both recognize that not everybody wants to spend 100 percent of their outdoor time in cars. And secondly, they both tend to realize that…

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You know when I said one of my colleagues had an idea for a promotional campaign for the newspaper based on photos of good-looking people reading the SR? Well, I misunderstood. His idea is to hire attractive individuals to read the paper in public places,…

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Any of his relatives still around here? 

According to a couple of potentially accurate accounts on the Web, the first patent for an electric bug zapper was issued to William H. Frost of Spokane in 1910. So why didn't we become the bug zapper capital of the world? I didn't find anything…

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