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The Slice archive for July 2011


Here's the scenario 

You're out walking in downtown Spokane. You see someone coming who looks familiar. You can't place him. But you are pretty sure you have crossed paths with this person at one time or another. So you say "Hello." And Mystery Man just walks on by…

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Spokane's gift to St. Louis media critics

I'm told that since moving to Missouri from Spokane a few years ago, TV anchor Virginia Kerr has been a treat for those in the St. Louis media who enjoy commenting on the marriages, divorces and what have you of local on-air personalities. Apparently one…

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Re: bugging or not bugging celebrities 

In the summer of 1976, the final elimination bouts to determine who would make the U.S. Olympic boxing team were held in Burlington, Vermont. The city was chosen, I assume, because of its proximity to Montreal, site of the '76 games. Anyway, I was in…

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Speaking of the river and downtown 

British Columbia resident Fred Tenisci recalled being down in Spokane for a 1999 Neil Young concert here. Before the show, Tenisci happened to encounter the singer walking along the Spokane River downtown. "He was obviously avoiding pesty crowds so we couldn't chat." Maybe it's true…

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Slice answer 

What did your visitors from out of town think of the downtown river falls? "We had friends visiting from Idaho Falls two weeks ago," wrote Mark and Darlene O'Bleness. "Thought it would be nice to go downtown to look at the falls. When walking through…

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Answer me this 

Why do you think state and regional magazines seem to come and go in the Northwest while Texas Monthly sails on decade after decade?

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Watching the Tour de France on TV 

You notice... 1. The riders aren't burdened with the weight of a lot of upper-body muscle. 2. The ability to complete mountain stages seems almost superhuman. 3. France apparently has slightly tougher sign codes than Spokane. 4. Nobody over there would be all that impressed…

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Two for Tuesday 

1. If a person is willing to walk a bit, anyone can find shade to park in. But those who claim true excellence in the shade-parking arts also factor in the angle of the sunlight in the hours to come. 2. One thing Independence Day…

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A theory 

Perhaps some of us romanticize listening to baseball on the radio because it's one way to avoid seeing the constant spitting.

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MONDAY, JULY 4, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011

Here's why I treasure Slice readers 

"Dear Paul," began an email from Mary Cayer, a Spokane accountant and longtime contributor to my print column. "I don't want you to feel sad because not many people have been posting comments on your blog. Just be patient." Isn't that nice? People can be…

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