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The Slice archive for June 2011

MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011





Press conferences that wouldn't happen 

Sorry about the picture quality. But the show's premise was iffy, too. In a 2002 episode of "Frasier," the Spokane media turn out to meet Dr. Crane after the announcement that his Seattle radio show will air in Spokane, too. This was in an episode...

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A note from a friend

"Hi Paul, "Hope you had a great vacation. Didn't see you at Hoopfest so wanted to relay what I thought was the best public-address comment of the weekend. "Preceding the playing of the national anthem on Sunday a.m. the announcer implored the Hoopfest masses to...

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Have your answer ready

Did you do Hoopfest? 1, "Define 'Do.' " 2. "Yes, but I fouled out." 3. "Yes. My team won in the over-40 Passive Aggressives." 4. "No, but I came in second at Ironwoman." 5. "I can't remember." 6. "Was that this past weekend?" 7. "Not...

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One danger of unstructured time off

That would be coming in after getting some exercise and rediscovering daytime TV. "The Sopranos" on A&E, to be precise. Sure, it seemed like cleaning up the mob drama's language for basic cable would ruin the classic HBO show. Remember the sanitized version of "Glengarry...

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Maybe it sounded like an upscale mall

A Spokane woman was heading home on a Delta flight from the Twin Cities. Seated next to her was a pleasant woman coming here for a job interview. Naturally, the job candidate was curious about Spokane. So the two of them got to talking. Apparently...

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Slug eater update

Readers of the print Slice column might remember an item a couple of weeks ago about a slug-hunting feline named Genevieve. The gooey story was told by a high school girl named Allyson, who is the little sister of the cat's owner. Well, the other...

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Take me out to the ballgame

The only game I've seen at Boston's Fenway Park was preceded by a bit of local color right outside the stadium. A gentleman with one of those hard, plaster casts on his arm struck another fellow across the forehead with the aforementioned therapeutic encasement. The...

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Three things

1. If you now go an entire summer without getting even one grass stain, maybe you need to rethink your approach to the season. 2. One reason there is sometimes tension between Spokane area natives and transplants is that natives occasionally want to declare that...

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Forecast calls for mild frustration

When reading print editions of newspapers published in other states, I always look to see if Spokane is in the list of cities on the weather page. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't. I'm always pleased by the former, mildly disappointed by the latter. But...

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Tradition vs. doing it the modern way

We all know you can buy tents now that virtually spring into shape the moment you pull them out of the bag. But is that really camping? Shouldn't there be a little suspense about finding all the parts? And wouldn't you miss hearing Uncle Roy...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011


FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011


Slice answer

Spokane's Larry Woodard still has the first trophy he ever won, back in 1961. It's a little wooden block with a pencil for a flag pole and a small flag sporting the initials of the elementary school he attended in California. He's not sure if...

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Re: Farmer's tans

That discussion in the print Slice prompted Maria Washington to note that sometimes a farmer's tan is actually a cyclist's tan. John Petrofski made the case that sometimes it's a fisherman's tan. And as far as being a reliable predictor of how someone will vote,...

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