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The Slice archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

All aboard 2

After being at the train station early this morning, I've been thinking I'm in the mood to watch a train movie. Time magazine came up with a list of the 10 best last year. "Strangers on a Train." "The Great Train Robbery." "Silver Streak." "The…

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Bloom alert

Often when I correspond with Wayne Pomerleau, it's about our favorite movie Westerns. But this time, he had something else on his mind. "The bushes are coming into bloom in the Lilac Garden at Manito Park," he wrote. "If your readers wait half a month…

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All aboard

"Spokane Intermodal Facility" might be one of the more blah names you'll ever encounter. But inside, there's a sign that has to be among the most evocative: "To Trains."

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Play along at home

Today's Slice column involves replacing 40 animal references in song titles with "Marmot" or "Marmots." You know. "I've Got a Marmot By the Tail." And so on. But by no means did I exhaust the possibilities. So I invite you to try your hand at…

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Ever consider booing the audience? 

Went to see "Bridesmaids" over the weekend at RPS. There's a scene where the woman at the center of the story is at her mother's home watching the 2000 Tom Hanks movie, "Cast Away." She reacts emotionally to a wrenching scene involving the born-of-isolation friendship…

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Gettin' nostalgic with it 

Slice reader Eric Rieckers weighed in on bygone Spokane movie theaters. "I miss the State (now Bing Crosby) Theater. My grandma lived across the street above the old Travo's (now Agave) and she took me to see 'High Anxiety' there in 1977. I was 8…

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Slice Group Retail Consulting

Is it too much to ask that I be allowed to enter or exit Rite Aid without the sensors at the door setting off accusatory-sounding beeping? Maybe it's just me. I can see the store employees wanting to know when someone is coming in or…

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By any other name

The other day, I mentioned the practice of referring to neighbors by nicknames. That prompted a note from a South Hill waitress. "We have plenty of code names for some of our customers," she wrote. Among the examples she shared were "The good son," "Bionic…

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Thursday bonus nonsense

On "The Big Valley," Audra Barkley was known for saying: A) "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges." B) "I've heard that you're a low-down Yankee liar." C) "Who ARE those guys?" D) "Good morning, mother."

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40th anniversary looming

It was over a long Fourth of July weekend in 1971 that the Universal Life Church "picnic" took place at North Idaho's Farragut State Park. It was actually a multi-band rock concert and celebration of what someone once described as "a morally casual attitude." Some…

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Slice answer

Today's Slice column in print included a multiple-choice exercise in which readers of a certain age were asked to characterize their role during dodgeball back in school. Ashley Steinhart selected the last option, "Other." "Non-violent Peace Protestor," she wrote. "Hell NO, I won't GO! Threw…

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Doing the wave

Now in my fourth year of three-season bicycle commuting, I've gotten to where I can usually tell when another Spokane cyclist is not going to return a friendly wave. So I have pretty much abandoned the practice of acknowledging bike riders decked out in such…

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