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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

Long ago and far away

A hundred years ago, I attended a week-long summer hockey camp at which this gentleman was one of the featured instructors. I recall that he did not overly exert himself. But he didn't actually drink beer while on the ice with his young charges.…

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Leading up to the Seattle World's Fair

"I sat in my senior English classroom on the third floor of my high school -- Go, Queen Anne Grizzlies! -- and watched the Space Needle get taller and taller," wrote Sue Kassa. Merna Roberts shared this. "My apartment on Eastlake Avenue in Seattle gave…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012

"America's Sweetheart" has issues Three concerns here. 1. It would be kind of hard to skate on just the tip of one blade. 2. The joints of the leg she has in the air seem to be producing some pretty strange angles. 3. She has it bad for…

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Reconsidering 1970s song lyrics

1. "Some people say this town don't look good in snow." -- "Ventura Highway" by America What town don't, er, doesn't look good in snow? Fresh snow anyway. 2. "Just let your inhibitions run wild." -- "Tonight's the Night" by Rod Stewart Seems like that…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Ground Marmot Day is coming 

In fact, it is less than four weeks away. And just to be clear, we're talking about winter-duration forecasting rodentia, not a wildlife-based hamburger substitute. There's a new "Hog" on the weather prediction front.

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Limited visibility

Saw a car this morning being driven by someone who had bothered to scrape frost from only about 10 percent of the windshield. The driver was, in effect, peering out of a little peep hole. Submarine captains in old World War II movies could see…

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The unspoken horror of asparagus

In your household, how is the after-effect (experienced by a segment of the population) characterized? A) "The problem." B) "I have no idea what you are talking about." C) "This certainly isn't a matter any of us would wish to discuss in polite company." D)…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

Thinking of Sharks, Jets and others

When I was about 7 or 8, my teenage sister played the "West Side Story" soundtrack album something like a trillion times, give or take a few million. Everything about that obsession was off my radar. But I guess I must have absorbed the music…

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Rate yourself (multiple choice) 

How would you assess your tendency to tell the same stories over and over? A) I can't be accused of that. B) Well, they're good stories. My problem is that I cannot remember who has heard them already. C) I don't worry about it because…

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