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The Slice archive for April 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

It never fails 

Approximately 100 percent of the time that readers counsel me to stay away from controversial topics, it is in response to the expression of an opinion in The Slice with which they do not agree. Of course, the thing some readers don't realize is that…

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Way-back machine 

Ever looked carefully at a map of a place where you lived as a kid and realized the area had several interesting natural and historical attractions -- all of which were not on your radar when you were a child?

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Did you go to your high school prom? 

What are your memories? We didn't have proms when I was in high school in the 1970s. They were considered too corporate or something. There were teachers and administrators who interpreted this as student apathy. But that wasn't quite right. We cared deeply about not…

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Another great use of newspapers 

If you don't use a certain bedroom ceiling fan during the winter, you will want to carefully dust the blades before firing it up again in the spring. You already knew that. But if you don't have a handy tarp to place over the bed…

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Dogs riding in the backs of pickups 

What do you think when you see that? A) "How cute." B) "Isn't that actually illegal in Washington?" C) "It's probably not all that safe but I know the dogs love it." D) "The driver must not be especially familiar with the concept of sudden…

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Some time before next Saturday, someone will call me or send an email asking if I knew that a Montana horse named Spokane won the Kentucky Derby in 1889. As it happens, I do know that. But it's never a bad idea to review.

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100% chance of sprinklers 

If you are still half asleep when you first look out a window early in the morning, it's possible to momentarily think it rained overnight when, in fact, you were just seeing a puddle created by the automatic sprinkler system.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Idaho Tourism responds to blog post 

A state public relations official in Boise sent me a note saying they like to think of the state more in terms of James Bond than "Deliverance," which I referred to yesterday in a blog post. Then there was this.

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Being loopy after anesthesia 

A colleague's daughter had wisdom teeth extracted today. Apparently when the girl started to come around after the procedure, she was convinced that her tongue had been removed and that her mother was an imposter. How have people in your family acted when coming out…

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The autograph During the time that my father was stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in the 1960s, my family lived in a nondescript suburb outside Dayton, Ohio. One afternoon, a rumor circulated among the boys on our street that a major league baseball player was…

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Just wondering 

Never mind being realistic. Pay no attention to market sustainability or seats-filling logic. This is just making a wish. If you could wave your magic wand and create a daily nonstop flight from Spokane to any city in the U.S. or Canada, what destination city…

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In tomorrow's Slice column

I'll have a couple of entertaining answers to that question about when an organization's email address conventions create unintended results. Here's one I didn't feel comfortable using in print because I thought the person named might actually see it and I don't wish to appear…

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Would you OK a knowledge swap? 

I suppose many of us are masters of at least a few trivia categories. For instance, I have fairly decent familiarity with a couple of limited aspects of sports and pop music. But I have often thought I would gladly trade that knowledge for an…

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Fears about appearance swept aside

Regular visitors to this little dance party might recall when I mentioned that my rain hat is a Detroit Tigers cap. That was before the start of the baseball season. At that time I noted my concern that wearing this hat might invite strangers to…

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