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The Slice archive for Feb. 2012

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Drink Like a Champion Today

As the T-shirt says. I had challenged readers to come up with a drinking game based on watching Spokane TV news. I'm not really encouraging people to mindlessly consume alcohol. I just wondered what readers might suggest. And a friend, who noted that if this…

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Characterizations of Spokane Department

Slice reader Bob Curry tipped me to one that showed up in Sunday's Seattle Times. It appears in a story about the Bainbridge Island Police Department. "Bainbridge is as white as Spokane, nearly as liberal as Seattle and more moneyed than Bellevue."

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Good cats, bad cats and one great cat

Tuesday's Slice column looking at the differences between a "good kitty" and a "bad kitty" prompted a fair amount of feedback. Here's a small sampling. "I enjoyed your article," wrote Steve Judy of Spokane. "However, isn't the whole 'good kitty' vs. 'bad kitty' kind of…

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March Madness

Sean Davis saw the Slice question asking whether people who have no interest in college basketball sort of dread March. "I despise it so much I wish I could be put into a coma till it is all over," he wrote. "February is bad enough…

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Remember this? Somebody probably still makes it. But I haven't bought any in decades. Once upon a time, though, I couldn't get enough of this stuff. It was like a minor addiction. I'd cram all five sticks in my mouth and chew like crazy.. The flavor…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2012

Do all University of Oregon alums have... 

"Animal House" stories? I realize relatively few were actually enrolled at the school during the filming. Still, I could imagine saying things like... "My dorm was in the scene where..." Or "You know that building where Belushi was on the steps..." Or "One of my…

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Agree or disagree 

It's possible to draw up a personality profile based on whether a person takes out the trash the night before or the morning of pickup day. Night-before people: Tend to be good listeners, reject politically motivated suggestions that they should see themselves as oppressed victims…

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Did any classmates wear these? You pounded them into the heels of your shoes. As I recall, they were popular back around the fifth grade among lads seeking to project an image of toughness and a certain minimum-wage future. I remember that they did make a distinctive "Hood in…

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49 years ago on "The Twilight Zone"

In an episode called "Printer's Devil," a journalistic jack-of-all-trades played by Burgess Meredith arrives in town just in time to save a struggling newspaper. But at what price? This episode, first airing on Feb. 28, 1963, is notable for scenes in which the new…

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You can't lose them all 

There are several different kinds of sports fans that I regard as asses. One is the Chatty Cathy who bores innocent people with unsolicited talk about his team when the wins are piling up, but then turns silent as a cloistered monk when that team…

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MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2012

Just wondering 2

When someone sends you a snippy email that begins "In the future..." is it possible to not write back (or at least think), in so many words, "In the future, please go commit an anatomically impossible sex act on yourself"?

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Dining on a harbinger of spring

I have been hearing from Slice readers today about all the robins in our area right now. Reminded me of a Slice item from Sept. 13, 2003. Here it is: Take my advice. Never assume that you've heard all of your family's stories countless times.…

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"Thanks for the coat referesher," was the subject line of an email from Steve Klatt about Friday's Slice column. "Had to smile Saturday when assisting several older women with their coats at my great-grandmother-in-law's 100th birthday celebration and thinking of your column. Even cracked a…

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