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The Slice archive for Nov. 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

How does your office party compare?

The partners at Spokane's Magner Sanborn consulting group are taking their whole crew to Las Vegas for 16 hours of pre-Christmas celebrating. Let's hope this results in some frolic and antics that, as they say, have to "stay in Las Vegas."

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"Walking around like he's 50 years old" 

That's how GU basketball coach Mark Few described one of his banged-up players in a story by Jim Meehan this morning. I hadn't realized that 50 was the point at which a person's gait begins to resemble that of Grandpa on "The Real McCoys." Guess…

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"This is dry as a bone" Was watering the tree ever your job as a kid? It was tempting to believe that if you took that responsibility seriously you could keep the tree "alive" forever.

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Annual zone-out on schedule again

In case you wondered, the answer is "Yes." According to its online program schedule, the Syfy channel will once again serve up a "Twilight Zone" marathon on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. If you do not like TZ, you are not required to watch. But…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

The firewood code of honor 

You know how it is. If you leave something of any value outside and don't have it bolted down, someone will steal it. Sometimes even bolting it down isn't enough. But I can think of one exception. A Spokane store I visit several times a…

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Spokane vs. North Idaho definition

Maybe I'm wrong. That's happened. But years of hearing people on both sides of the state line use the expression has left me with the opinion that Spokane residents have a different definition of "mom jeans" than people in North Idaho. I'll be happy to…

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Plaid flannel shirts are making comeback 

You say you were not aware that they had ever really gone out of fashion? Well, that's a good point. But you have to understand. The key to trend-spotting is a willingness to simply make declarations and then wait. A Margaret Atwood novel comes to…

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If you have adolescent boys at home 

You might ask them whatever became of the Nordstrom lingerie catalog that arrived in the mail this week. I realize the Internet offers many options when it comes to admiring the feminine form. But perhaps some lads are traditionalists and still hold print in high…

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Agree or disagree 

The Slice has addressed this several times over the years. But something I overheard this morning reminded me of the subject. It is one of my 1,000 favorite topics. When you are at an airport in another city, can you find the gate for the…

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Does The Incredible Hulk have genitals? 

A friend of mine had that conversation with his young son this week. Though in their exchange, I believe the term of the moment was "ding-dong." I'm not sure what they finally decided. But the question raises additional issues. Is the Hulk's junk green? Does…

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"Vision Quest" sing-along 

Seeing that there is going to be another "Sound of Music" sing-along here in late December made we wonder if any of the movies filmed in Spokane could be given the sing-along treatment. Probably not. I mean, how many people actually know the words to…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Literal pieces of history  

There's a white-haired Spokane man whose older brother died in 1943 when his B-17 collided in midair with an on-fire German fighter over The Netherlands. I have talked to this gentleman several times over the years. I know he's on the level. But I hadn't…

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