I had not met Jim Clanton in person until this afternoon.
But the retired Spokane Valley accountant has been in my column a couple dozen times.
It was a pleasure to thank him up close for the good stuff he has sent me over the years.
One of Jim's strengths is answering Slice questions with pithy observations and recollections drawn from his own life.
Here's an example from Jan. 9, 2011.
After you slipped and fell, when did you realize you were injured: "The second I regained consciousness," said Jim Clanton.
Then there was this, from Nov. 7, 2013.
Dogs and Kitchen Floors Department: In Jim Clanton's house, there is a pull-out cutting board at the end of some kitchen cabinets.
"For 17 years our previous dog, Luke, would assume a sitting position to the right and a bit behind the cutting board."
This allowed Luke to grab any morsels that accidentally or otherwise fell off the cutting board.
Then Luke passed away. The Clantons eventually acquired Poco, a dog they have had for about six years now.
"Poco sits in exactly the same place as Luke, right down to the nanometer. It's like there is some cosmic dog-butt attractant force at that particular spot on our kitchen floor."