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The Slice Non-Bloomies Prepare Polish For Best Long-Running Excuses

A glance at the calendar should be all the reminder anyone needs.

Yes, it’s time for the majority of people around here who don’t do Bloomsday to start preparing for the big day. Friends and co-workers are going to ask if you plan to take part. And when you say that you aren’t, they are going to want to know why.

What’s the best way to answer?

Our pick: “You mean it’s compulsory this year?”

Be there, be there: For information about the Spokane Soap Box Derby races, which will be held in June, call (509) 455-9651.

Did you ever see the episode of “The Simpsons” that includes a Soap Box Derby theme? We think it was one of that show’s five best ever.

Complete this phrase: “March comes in like a marmot and ….”

Then again, nobody forced you to marry him: “A man who leaves the dinner table saying, ‘Great meal, honey,’ might be surprised to learn his wife’s ego needs still haven’t been met.” - from an article titled “The Secrets of Lasting Love” in the current issue of Modern Bride

Of course, a guy like that, well, he’s got a lot of surprises ahead of him.

Slice answers: Who is hardest to reach on the phone? By a wide margin, the top response was variations on “Someone at US West who can answer a question.”

She just wants to say thanks: Clayton’s Tricia Yaeger was in Spokane for medical appointments when she lost an envelope containing a $275 check that was a payment due at its destination soon. She fretted. But in a couple of days she learned that whoever found it had put a stamp on the envelope and mailed it.

Correction: We said 104-year-old Mabel McCrea saw her 26th Leap Year birthday this week. Make it 25. There wasn’t a Feb. 29 in 1900. And one name on that list should have been T.J. Flodin.

Warm-up question (for teenagers only): What’s the most annoying thing adults do when you call a friend’s house and a parent answers?

Today’s Slice question: Do freshly transplanted newcomers from more racially diverse parts of the country still find themselves actively noticing how relatively few minorities there are around these parts or is that no longer a fact of life hereabouts?

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MEMO: The Slice appears Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098.

The Slice appears Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098.

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