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WSU Education Will Help Her Solve These Kinds Of Mysteries

A student just getting settled in at Washington State University was on the phone with her dad in Spokane.

She complained that it was impossible to hook the gas up to the outdoor grill she had acquired.

They talked about it. And finally her dad had to break the news that she had a grill designed to be used with charcoal briquettes.

On second thought: We meant what we said about well-off whiny young (and not-so-young) adults ragging on Spokane because they think they’re too cool for this burg.

But for others, maybe complaining about Spokane’s real and imagined shortcomings needs to be recognized for what it is - recreation.

It’s hard to imagine not being able to grouse about the lack of this or the overabundance of that now and then.

But then the question becomes this:

Who has earned the right to engage in this particular pastime?

Letters from camp: Liberty Lake’s 12-year-old Kate Bitz wrote to her mom and dad, of course. But she also wrote to the family cats, Tosca and Violet. In that letter, she asked the cats to say “Hi” to her little brother.

He lives on Wiscomb: Bill Martin wonders how many other people genuinely dislike the names of the streets on which they live.

Streets named “Spokane”: Readers report that they exist in Billings, Mont., Ireland, Australia, Kansas City, Orlando, Louisville, Detroit, Milwaukee, Modesto, Bakersfield, Dayton, Ohio, and Nome, Alaska, among other places.

Speaking of street names: A sex shop on Sprague received a piece of mail on which the street address had been written as “So. Prague.”

Old growth near Manito Park: Don Sullivan has a poplar that measures 169 inches around.

There’s a pine on Wayne Lenhart’s property that’s 130 inches.

Just wondering: Has there ever been a confrontation between an angry homeowner with an STA stop in front of his or her house and a litter-tossing bus passenger?

It says here that the summer isn’t complete until you have: Gotten together with two friends, hauled out a couple of gloves and a baseball and played hot box. You know, run-down - the game where you simulate a baserunner being trapped between third base and home.

Today’s Slice question: What Spokane location cries out for the presence of plainclothes police?

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Drawing

MEMO: The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Tomas K. Lynch, 35, reports that he has left Spokane and then moved back 10 times since coming here 17 years ago.

The Slice appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098. Tomas K. Lynch, 35, reports that he has left Spokane and then moved back 10 times since coming here 17 years ago.

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