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The Slice So Did We Really Expect I.Q. To Match Air Fare?

A Gonzaga University law student was on a flight far from here and found himself next to an oral surgeon and his wife, who were cranky because they had been bumped from first class.

The Lilac City came up and the doctor all but insisted that the correct pronunciation was “Spo-cane.”

Not trusting the GU student on this, he turned to his wife and asked how she would pronounce it. “I wouldn’t,” she huffed.

Poor dear. Flying in coach must have been brutal for her.

She thought he’d said “comment”: Naomi Burland, 9, was puzzled after her father mentioned that a comet would be visible in the sky. So she had to ask. “Well, what’s it going to say?”

Slice answer: Cindy Mitchell knows that one of the things that can happen after throwing the TV remote control is buying a new one.

Ultimate Inland Northwest putdown: “Are you from California?” - Mary McDonnell, Chewelah

The good old days: Hayden’s Sara Weber was a teacher’s aide when she observed a boy in kindergarten examine his pencil after the point snapped off. “Boy, they sure don’t make ‘em like they used to,” he said.

One story IN Life missed: We were looking over a stranger’s shoulder as he paged through a Montana weekly newspaper. One headline caught our eye: “How to Yell Good.”

Showing restraint: A Spokane Valley reader reported that her neighbor fires up his leaf-blower early in the morning so he can do some ridiculous yard-tidying. “It sounds like a cross between a jet engine and dentist’s drill,” she said. “My husband wants to shoot him, but I told him that’s illegal.”

Nobody asked, but: 1. Willingness to park illegally seems a poor way to show assertiveness. 2. If you haven’t looked at a comic book since the ‘60s, you might not recognize today’s generation. 3. Don’t let toddlers run with drinking straws in their mouths.

Warm-up questions: What’s the Inland Northwest’s most popular home remodeling project? Have you ever heard someone from Seattle refer to this area as “the Outback”? When you are out of town, do you check out the trees and imagine what damage a major ice storm would inflict? Is all elevator talk boring?

Today’s Slice question: A television drama set in a Spokane hospital would be called what?

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Drawing

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. If you went to grade school at Cooper Elementary in Spokane, call 353-4498 to find out about the upcoming “Alumni Day.”

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. If you went to grade school at Cooper Elementary in Spokane, call 353-4498 to find out about the upcoming “Alumni Day.”

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