We heard from several readers who reported that two things can be said about themselves:
1. Business associates regard them as mature, serious people.
2. They streaked back in the ‘70s.
Sorry. We promised not to name names.
Your pictures are ready: A colleague fly-fishing on the Spokane River in the summer of 1995 found a disposable camera in the water. Taking his time, he only recently got the film developed. But he’d like to turn over the envelope of snapshots to the rightful owners.
Anyone look familiar?
Chip in your two cents: We’re still taking comments on the best/worst I-90 exits and on-ramps between the western edge of Spokane and the east side of Coeur d’Alene. What has been your experience as a driver?
Dubious engineering achievement nomination: Murray, Idaho’s Claudia Childress told about a tricky bridge at Delta, about 11 miles north of Wallace and six miles south of Babin’s Junction. “There is a distinct angle as you approach…if you don’t slow down you’ll hit the bridge, be in the opposite lane or go in the creek.”
Out and about: Regular readers know we like to quote little kids.
So it won’t surprise anybody to learn that we enjoy eavesdropping on children. That happened just recently at a South Hill grocery store, where a little girl with an incredibly innocent voice was all excited about the idea that you could buy flowers there. But for reasons unknown to us, her parents were having a tough day. They were a long way from smiling and noting their kid’s endearing behavior. So we didn’t hang around.
Later, we got walloped with regret. Maybe what that stressed-out couple needed was to hear a stranger say “You sure have a sweet little girl.”
A few days later, at a different grocery store, we were behind a weary-looking twentysomething couple in a checkout line. A toddler sat in the middle of their cart. The child was concentrating mightily and carefully holding up various items for the checker to reach.
We smiled at this scene as obviously as humanly possible. The young man ahead of us noticed. Then he, too, smiled. He looked at the toddler and suddenly seemed happy. “Way to go, Dakota,” he said. “You’re helping.”
Sometimes it’s not hard to make a little difference.
Today’s Slice question: What makes you suspect that your neighbors are pod people?
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