Tara Bartle worked at the Spokane Valley Minuteman Press during the period when she was planning her spring ‘97 wedding to Shane Criddle.
As a gift, her colleagues volunteered to print her invitations.
But when it came time to show Tara the finished product featuring a picture of the happy couple, her friends pulled a fast one. Before presenting her with the real thing, they showed the bride-to-be a doctored version of the invitation.
It was, well, pretty scary.
Graphic designer Jodi McSparrin had started with a computerized version of the original photo and had taken a few unflattering liberties.
But according to Janie Calkins Rumberger, one of the print shop’s owners, Tara took it well. In fact, she ended up sending a few of the gag invitations to relatives as a joke.
“She’s a great sport,” said Rumberger.
Good luck, Kristi: One might argue that the Swell Paper already pays more than enough attention to the doings at St. John’s Cathedral. But we’re not going to let that stop us from sending along our best wishes to the Rev. Canon Kristi Philip. On Sunday, she said an emotional good-bye to the congregation she has served with compassion and grace for 12 years. She’s taking a new job with the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane.
We’ve always taken pride in telling people that she used to be a newspaper reporter.
Happy Canada Day: And as we like to point out each year, this is also Second Half Day/Second Chance Day. That’s for people who didn’t stick with their New Year’s Resolutions during the first six months of the year.
OK, we’ll go first. The Slice resolves to take a hard look in the mirror when it comes to our tendency to criticize the habit of making sweeping generalizations about Spokane.
A reader overheard someone say this at Costco and found herself thinking that it’s really summer: “Do we have enough life jackets?”
Coeur d’Alene’s Bill Frey suggests: Instead of calling North Idaho “Area 51,” it should be “Area 86.”
“Because that’s how the rest of the state feels about us.”
Today’s Slice question: In recognition of this individual’s relentless adding of fuel to the fire (a clear violation of safety instructions), what local backyard griller has earned the title “Lighter Fluid King/Queen of the Inland Northwest”?
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