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The Slice: Teen doesn’t know what she’s saying

High school senior Karen Gover has a friend named Michelle who sometimes gets common sayings or expressions turned around. One day at school, Michelle asked Karen if she wanted part of her lunch. Karen declined. And Michelle replied, “Oh well, shoot yourself.”

Karen looked at her friend and asked her to repeat that. “She did so rather cautiously and then I burst out laughing,” wrote Gover. “I explained to her that the saying was ‘suit yourself.’ I still tease her about it.”

Another sort of confusion: “Last year, my sister mixed up her checks,” wrote Carol Nelson of Coeur d’Alene. “She sent my son a $500 Visa payment and sent his $10 birthday check to Visa. You should have seen my son’s eyes when he looked at the check amount.”

Eventually, it all got straightened out. But for one brief, shining moment, Nelson’s son thought he was in the money.

It’s a dry heat: Marianne Fischer said “straight hair” is the biggest downside to our area’s lack of humidity.

“The nasty little splits in the skin of my fingertips” was Bob Stallman’s answer.

Kathy Weber said low humidity makes it a challenge to maintain a “dewy, young complexion.”

And Tom Stanley, who grew up in southwestern Ohio, was another who said there is absolutely no downside.

But Dave Stone in Harrison, Idaho, said people around here don’t really understand what low humidity is. He and his wife recently returned to North Idaho after living in Sparks, Nev., for three years. He wrote: “You can feel the air there sucking the moisture right from your body.”

Two for Tuesday:

1. So is “Cheating is OK” the lesson of that one Hummer commercial?

2. It’s kind of entertaining when someone on Spokane public radio refers to the stations as “smart radio” and then botches the name of a nationally prominent figure.

Slice answers and feedback: Mary Farley said radio’s Molly Allen or Teresa Lukens would make fine kids-show hosts.

Laurie Eash said her husband is one of those guys who “has a thing” for the Food Network’s Rachael Ray. But she’s not complaining. “He bought me a fine, expensive German-made knife, just like Rachael Ray’s.”

Shirl Foien said supply and demand shapes the housing market. But she noted that an earthquake creating oceanfront property near Spokane could change everything in a hurry.

And Roy Myers in Electric City, Wash., explained how you can tell whether a man read DC or Marvel comics as a boy. “Simple. If he acts like a grown-up and does something productive for a living, he read DC. If he is underemployed after spending six years getting a liberal arts B.A., lives with his parents and is ‘working’ on a novel or screenplay that he will never finish, he read ‘the thinking man’s comics’ from Marvel.”

Today’s Slice question: Could you do a decent cartwheel?

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