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The Slice: Looks can be deceiving

While standing in a cruise embarkation line in Seattle, Rick Jones thought he recognized a man in front of him.

“Are you from Spokane?” he asked.

The guy replied with a disgusted tone, “Do I look like I’m from Spokane?”

Not anymore.

•Recalling bad back-to-school fashions: “How about ‘Flashdance’-era torn sweatshirts with the braided headbands and, to top it all off, the legwarmers,” wrote Kim Butler.

Another reader offered a sobering two-word flashback: “Gaucho pants.”

And Jeri “Nancy Sinatra” Hershberger remembers talking her mom into buying her white go-go boots back in the ‘60s. “I think I wore them twice,” she wrote.

Are you ready, boots? Start walkin’.

•Misunderstood Lyrics Department: Karin Carter’s 6-year-old, Sophie, was singing an old disco hit, “Turn the Beat Around.”

Except, instead of the line “Love to hear percussion,” Sophie sang “Love to hear construction.”

Maybe the kid is into economic development.

Anyway, Carter corrected her. But later she heard Sophie singing again and realized that the lyric had morphed into “Love to hear her cussin.’ “

Sophie must have thought it was a hip-hop song.

•Slice answers (things that interrupted intimate interludes): “A light tapping on the bedroom door and the word ‘Mommy,’ ” wrote Jan Stone.

Another reader told about a poorly timed Sunday morning call from her boss, who wanted to dictate an urgent memo. (She must have Caller I.D.)

On a family camping trip in Wyoming, Jeri McCormick and her husband had to stop what they were doing in their private tent when the kids became convinced they were hearing a bear.

And a reader who lives out in the country said there’s nothing like a volunteer fire/rescue pager going off to ruin the moment.

•Kidspeak: One of Rick Hosmer’s 6-year-old triplet daughters asked if she could listen to music on his eye patch.

He’s pretty sure she meant “iPod.”

And Estellene Shaver was picking raspberries with a 3-year-old named Macy when the little girl assessed the quality of her own labors and declared that she was “practically doing a good job.”

•Slice answer: One reader guessed that 70 percent of the Spokane area’s adult population is capable of changing a flat tire. But some of those still can’t actually accomplish this task because the auto shop that last tightened the lug nuts employed an air ratchet with an inhumanly high torque setting.

•Misspeaking: Becky Rains worked with a woman who said “moxie moron” instead of “oxymoron.”

•Warm-up question: Was hitchhiking ever safe?

•Today’s Slice question (summer rerun from 1998): What unexpected visitors have come through the pet door at your home?

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