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Sometimes, happiness just kicks in

Paul Turner The Spokesman-Review

Some friends of mine took their son to college in Seattle the other day.

The boy has a cross-country/track scholarship and was assigned to an athletes’ dorm floor.

Riding the elevator up to his room, he spoke of not knowing anyone and generally sounded a bit blue. This was making his mom sad.

But when the elevator doors opened, the Spokane family encountered the entire women’s soccer team about to head down for practice.

The lad’s spirits seemed to perk up right then and there.

•Here are two theories for some of the free-range hostility one sometimes encounters in Spokane: 1. Belief that anyone with a halfway decent income is part of a class-warfare conspiracy.

2. White bigots perpetually frustrated and angry because they want to blame every local social ill on minorities even though that’s not even remotely plausible in this area.

•Just wondering: How long were your summer houseguests at your place before they asked to use your computer?

•The quintessential Spokane compliment: Greg Johnson and Bob Neubauer had the same idea: “You’re not from around here, are you?”

Charlie Lee suggested, “Nice truck.”

•Two for Tuesday: 1. Did you catch the thumbs-up mention of Spokane radio station KYRS on Bill Moyers’ PBS show?

2. What do musical performers think when they learn they have been booked into a place called Greyhound Park Amphitheater?

•Slice answers: Pretty much anything Kathryn Bonnett cooks for her family elicits an unhappy face and a “What’s that smell?” from her 6-year-old son.

Curt Olsen said his wife’s red beans and cabbage casserole has been known to prompt that question from other family members.

And Kristi Luntzel said anything she prepares that is not Kraft macaroni and cheese can lead to that disapproving query from her 10-year-old son.

•”It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”: Is that even more true in Spokane than in other places you’ve lived?

•Slice answer: Mack Stanhope up in tiny Marcus, Wash., takes eight pills at a time by just tossing ‘em down the hatch and taking a swig of fruit juice. “It drives my wife crazy because she has to work at getting each individual pill down,” he wrote.

Don’t forget that the annual Marcus CiderFest is Saturday, Oct. 6.

•Today’s Slice question (for mothers): How did you tell the father that you were pregnant?

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