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Some people deserve to be trashed

By Paul Turner The Spokesman-Review

You see some jaw-dropping acts of littering in Spokane.

How can offenders be shown the error of their ways?

OK, let’s move on.

•When people see you dressed up: When Jerry Hilton lived in British Columbia, his wife, Gail, was a swimming instructor. One day, when they were at a shopping mall, a man loudly greeted Gail by saying, “I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.”

A longtime reader who asked that I not use her name shared this:

“This isn’t about someone’s reaction to seeing me dressed up but rather me seeing my ex dressed up in a beautiful suit and looking very handsome at his mother’s funeral. For about five minutes, I forgot the issues involved in ending a very long marriage and just saw this man I used to know. I wasn’t sure if, for those few minutes, I was grieving ending a relationship or a mother-in-law who I still miss every day.”

And William Carleton wrote, “When people see me really dressed up for the first time, I believe they will say, ‘Doesn’t he look natural?’ “

•Dawn of the living dead: The Slice heard from a teacher who said that she prepares an undemanding lesson plan for the day after Halloween because her pupils have come crashing down from a sugar high and are barely able to function.

•Sunday contest winner: Retiree Matthew Cunningham was the first to correctly note that there is no Buff Lane on Fairchild Air Force Base. (Bong Street is quite real.) He wins a coveted reporter’s notebook.

But Slice reader Danielle Thueringer suggested that the rules of these competitions aren’t fair to readers who don’t get around to looking at the newspaper until later in the day.

She has a point. I am mulling a new approach to determining winners.

•Catching up with Fiona: Faithful readers might recall that back in February 2004, The Slice told about how Dawn Picken’s baby came into the world with some scary medical challenges. Well, I got to visit with the KREM anchor’s daughter Friday during the Hope House fundraiser at the Doubletree. And it was an absolute delight to see that she has become one of the cutest, most appealing little kids around.

•Speaking of appealing children: You should have seen the young performers heading into the Bing Crosby Theater the other day for a program of Celtic music and dance. Hope they all had fun.

•Today’s Slice question: Neil Young in the building formerly known as the Opera House and the black-tie Pumpkin Ball next door in the Convention Center might not have been downtown’s Spokane’s oddest pairing. But what would qualify for that distinction?

Wordcount: 442
Tags: The Slice

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