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Monday, September 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Some just can’t handle the truth

By Paul Turner The Spokesman-Review

I‘m just wondering.

How long do transplants have to live here before they stop correcting those who describe them as being “from Spokane”?

Let’s move on.

•Downtown sidewalk scene: The other afternoon I saw this unsteady guy ogling a young woman who had walked by him. He tried to whistle but was too drunk. All that came of his efforts was a weak, wet “pfffffft.”

•Career track, No. 2: When Jan Heaton’s granddaughter Kaila was 4, she said she wanted to grow up to be a helicopter.

•Sometimes being respectful of diversity isn’t enough: Back when she was a school librarian, Mary Ann Barney noticed a kindergartner with a nametag that read “Ellajo.” Barney knew the rules of Spanish pronunciation, so she started addressing this sweet little girl as “Eeyaho.”

“One day she came up to me, put her book on the counter, looked up at me and said plaintively, ‘Mrs. Barney, my name is Ella Jo.’ “

•Something Seattle and Boise have in common: They both have terrific downtown farmers’ markets, said Slice reader Cindi John.

•Not exactly a heart of gold: Garret McQuesten saw the question about whether longtime Neil Young fans look down on those who discovered the singer/songwriter fairly recently. He suspects that they do. “But they probably have to get down off their pedestal when they realize that by now they actually look like Neil Young.”

•One local church leader reacts to watching PBS: “When did Wayne Dyer become the ‘foremost spiritual guide’?”

•Looking back on his working days: Reader Mike Storms wrote, “If you want to lower your opinion of your fellow employees, be their union president for a while.”

•Backyard apples, continued: Several readers offered to give my name and address to some of the deer who visit their property. Others noted that food banks can always use high-quality apples.

I don’t think mine would qualify. Still it’s something think about.

If you have more than six apple trees and live within certain boundaries, there’s a Spokane Rotary Club that will pick the fruit and deliver it to a food bank. Call The Slice for details.

•Today’s Slice question: What does it say about Spokane that purchasing an expensive ticket to a cultural event is viewed by some as proof that you don’t care about the poor?

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Tags: The Slice

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