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The Slice: Tough to question her drive

If you meet Kristle Remillong and hear that she and her husband are newcomers to Spokane, please do not presume to instruct her on winter driving.

She’s from North Dakota, not California or Seattle.

•Today’s “good dog” story: “My border collie, Mickey, volunteered at Gritman hospital in Moscow,” wrote Mike O’Neal. “I tagged along at the other end of the leash. Mickey performed triage on the patients. The worse off they were, the more he paid attention to them.

“One patient had suffered a severe stroke. Mickey kept working her hand, nuzzling and licking it, and when her limp hand would fall to the side, he’d get his snout under it to keep the process going.

“After a few minutes of this, the woman’s hand started to knead his fur and she opened her eyes and smiled. Her sister and a physical therapist who were present said that that was the first time she’d done so. I practically started to cry. The sister did.”

•Guilt-free: Nancy Larson, who lives near Republic, said ZIP code 99166 in Ferry County might have the densest concentration of vehicles with studded tires. “You see, with the multitude of logging trucks, we do not feel ‘blame’ for the constant road repairs.”

•In the matter of who has told the most people that Lana Turner was born in Wallace: Rick Shaffer, who leads tours in the historic Silver Valley town, said he might hold that distinction.

•Great moments in television: On this date in 1959, a four-star episode of “The Twilight Zone” called “The Lonely” first aired. It starred Jack Warden and told the story of a convict serving his sentence alone on a barren asteroid.

•Speaking of television: A visitor from another country watching American TV these days might conclude that we regard the switch to all-digital TV next year as the most momentous event in history.

•Thanksgiving traditions: “My family would say it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving unless I made hot slaw,” wrote Lee Kershner.

It’s a zesty side dish made of “wilted green cabbage, cream and vinegar.”

•Slice answer: Mary Ann Barney said a glance in her closet reveals three pair of Birkenstock sandals, two pair of SAS Comfort clogs, two pair of tennis shoes (one for dance aerobics, one for walking) and two pair of identical dress sandals.

“They are definitely smugly proclaiming my lifestyle to be ‘comfortably moderately active’ with emphasis on the word ‘comfort,’ ” she wrote.

Sounds like Spokane to me.

•Today’s Slice question: What happens when you take your eyes off a toddler for two seconds?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Show me your raking blisters.

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