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The Slice: Uncovering pockets full of memories

You never know what you will find in the pockets of a garment that hasn’t been worn in a while.

“When cleaning out closets, I found my husband’s suit,” wrote Linda Crump. “He passed away in 1994.”

Before donating it, she went through the pockets. She found a booklet from their daughter’s wedding 15 years ago and a mint from The Coeur d’Alene Resort, where they had dinner afterward.

Speaking of weddings, Dina Jones and her husband Kevin were at one a couple of years ago when he reached into a pocket in his sport coat and found what looked like a folded handkerchief.

“Upon closer inspection we realized it was our son’s christening bonnet which Kevin had removed after the ceremony,” said Dina. “That baby is now 18.”

•True or false: In Spokane, there’s such a thing as the Marmot Curse. It portends bad luck and financing problems for real estate developers who take aggressive steps to eradicate the rodents prior to site prep and construction.

•Felines interfering with personal hygiene protocols, continued: “I had one of my cats go between my legs while I had Nair on them,” wrote Janelle Baker.

She was about to step into the shower and had no clothes on. But that didn’t stop Baker from chasing the pet through the house. She wanted to keep the cat from licking the depilatory and possibly getting sick, or having the Nair do its thing and cost the animal a patch of fur.

“I finally got him with a wet washrag,” said Baker.

•Finish this sentence: “I like Spokane, but … ”

A) There sure are a lot of weather weenies here. B) I just don’t get the obsession with tartar sauce. C) It can be a bit Orwellian. D) It sure is a long way from the rest of my family. E) I don’t understand why more people aren’t alarmed about the dropout rate. F) I’ve about had it with the letters to the editor. G) A few more “Stop” signs wouldn’t hurt. H) What’s with the people who wear sunburns like a badge of honor? I) That doesn’t mean there aren’t times when this city drives me crazy. J) Other.

•Sometimes I just have to say “no”: Schoolteacher Carol Nelson takes dance classes at The Crossroads club in Post Falls. She suspects she would score a free lesson if she got me to mention the place in print.

Sorry, Carol. That would violate The Slice’s ethics code.

•Today’s Slice question: How much time do you spend looking at some kind of electronic screen each day?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail For previous Slice columns, see columnists. Alaska’s legislature is considering renaming Groundhog Day “Marmot Day.”

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