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The Slice: Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside

In a certain Spokane household, cosmetics are referred to as “cosmeteticals” because Eva Gabor once said that in an episode of “Green Acres.”

What’s an example of intentional misspeaking in your family?

People are swell: Mary Anne Will let the driver of a tan Suburban change lanes and pull in front of her so that the vehicle’s passengers could get out in front of The Fox. Then that driver put the Suburban in reverse and slammed into the front of Will’s car before driving off.

Will’s new license plate holder cost her $43.25.

It has 122,000 miles on it: “I was just wondering,” wrote Aleta Ostlie. “Since one of our years equals seven years to a dog, how old do you think my 1993 Jeep Cherokee is in car years?”

Slice answers: “When I was in college, I worked downtown and parked at meters almost daily,” wrote Lisa Denker. “I think I have purchased several parking meters for the city of Spokane.”

In any event, she can report that she did purchase one from the city.

When the meters were being replaced a few years ago, she bought an old one. She uses it as yard art.

Several readers said the amount they have spent feeding meters is nothing compared to what they have paid for parking tickets over the years.

And in the matter of people assuming everyone shares their politics, The Slice heard from a bookstore cashier who said she encounters that when ringing up certain purchases for customers.

“You kind of have to pretend that you agree with them,” she said.

Warm-up questions: What local social service program has the most self-righteous volunteers? What is the favorite adjective of eagle watchers?

Today’s Slice question: What Spokane area frequent flier has logged the most air miles without ever using a restroom on a plane?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail A case could be made that a gray cat named Smokey (also called Einstein) ought to be considered an honorary staffer at Spokane Public Schools’ Libby Center.

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