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The Slice: Sounds like a fairy-tale ending for us

Slice reader Jennie Groenig has an idea.

“The Review Tower would be a wonderful site for re-enactment of the fairy tale classic, ‘Rapunzel,’ ” she wrote. “Don’t you agree? It might be hard though to find a girl with long enough golden hair for the lead role.”

She’s right. Maybe we should try “Rumpelstiltskin” or “Hansel and Gretel” instead.

The building’s exterior is, after all, made of gingerbread.

•Distant License Plates with a Local Flavor Department: Former Inland Northwesterner Jason Moan sent The Slice a photo of his personalized North Carolina license plate. It says “SPOKANE,” right under the smaller “First in Flight.”

“I don’t mind educating the masses on both the geographic location and the appropriate pronunciation,” he wrote. “You’d be surprised how many people down here have family that has lived in ‘Washington state.’ ”

•Name game: “My daughter Raena, age 21, was named after a character in an original ‘Star Trek’ episode – ‘Requiem for Methuselah,’ ” wrote Laura Parsons.

That’s not a bad name.

Of course, Parsons eventually realized that the character’s name is actually spelled “Rayna” in the show credits. “Even Trekkies make mistakes,” she said.

•Speaking of names: You’re probably going through baby-name withdrawal. So here are a few guesses about what some Spokane area newborns will be called in the days to come:

Textina, Bray, Rowdy Mozart, Locavore, Coyote Ann, Rapturine, Anjello, Q3, Lavernal, Heavensplat, Emmmmmma, Download, Woodstalk, Babyfest, Karnuhvuhlworker, GTO, Duhvid.

•Information system: Randy Peterschick, who delivered the Spokane Chronicle from 1966 until 1968 to homes on Mansfield and Montgomery, wonders how many former paperboys could still fold a newspaper into what was known as a tomahawk and hurl it onto a porch from the sidewalk.

•Personal holiday: “We celebrate Gotcha Day for the day (June 17) the adoption was final for my grandson,” wrote Connie King.

•Blown away: You know how some of us hereabouts seem to be amused when freak snowstorms throw people for a loop in Sun Belt cities? Well, I couldn’t help but wonder what someone from Oklahoma or Kansas would have made of the local loss of bladder control over last week’s mini-tornado west of Spokane. Good grief.

•Today’s Slice question: Who is your arch enemy?

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 Baby boomer Mary Ann Bolter has spent much of her life hearing “Gilligan’s Island” references.

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