Welcome to another installment of “Ask The Slice.”
Today’s topic: How to enjoy camping.
Q: Are Spokane area residents required to go camping?
A: Yes, at least once every summer. It’s the law.
Q: But what if you are afraid of bugs and bears?
A: Get over it.
Q: I’m a big fan of showers and indoor toilets. Can’t I just stay home?
A: No. Stop being a sissy.
Q: Being in a sleeping bag always makes me feel like a human burrito. And have you noticed that a lot of tents have a funky smell?
A: You are missing the point.
Q: Well, what is the point?
A: Camping is about rediscovering what true quiet sounds like. It’s about becoming reacquainted with family and friends. It’s about remembering what it’s like to communicate face-to-face. It’s about toasting marshmallows, staring at clouds and skipping rocks.
Q: Do marmots bite?
A: Sometimes. If you get on their nerves.
Q: What if I miss some important e-mails or text messages?
A: When was the last time you received one that actually qualified as important? Being away from that stuff will do you good.
Q: Wouldn’t Lewis and Clark have stayed in motels if they had been given the choice?
A: Maybe not after discovering what those places charge you to use the phone.
Q: Doesn’t it get cold at night?
A: It can. But four out of five campers survive.
Q: I’m not a great storyteller. What if someone at the campfire asks me to say something?
A: Invite others to tell their favorite stories about water balloons, squirt guns, watermelons, running through sprinklers, dandelions, lemonade stands or homegrown tomatoes.
Q: What if I hear a strange sound outside my tent at 3 a.m.?
A: You should assume it is a hungry grizzly bear with a late-night craving for a human burrito.
Q: I usually require about a gigawatt of power to get my hair looking decent in the morning. What will people think when they see me with “camping hair”?
A: They will scream and run off even deeper into the woods.
Q: What about mosquitoes?
A: They just want your blood. If you work somewhere with a lot of office politics, you’ve endured worse.
Q: But won’t my cell phone be out of range?
•Today’s Slice question: In your estimation, when does summer begin?