Welcome to another installment of “Ask the Slice.”
Today’s topic: Who should or should not wear shorts?
Q: Are you going to suggest that the only people in the Inland Northwest who should wear shorts are those who are about 21 and have attractive legs?
A: No. Looks have nothing to do with it.
Q: Well then, what does determine who should or shouldn’t?
A: One key guideline is your answer to the following: Would anything about you wearing shorts alarm the Health Department?
Q: Should shorts be worn at work? Spokane is pretty casual, after all.
A: Depends on the job. But if others do not wear shorts to the office or if those who do are the objects of ridicule, you might want to think twice.
Q: I once wore shorts to work and this smart-aleck in the next cubicle kept yelling “Great white!” and making sounds like he was being chomped by a shark. Is that nice?
A: Often, it’s best to keep your thighs to yourself.
Q: How do you know when shorts fit?
A: Properly fitting shorts should do two things: Make clear that you are not a hip-hop fan and not give you a wedgie.
Q: The people where I work say that the smell of my legs slathered in sunscreen leaves them nauseated. Would they rather I get sunburned?
A: They’d rather that you put on some pants.
Q: What do you think of wearing shorts with knee-socks?
A: Well, some see that and are tempted to ask, “What’s the point?” But it’s important to remember that certain people have vein issues and need calf-support.
Q: How short is too short?
A: If you have to ask …
Q: Where’s a good place in Spokane to see a demonstration of do’s and don’ts when it comes to wearing shorts?
Q: Is there a song more annoying than 1958’s “Short Shorts”?
A: Maybe “Billy Don’t Be a Hero.”
Q: Should I be concerned that my wearing shorts might offend Islamist extremists?
A: In Spokane, U.S.A.? No.
Q: Every time this one guy at work wears shorts, our whole department smells like baloney. What does that mean?
A: It means you need a stricter dress code.
Q: How will I know if I look good in shorts?
A: That’s the wrong question.
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