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The Slice: Don’t be rushing that studly look

Remember, Labor Day is not when studded tires may be used again.

Let’s move on.

Businesses Doris Woodward misses besides The Crescent: 1. The original Shack. 2. Sampson-Ayres House of Music. 3. Columbia Cycle & Hobby.

Slice answers: Readers were sharply divided about the proper fate for a vacation beard. Joel Shank and others suggested a little face fur could come in handy when the weather turns nippy.

But Pamela Stark said, “Deep-six it.”

Several respondents agreed that crickets have been making more noise than usual this summer. But Gary Wentling’s young grandson isn’t altogether convinced insects are creating that sound. He thinks it might be alligators.

Just wondering: Do you remember Classics Illustrated comic books?

Back to school special: A 10-year-old boy Darla DeCristoforo knows has already learned something since school resumed.

He wanted to know what the inside of his classroom’s pencil sharpener smelled like. So he put his nose up to the hole and gave it a snort. He was rewarded with a snootful of graphite and pencil shavings, which proved to be unpleasant.

“It really hurt,” he told DeCristoforo.

Nobody ever said learning was always easy.

Pullman’s Tim Marsh noted another reason to walk in the street: To avoid sprinklers seemingly set to water the sidewalk.

One Slice reader says you can judge a movie by its DVD box: “Does a helicopter appear in the illustration on the DVD case?” he wrote. “If it does, I know instantly that it will be violent, corny and/or predictable.”

Today’s Slice question: Who has the most challenging job in Spokane?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail pault@spokesman.com. For previous Slice columns, see www.spokesman.com/columnists. Despite her initial misgivings, Janet Culbertson wound up enjoying jury duty.

 
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