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The Slice: ‘Sun Day,’ Monday, Happy Days

It may be best if we just pass on that idea. (StockXpert / The Spokesman-Review)
It may be best if we just pass on that idea. (StockXpert / The Spokesman-Review)

Maybe this is half baked.

But Slice reader Linda Waud thinks that when the weather forecast calls for a high temperature of 85 or above on a school day, a “Sun Day” should be declared and classes should not be held.

She reasons that cooped-up students and teachers can’t concentrate when it’s that summery. Then there is the Vitamin D angle.

Yeah, but then you’d just have a bunch of geezers complaining about how, back in their day, they used to walk to school when it was slightly warmish. “We buckled down and hit the books, even on a pretty day!”

And the mayor would be forced to calm jittery parents by saying, “It’s just sunshine, people.”

Just a hunch: I’m guessing those associated with WSU will be glad when the dreary buzz about “cougars” – sexually predatory older women – runs its course

Spokane’s next mega-event: “Puntfest.”

OK, maybe not.

Four out of five: Larry Smith of Spokane Valley suggested The Slice ask readers to identify that last time, prior to last Saturday, when the Cougars, Huskies, Eagles and Vandals all won football games on the same day.

I put the question to Spokane sports-stats maven Bob Kirlin.

His response? “What about Whitworth? They lost.”

So there you go.

Connecting the dots: A tourism ad in a 1928 edition of The American Magazine was headlined “Visit Spokane: The City Alluring.”

Hmmm. I wonder if that particular wordplay was the eventual inspiration for one of the all-time classic lines of pop culture – “Hamm’s, the beer refreshing.”

Which brings us to…

Today’s Slice question: If Spokane were a brand of beer, what would be its slogan?

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