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The Slice: It’s his best Doc Brown imitation

The Slice had asked about a minor seasonal struggle.

“Pulling a sweater on over my head has no ill effect,” wrote John Petrofski. “It actually helps the sides (where there is still some hair) lie flat. But taking it off makes the sides flare out and I look like I have just been electrocuted.”

Matching music to medical procedures (Part 2): Ron Lugone suggested that Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” might be the perfect song to accompany a brain scan.

Patricia Montgomery said the Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” might go well with a colonoscopy.

And Michael McKay had this recommendation. “Any procedure involving the snapped cuff of the elastic glove should be accompanied by the ‘Jaws’ theme.”

Giving directions the Spokane way: “I have heard ‘It’s across the street from the old Costco’ and ‘Meet at the old Safeway parking lot,’” wrote Annie Sanders.

She herself has said, “Turn left where Gottschalks used to be.”

Name game: “If I had been a boy my folks would have named me Paul,” wrote Denise James. “They considered Paula.”

She did, however, wind up marrying a Paul.

Julie Smith’s parents were ready to name her David Allen. They had to change plans.

So they were aiming to use that name with baby No. 2. But that child turned out to be a girl, too.

Baby No. 3 was a boy, though, and they got to use that name. “Not sure if the folks would have tried again if he had been a girl too,” said Smith.

Fritz Howard was named Frederic when he was born in Spokane in 1951. “I am told, had I been born a girl, my name would have been Francis.”

He is still grateful he did not have to endure hazing inspired by the “Francis the Talking Mule” movies.

Total team coverage: Arlie Robinson once asked a young relative, “Hey, Cole, did you hear the news about Aunt Tamara?”

Cole replied, “What channel was it on?”

Today’s Slice question: What expression do adults in your family use to describe an all-consuming worry or default anxiety? A) “Topic A.” B) “The issue.” C) “You know.” D) “Job one.” E) Other.

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Saturday morning cartoons used to be a highlight of the week.

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