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The Slice: Raised kits for those who have raised kids

Perhaps you have suspected that families with children get special treatment here in everything-for-the-kids Spokane.

Well, now there’s evidence to bolster your inkling.

Sharp-eyed North Side reader Mary Kenney shared a page from an advertising insert that had been stuffed in a recent edition of the Swell Paper.

The ad in question is for a “Cedar Raised Garden Bed Kit.”

On sale for $29.99.

In small type, it says “Stackable and expandable with additional kids.”


Is that some sort of code? You know, if you want a good deal or whatever, just mention that you have children — the more the better.

“Ahem. I have nine kids.”

“OK, well, then you qualify for the family values discount.”

For all I know, this sort of thing goes on all the time. But I cannot say I am surprised to learn that having sons and daughters grants one membership in a secret Spokane society of wink-wink, nudge-nudge favors and special deals.

Or, I suppose it could be that Kenney sent me that ad because “… with additional kids” is a typo and it should have been “kits.”

Of course, there are multiple examples in the animal kingdom of “kit” being what we call a young offspring. So maybe there really is a procreation code.

Let’s move on.

A failure to communicate: Colville’s Larrie Waterman was on the phone with a pleasant young man. She was asking him about a questionable charge to her account with his company.

At some point during their conversation, she said “You can probably tell my middle name is ‘Cheap.’ ”

His reply? “Oh. My middle name is Nathan.”

Waterman suspects he missed the point.

Twenty years ago in The Slice: Here’s the question that ran near the end of the column on April 18, 1995.

Today’s Slice question: What do residents of Western Washington and southern Idaho have in common?

Today’s Slice question: Within two minutes of meeting you for the first time, there’s a good chance someone will have learned that you are (fill in the blank).

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Referring to Tuesday’s column, John May reminded me that you can train a cat to do absolutely anything that it wants to do.

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