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The Slice: For whom the school bell tolls

Not everyone dreaded the approach of the school year.

But some kids realized August was moving along and found themselves thinking about how they could dodge the inevitable.

Did you contemplate proposing any of these excuses as a way to get out of your obligation to return to the classroom?

A) Anticipate a months-long stomachache. B) Stuffed animals need you at home. C) Have determined that the only way to avoid head lice is to avoid school. D) Amnesia. E) Your intention to handle rabid rodents at your first opportunity. F) School doesn’t work for a child with your particular learning style. G) Fear of book learnin’/becoming a cultural elite. H) Other.

This date in Slice history (1993): Who is the most irritating print journalist in the Inland Northwest?

The most you would pay for a concert ticket: Spokane Valley’s Rodney Johnson said he has no dollar ceiling for Paul McCartney and Diana Ross.

“I paid $250 for my first McCartney show in 2002 and last year I finally got to see Diana in Vegas for about $130.”

He said his mother regrets not seeing Frank Sinatra. She also regrets not taking Rodney to see Elvis a second time when they lived in the Portland area in the mid-’70s because the tickets were about $10 apiece.

“Really, mom? I don’t make those same mistakes, as some memories simply don’t have a price tag.”

Rene Penna’s story doesn’t strictly involve a concert, but it’s memorable.

“Can’t remember what I paid to see the Dali Lama in Portland, but it was a lot for me. When I told my friend I was going to see the Dali Lama, she asked ‘Is that a rock band’ ”

So I have to ask. If the Dali Lama was a rock band what song would the group play?

A) “Stairway to Heaven.” B) “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” C) “Free Bird.” D) “Walk This Way.” E) “Sympathy for the Devil.” F) “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” G) “Aqualung.” H) “Comfortably Numb.” I) “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” J) “Losing My Religion.” K) “Ramblin’ Man.” L) Other.

Today’s Slice question: You know how you’ll go to a store, restaurant or whatever for the first time and everything is perfect – the service is great, the vibe is relaxed but friendly and you walk away smiling. Well, in your experience, what often happens when you go back a second time?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email It’s hard to believe, but some people cannot remember the make and model of the car in which they took their first driver’s test.

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