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The Slice: The feline had a familiar face

Kathy Konek of Naples, Idaho, has seen what happens when neighbors have nearly identical cats.

Neighbor A’s cat, Max, was missing. So they loaded up three kids and drove over to Neighbor B’s. Found the cat and coaxed it into the car. Brought it home.

They pulled up to their house just as Max walked up.

The cat in the car was released on its own recognizance.

The things that fill our brains: Lila Erickson of Prichard, Idaho, saw the Slice’s mention of TV commercial jingles. It reminded her of something that, while not exactly a jingle, is inexplicably stuck in her head.

“Crest has been shown to be a decay preventive dentrifice that can be of significant value when used in a conscientiously applied program of oral hygiene and regular profession care.”

She thinks that dates back to the ’60s or ’70s.

“It has been taking up space in my aging memory bank,” she wrote. “Go figure. Is there such a thing as a jingle exorcism?”

Yes, but it is illegal in Idaho.

Speaking of long-ago TV: If you have been around the block a few times in Spokane, you might recall that KREM once was an ABC station and KXLY was part of the CBS network. In 1976, they switched affiliations.

Forty years is a long time. And yet …

“On occasion I still go to channel 4 for CBS and vice versa,” wrote Steve Sather, who put “Old Habits” in the subject line of his email.

Not to worry, Steve. They have voice-command remotes now that eliminate the need for remembering things like that.

Another drawback to hanging clothes out to dry: “The yellow jackets that seem to like that fresh, outdoor smell,” wrote Marje Peterson of Hayden.

She’s not a fan of donning an item of apparel and then, upon noticing a yellow jacket abiding in said garment, seeing how quickly she can take it off.

Identity crisis 2: “I’m also a ‘junior,’ but had it a bit worse than Thomas (Monday’s Slice),” wrote Al Konigsfeld. “My grandfather had the same first name as my father and I (Al), my sister married an ‘Alan’ and my wife’s sister married an ‘Alvin.’ So, at a holiday dinner, five of the seven males present answered to ‘Al.’”

Didn’t Paul Simon write a song about that?

Today’s Slice question: What advice would you give someone who is simultaneously smug about living in the Northwest yet defensive about Spokane/Seattle comparisons?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Coeur d’Alene’s Kate Wendell said the golden age of Saturday morning TV cartoons was when her children watched the same ones “And we could sleep in.”

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