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The Slice: Think about it, don’t just harrumph

Do you wish social media had existed back when you were a teenager?

How would having a smartphone have changed your life?

When you first heard about sexting did you despair for the future or was it reports of texting-while-driving that made you sit quietly and stare off into space?

Let’s move on.

Just wondering: What evidence do you have that people who Google you wind up reading about the wrong person?

Reader challenge: A Spokane Valley fisherman named Jerry told about accidentally casting his line 20 feet up into a shoreline tree from his boat on Newman Lake. It was early one recent morning.

“It was so bad, I couldn’t even tell my fishing buddies about it,” he said. “The lure is still up there.”

But here’s the thing. Jerry said he was aware of three raccoons watching him.

So what do you suppose went through their minds as they observed him cast his line up into the tree?

Speaking of local wildlife: Jeff Nadeau was at Priest Lake when he witnessed what he referred to as a “Gary Larson moment.”

(You know, creator of “The Far Side” and WSU alum.)

A young goose seemed to undergo a growing-up transition right before his eyes. Or ears, you might say.

He called it “goose puberty.”

The young bird was vocalizing and, well, I’ll let Jeff tell you how it sounded.

“Peep, peep, peep, HONK!”

It’s two weeks until Labor Day: Do you know where your children are?

Are you old enough to remember those public service spots that used to air on TV in the late 1960s and 1970s? You know, “It’s 10 o’clock. Do you know where your children are?”

Even if you were a kid at home sitting right in front of the TV, your parents might give you a look that seemed to imply a degree of suspicion. As if they thought you couldn’t really be trusted and might be out trying something if they did not, in fact, know where you were.

And, of course, they were right.

Warm-up questions: How many pets do you need before their sudden movement through your home can appropriately be referred to as a stampede? Has any couple ever had “One Toke Over the Line” played at their wedding?

Today’s Slice question: What prompted you to say “I’ll never make that mistake again”?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email A real estate agent I have known a long time said he advises sellers to secure all guns, cash, jewelry and drugs (prescription or otherwise) before an open house.

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