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The Slice: What’s your Spokane nickname?

Here are a few readers’ responses to last Monday’s call for localized nicknames.

“My perfect Spokane nickname is Tee Time Timbo (never before 9 a.m.),” wrote Tim Gaines.

“Sasquatch Sas,” wrote Marc Sas, a self-described hairy beast who suggested Inkblot Turner for yours truly.

“Riverside Cruz Carlson,” wrote Shaun Carlson.

“I kind of like Spokane Valley Slim,” wrote Jim Clanton. “Maybe I’m not so slim anymore but I still like the name.”

“How about Reporter’s Notebook Lee?” wrote Barbara Lee. “Has a good sound for a nosy person like me.”

John Hart proposed a collective nickname. “River City Rulers,” he wrote. “Because we are always measuring ourselves against the evil West Side of the state.”

Multiple correspondents dubbed themselves “Pothole” this or that.

And Walt Lindgren came up with several nicknames that might be suitable for local hustlers, perhaps from a bygone era. Among them: Manito Moe, Ridpath Red, Down River Slim, Upriver Kid, Esmeralda Izzy, Peaceful Valley Sally and, my favorite, Minnehaha Fats.

Reader challenge: Come up with a category for a Top 10 list that would include you.

Just wondering: When you discover a package that had been delivered to your porch, how relieved are you that it was not stolen?

If you had a one-sentence message for every 13-year-old in the Inland Northwest: “Don’t let peer pressure control your destiny.” – George Weisbarth

“Get off your phones and learn how to talk to people face to face.” – Jeri Hershberger

“This too shall pass.” – Phyllis Rollins

“Goals.” – Kevin Fletcher

“If you take care of business, we’ll stay out of your business.” – Alison Highberger

“That’s advice we learned from Spokane family therapist Craig Bader. Get your homework done, do your chores, walk the dog without being asked, etc., and life will be nag-free and beautiful.”

Reactions to Grand Coulee Dam: “I start humming Woody Guthrie’s ‘Roll On Columbia,’ ” wrote John Simanton.

Jeannie Maki wrote, “I am a local Native American, how do you think I react?”

Warm-up question: Have you lived in a state that has a bigger cultural schism than Washington (East and West) or Idaho (North and South)?

Today’s Slice question: Do people in your field get special treatment when dealing with others in the same line of work?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email How would you answer if someone asked what Spokane smells like?

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