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The Slice: Remembering a sibling’s obsession

Sometimes when people find out you know a movie or an album really well, they make the mistake of assuming it’s a particular favorite of yours.

In fact, it could be that you might have just grown up in a home with a brother or sister who played it over and over. You absorbed it against your will.

I’ll tell you my story if you tell me yours.

Just wondering: Ever encouraged your child/grandchild to check out an old movie you really like and then, while it’s on, realized it is a lot more R-rated than you remembered?

The case for spring: “Some years ago while working with the Air National Guard at Fairchild AFB, I observed a co-worker slip on the ice getting out of his vehicle,” wrote Jim Olbekson. “Attempting to be considerate, I went out on the loading dock to throw some Ice Melt on the parking area. What I wasn’t aware of was that the loading dock was coated in a layer of black ice, too. My feet went out from under me and I landed squarely on my backside, slid all the way to the edge of the dock and fell over the side, landing again on my tail bone, which ended up fractured.

“My wife picked me up and took me whimpering to our doctor’s office, where I received an inflatable donut cushion and little else.”

Then there was this, from Scott Brogan.

“I slipped on the ice loading a patient into the ambulance in Addy last week. Hit my left elbow, which was bleeding, and my left hip which was bruised. The fall was witnessed by six folks including the patient, so pretty embarrassing.

“Then, two days later while walking the Centennial Trail to a Chiefs hockey game at the Arena, I fell again, this time bruising my right hip. Now I have matching bruises on both sides. While moving snow this past Monday (Feb. 6) I slipped once again bruising my left knee.

“Maybe next time I will be the one loaded into the ambulance.”

This date in Slice history (1997): Today’s Slice question: What’s the ultimate Inland Northwest putdown? (Our pick: “You spend a lot of time indoors, don’t you?”)

The most popular answer from readers back then proved to be “Are you from California?”

Today’s Slice question: If you were asked to come up with a new sentiment to stamp on those little heart-shaped Valentine’s Day candies, what would that message be? Other than “See You in Court.”

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email When someone refers to a person as “Spokaneface” it’s not really clear what the speaker means.

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