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The Slice: Zzzzzzzzz entertainment survey

I’ve never really thought it was fair to call Spokane “sleepy.”

But there might be some truth to that.

Talk to enough people who have attended local entertainment events and you are almost certain to hear stories about ticket-holders in nearby seats falling asleep.

How common is that here? Let’s try to find out.

Please take The Slice’s Spokane Falling Asleep at the Show Survey.

(Share your answers via email or regular mail.)

At what local entertainment venues have you dozed off during a performance?

Had you begun snoring before someone woke you?

Had you begun drooling?

Did you talk in your sleep?

Can you recall what you were dreaming about?

Are you more apt to nod off at a concert or at a play?

Does a certain style of music make you especially prone to feeling drowsy?

According to sources, did you experience any noteworthy leg kicks or spasms while asleep?

Does your spouse or significant other have a proven method for rousing you?

Would that method warrant a two-minute penalty in a hockey game?

Ever had a stranger wake you at a concert?

For comparison, are you able to stay awake in church or public meetings?

From what you were told, were people seated near you chuckling while you were sawing logs?

Did you feel well-rested after the show?

Today’s Slice question: I have asked this several times over the years, in a number of ways. But while Spokane has changed and continues to change, the basic underlying premise of the question might still be valid. You make the call.

Spokane-area parents concerned about rearing children in an environment featuring relatively little racial or cultural diversity could wonder about the implications for the kids’ prospects for success in an increasingly multicultural America of the future. So what can these parents do to compensate for our comparatively homogenous population?

Of course, I’m not suggesting Spokane-area kids have not gone on to excel in diverse workplace settings. Countless local young people have done just that, often in Seattle or California. Nor am I under the impression that all area families view a lack of diversity as a challenge to be addressed.

I’m just interested, as most of us are, in how Spokane-area parents prepare their children for the future.

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email pault@spokesman.com. A colleague suggested people in Spokane are apt to answer “What do you do?” with a recreation-based reply, not a job description.

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