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The Slice: Minor misery loves company

There’s a scene in the movie “Jaws” where a couple of guys on a boat compare scars.

I thought of that last week after having lunch with a friend who is my age.

As a general rule, I cannot recommend aging. But as it is inevitable, there is one compensation that surfaces now and then.

Sharing stories with a peer about slow-healing aches and pains can be sort of entertaining.

Call it Therapy Lite.

I’m not talking about discussing major health issues. That’s something else entirely.

But there’s something liberating about being able to admit to someone your own age, “I never used to groan when I got up out of a chair.”

And then just share some knowing laughter.

Just wondering: Would a surprise romance breakup taking place this Wednesday appropriately be referred to as a St. Valentine’s Day Massacre?

Complete this sentence: If it hadn’t been for railroads, Spokane would be …

It’s hard to disprove: I mentioned last week that there are those who believe the center of the universe is about 280 miles west of Spokane. Rick Shaffer took issue with that.

“In fact, East Washington is only 80 miles west of the probable center of the universe, Historic Wallace, Idaho.”

How family phrases get their start: Bill Bancroft’s 3-year-old granddaughter was sitting on his lap at a Super Bowl party when she looked up and asked him if he had cobwebs in his nose.

“After the laughter died down (which engulfed the entire room full of people), I explained that no, they are not cobwebs.”

But Bill realizes nose hairs, his at least, will henceforth be referred to that way.

This date in Slice history (2000): Because he didn’t spend his whole life in the same state, we’ve long thought Lincoln’s birthday should be an occasion for celebrating Americans’ tradition of mobility.

Yes, that means acknowledging that ex-Californians have a right to live anywhere they want.

Warm-up question: I exchanged emails with a woman who grew up in Poulsbo, Washington, sometimes known as Little Norway. It made me wonder.

If the place where you grew up were to be referred to as “Little” something or other, what would it be?

Today’s Slice question: What sound do you make when watching ice skating on TV and one of the athletes falls?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email The Slice never tires of hearing readers’ stories about iron skillets that are older than they are.

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