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The Slice: That would have been an all-time high-water record

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 28, 2018

Perhaps there’s such a thing as being a little too prepared.

Here’s Tom Brattebo’s story.

“After growing up on the West Coast in the ‘old days,’ and dealing with a number of tsunamis without real warning, we recently signed up for the modern tsunami warning system for coverage when we visit the coast.”

So far, so good.

“Well, the system works, even when we’re in Spokane. With the earthquake off Alaska, our three cellphones each received four voice calls and four text messages, beginning at 2 a.m. And I got four emails warning of potential impending disaster.

“Fortunately no damage was done on the Washington coast, but my sleep was damaged several times at Liberty Lake.”

Childhood swearing: “Many years ago my then almost 2-year-old daughter was working hard at trying to get her shoes on by herself,” wrote Fran Menzel. “After a bit of a struggle she sat back and, with a look of consternation on her face, blurted out, ‘G-dammit!’”

Shoes can be a pain.

“It was a wake-up call that we better watch our phraseology. We were impressed though, that she used it in context.”

Slice answer: Readers were asked if they had ever been heckled.

“Everyone who has ever officiated a sporting event would have an example,” wrote Rick Straub. “Here is mine.”

He was refereeing a 1976 high school girls basketball game. It was a rivalry contest, and the other ref had failed to show up.

“One loud guy was all over me about not calling over-and-back. I wasn’t – it’s not a rule for the girls. By halftime I’d had it and failing my own and the profession’s decorum code, I climbed halfway up the stands and got in the guy’s face and rather emphatically explained the rule. Then told him to shut up. Climbed back down to some light applause. The guy kept quiet for the rest of the game.”

One sure sign Spokane residents have become totally blase about seeing turkeys in town: One afternoon last week, an STA bus lumbering up the South Hill got caught in a turkey jam. You know, traffic held up by the big birds crossing the road.

And though quite a few bus passengers saw what was happening, not one commented on the scene.

Today’s Slice question: In 25 words or less, what would you say if someone asked you to explain Spokane to him or her?

Write The Slice at P. O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email “Even though I’ve lived in Spokane twice (as a child/teen and returned to retire) I have never been able to see the Bowl and Pitcher in the rock formation,” wrote Katrina Oliver.

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