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The Slice: Why restrict it to beer, cupcakes and whiskey?

Slice reader Eric Rieckers has an idea for a new slogan for The Spokesman-Review.

“A family-owned craft newspaper.”

He thought it might help us sell more copies.

What about artisanal? Or handmade (with the help of some big-posterior machines)?

Our conversation actually began with consideration of overused buzzwords and phrases needing to be retired.

“Craft” was among Eric’s nominees. Also, the expression “Farm to table.”

“Gotta go. I’m a food magazine and cooking show junkie and the phrase simply won’t go away.”

Philip Mulligan had a nominee. It’s when the telephone company robot says If you feel you have reached this number in error … “Because I am never offered an option of what to do if I DON’T feel like I reached this number in error.”

Gail Cory-Betz has little tolerance for “Have a great rest of your day.”

Sheri Lattimore objects to “color mapping” in interior decorating contexts. “Criminy! Can we still just call it matching?”

And Sharyl Read loathes a saying that a member of her extended family would repeat after Sharyl’s husband suffered a traumatic brain injury 30 years ago.

“This too shall pass.”

Uh, not really.

Just wondering: Has this been your experience?

Spangle resident Lonnie Scott has lived in several of Spokane’s outlying areas over the years. And it has been his experience that people outside the city often have a different approach to determining where you reside. “If we give our street address, they ask who used to live there.”

Warm-up questions: What convinced you that you needed cataract surgery? When you meet retirees for lunch, what percentage of the time do they mostly want to talk about how everything has gone to blazes at the place where they used to work? What’s your definition of “sleeping in”? Ever been at a memorial service and observed palpable tension between believers and nonbelievers? What do you do if the person in the seat next to you is hogging the armrest? About where do your ears pop when going up the South Hill? What’s your favorite joke people in your profession tell about themselves?

Today’s Slice question: In Spokane, what happens when drivers of vehicles adorned with politically opposed bumper stickers get in a minor accident and have to exchange information?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Dee Hargitt said the seasons up at Diamond Lake include summer, fallmer, fall, winter, spinter, spring and then summer again.

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