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The Slice: As in, The one and only

I realize this amounts to counting your chickens before they are hatched.

But if both Gonzaga and Ohio State advance in the men’s NCAA tournament, are we going to see references to THE Gonzaga University?

You know, because OSU likes to call itself “The Ohio State University.”

A few years ago, after Dayton upset Ohio State in the NCAAs, the Dayton paper had a memorable front page, led with a banner headline, “THE University of Dayton.”

Reminder to remember: Sunday’s Slice reminded Karyn Christner of another auto-related memory prompt.

“The car didn’t have a warning beep when you left the lights on. Instead, it would dim them so your chance of seeing them was even less.”

After one too many dead batteries, they instituted a reminder protocol. It was a piece of paper on which was written “Turn off the lights!”

It tucked into the inside driver’s side door latch recess. You could not open the door without noticing it.

“We would say ‘Engage the system’ as soon as we turned on the lights.”

Slice answers: Sue Kassa had to confront the fact her home is not wheelchair accessible after her husband fell off the roof.

Bill Baxley shared this. “What made me realize that my home not being wheelchair accessible was going to be a problem? Reading that question.”

Cathy McCoy recalled when she knew she needed cataract surgery.

“One day, my husband was driving and I said ‘What is that in front of us?’ He looked at me funny and said, ‘a car.’ I decided maybe I needed to do the cataract surgery before driving again.”

Kaiser retiree Dennis DeMattia shared a joke computer geeks told.

“There are 10 kinds of people: Those that understand binary and those that do not.”

Then there was the matter of what your grandchildren call you.

When Sylvia Beach’s grandson Ben was quite young he addressed both Sylvia and her husband as “Grandpa.”

“I didn’t bother to correct him because it was evident when he was talking to me and I thought it was cute.”

Young Ben eventually figured it out and started calling Sylvia “Lady Grandpa.”

Today’s Slice question: Monday morning, I got on the bus and the driver asked if I wanted to take the wheel. I’m pretty sure he was kidding. But it made me wonder.

Whose job would you like to do for a day?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email My cousin Dave lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, but I don’t recall our ever having talked about college basketball.

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