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Stories tagged: The Slice

The Slice: No time like now to be offensive

According to my calculations, it is statistically unlikely that you are reading this. That’s because, if my figures are correct, 53.7 percent of Spokane area residents are away on vacation.

The Slice

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Take this true-or-false quiz to see how well you know that film spoof of the family road …

The Slice: Don’t be a dope while riding hills

The keys to pretending that you are in the Tour de France is to avoid having little kids pass you going up a hill or looking so beat while resting …

The Slice: Lost highway probably ruined his trip

It was a case of here today, gone today. To make way for a reroofing, a tree-trimmer had snipped a few limbs off a big maple draped over a one-story …

The Slice: A schedule for dog days of summer

Inspired by the uplifting debate about watering restrictions, I have come up with a proposal of my own. Beginning July 27, I will be asking that only specific breeds of …

Internet world often overpopulated with unreliable information

This might come as a shock to some who worship the Internet. But not all information encountered online is reliable.

Not exactly a first-class maneuver

Maybe I’m wrong. But it strikes me that the penny-pinching ways of many Spokane area residents have left some others who aren’t quite so cheap with the wrong impression.

Oh baby … what a wild winter

It will be several months before we get the final tally on last winter’s “stay indoors” implications for the local birth rate. If you catch my drift.

One bad thought deserves a dozen more

Many of us know people who believe that envisioning worst-case scenarios is one way to prevent them from happening. That kind of magical thinking can really get a workout during …

‘Born to be Dad’ has a nice ring to it

We’re just a day away from Father’s Day Eve. And it occurs to me that what this weekend’s special occasion really needs is a rousing Father’s Day song.

The weather? We’ve got the answers

At some point, everything that can be said about the weather has already been uttered countless times. So, when faced with yet another invitation to mumble the same old inanities, …

Look, it’s all over town

Let’s start with a few suggestions for a locally themed motto for the S-R. “Covers the Inland Northwest like Pine Pollen in June.” — Gary Polser

On a quest to flush out answers

The biggest cultural divide in our area isn’t between Republicans and Democrats, Washingtonians and Idahoans or even personal-watercraft riders and people who can read. It’s between those who have septic …

The Slice: Armstrong leads quack team of rescuers

Joel Armstrong was worried. A mother duck had laid her eggs in a concrete planter box just outside his second-floor office overlooking Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane. It’s about 15 …

DVR ruining some bad conversations

When co-workers do not watch the same TV shows, some weekday morning conversations stop before they really get started. “What did you think of what happened on ‘Dancing With the …

Sorry – Order on the Court is probably taken

Forget about the NCAA basketball tournament. The real enemy of workplace productivity is people trying to come up with inspired names for their Hoopfest teams.

They’ll need a posse to find you

Old-time TV westerns offer us some helpful strategies when it comes to getting out of weekend clean-up projects. Here are just a few tactics you might try.

Once an Athol, always an Athol

Kim Moors said there is no correcting her 97-year-old Spokane grandfather when it comes to pronouncing Inland Northwest place names. He says it his way.

Cup of coffee, toast just doesn’t cut it

Slice reader Bob Neubauer, who fondly recalls his time in Denmark, thinks the American version of a “continental” breakfast is a sad joke. He’d like to see places offering “the …

Now that’s what you call domestic spying

When kids today complain about not having any privacy, they aren’t apt to get much sympathy from those of us who were teenagers before cell phones. Let’s see a show …

The Slice

I had asked parents to reveal the secret to keeping an only child from regarding himself or herself as royalty. Christine Anderson offered an answer.

The Slice

Not everyone’s older siblings are cool. Some children’s big brothers or sisters are dorks — at least as determined by the shallow standards of popularity.

Now there’s a compliment worth buying

Elder care adviser Carol Romero was sitting in an airliner at Spokane International, waiting for it to get under way and fly to Portland. She couldn’t help but overhear a …

The Slice

File this under “Opposites attract.” South Hill resident Georgette Weech has a friend named Bonnie.

Some architecture adjusts your attitude

There are buildings in downtown Spokane I never tire of admiring. A big-deal critic of architecture might not be wowed by some of my favorites. But I like them. They …

We could all use a helping hand like Gary’s

There’s a Spokane Valley resident named Gary Weber who voluntarily clears neighbors’ sidewalks each time there is a significant snowfall. His reach extends several blocks.

Talk about leaving us hungry for more

I’m worried about one of my favorite words: “feed.” It seems like there are way fewer fundraising spaghetti feeds, sausage feeds and pancake feeds than 20 years ago. A “dinner” …

He avoided sudden death by a whisker

North Central High School student Blake Yirak emerged from the bathroom at home after shaving off some facial hair he had cultivated. He asked his mom if she wished she …

These are the days of our Slice

Let’s start with a question. The name of what Inland Northwest community or neighborhood sounds most like the title of a classic TV soap opera?

Statute of limitations on his memory

A panel of prospective jurors in a U.S. District Court criminal case was asked to raise hands if they knew of any good reason why they wouldn’t be good jurors. …