The Slice: No end to Seattle smugness

January 31, 2006 - Updated: June 30, 9:32 p.m.

Here’s a reason to root for the black and gold.

“Pittsburgh has devolved into a has-been metropolis more akin to Spokane than, say, San Francisco.” – from a column on the Super Bowl in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Go Steelers. Hey, us has-beens have to stick together.

True colors: “Yesterday, as I was searching for a parking spot in the Parkade, a question came to mind,” wrote Mary Dorsey, an administrative assistant at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. “I drive a green car so I always try to find a spot on the green level so that I don’t have to try to remember where I parked my car.”

That makes sense.

“Since there were no spots available on the green level, I drove up to the next ‘gray’ level. I did park there and noticed there seemed to be a lot of gray vehicles parked on that level. So, my question: How many other people, besides myself, try to match up the color of their vehicle to the color of the parking level?”

I’ve got one, too. How many people around here would still rather eat bees than use a parking garage?

February starts Wednesday: So any day now you can start looking for Halloween stuff in stores.

The first thing people ask when they hear where you’re from: “It doesn’t vary, regardless of where I am,” wrote Mary Allen of Soap Lake. “In the U.S.A. or other countries, the first question is always, ‘Does the lake have soap in it?’ ”

Moscow’s Mike O’Neal wrote, “When I tell people in other time zones that I’m from Idaho, they invariably respond with ‘I have a cousin (or whatever) in Boise. Do you happen to know so-and-so?’ I, of course, point out that a trip to Boise would cover as much ground as a trip across three or four states in the East. They always look baffled, like they don’t believe me.”

O’Neal said he has encountered people with a better grasp of Idaho’s geographic basics while traveling in Europe.

A friend writes: “Am I the only one who thinks there is a conspiracy to promote the iPod via the comics page?”

Gender differences observed at work: Leslie Weer is a benefits clerk in a government office. “At my job, I have to ask marriage information from people I interview.”

And she has noticed that while most women are reliable repositories of family information (numbers, dates, etc.) many men can barely remember their own names.

What one person can do to help children in dysfunctional families: “Mentoring them,” wrote Victor Buksbazen, who has been a Big Brother to seven different boys over the years.

Today’s Slice question: Are you in a business that has such a national focus that you could be king or queen of Spokane and still be a total nobody in your field?


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