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Census wager: Oh what to give Spokane, a city that has a measly 10,519 more people than Tacoma

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on March 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
March 22, 2011 2:15 pm

Frankly you haven’t been much help so far.

After making a bet with Spokane Spokesman-Review columnist Doug Clark over which city would be No. 2 in population, I was saddened to discover that Tacoma just doesn’t procreate like it used to.

Here’s my column on losing the bet. And here is Doug’s response.

I was willing to forgive you all for dropping the ball in the baby making department. And clearly we weren’t all that welcoming for newcomers either. All you had to do was come up with some ideas for paying off the bet.

Last year Clark sent a gift packet to Tacoma after the city was shown to still be trailing Spokane. It included, among other things, a View-Master with scenes from Spokane’s 1974 World’s Fair – an event so massive, so impressive, that it is still talked about … in Spokane.

In response, the city council sent him a batch of goodies that included a bag of what Clark thought was gourmet coffee but turned out to be Tagro, gourmet Tagro but still not something you’d want to pour hot water through.

So I needed some new ideas. And I asked for new ideas. And I didn’t get many new ideas. One reader suggested a gift certificate to one of Tacoma’s fine restaurants to show that our are better than Spokane’s. But I was worried that whichever restaurant I chose might go out of business before Clark could visit.

I have few ideas. I found a souvenir Coke bottle from the 1983 opening of the Tacoma Dome at Lily Pad Antiques downtown. The liquid inside is certainly as potent as whatever coffee he might have made from the Tagro.

I’ll also find a t-shirt celebrating the Tacoma Rainiers’ 2010 Pacific Coast League championship to remind Spokane of the days when it was in the league and even won championships thanks to Tacoma’s Ron Cey.

But after that, I’ve got nothing. And since the time is approaching when I am to meet Clark in Ellensburg for a free lunch and the payoff, I’m getting a bit desperate. So help a guy out.

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