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Originally published July 1, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 1, 2007 at 2:01 AM

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Single girls: You gotta have faith

Seattle women are "sweet, nice and not like bitter or angry, with no jaded attitude. " That's New York matchmaker Janis Spindel after interviewing...

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Seattle women are "sweet, nice and not like bitter or angry, with no jaded attitude." That's New York matchmaker Janis Spindel after interviewing hundreds of girls at Seattle's Hotel 1000 on a recent scouting mission. Clearly, she hasn't been privy to conversations in the ladies' room at any Belltown bar on a Saturday night. Just kidding.

Spindel asked a lot of questions in her trademark rapid-fire and somewhat tactless style: Do you smoke? Would you relocate? Are those real?

But it seemed the one question that stumped Seattle women had to do with religion.

"In New York, you ask people what their religion is, and it's either Jewish or Christian," an exasperated Spindel said. "How come on the West Coast, you ask that question and it's like pulling teeth?"

She had a point. Upon asking a woman wearing pink Uggs if she was brought up Christian, the woman replied matter-of-factly: "I was raised in California." ...

LOST IN TRANSLATION? The Mariners have been blaring "Funk Blast" to celebrate home runs at Safeco this season. But Monday's back-to-back homers by Kenji Johjima and Adrian Beltre against the Boston Red Sox had some fans puzzled. Turns out the Mariners had debuted the Japanese and Spanish translations of "Funk Blast" on the scoreboard: "Sugoi Ippatsu" and "Explósion de Funk," respectively. I'm all for diversity, but to be honest, I barely know what "Funk Blast" means in English. Mariners marketing guru Cole Parsons explained it this way: "Pam, home runs are fun. All we're doing is adding the 'k'." ...

SURI CRUISE MADE HEADLINES last month when she sent a thank-you note after a visit to a toy store in Louisiana. Big deal! She's only 1 and she can't even write! In related news, Janet Jackson sent a note on personalized stationery to Seattle socialite Dana Frank after she gave the singer a Tutu Time timepiece ( "Dana, thank you so much for my watch! I love it!" Jackson wrote. Frank, who created TuTu Time with her mother, Theresa, framed the note and plans to donate it to an auction to benefit one of the charitable organizations she's involved with. Which pretty much answers the question: Dana Frank, what have you done for me lately? ...

BOXERS OR BRIEFS? I thought I had solved the mystery of Bothell "Idol" Blake Lewis' underwear when someone called in a hot tip about spotting boxers in his luggage. Au contraire. "I thought I'd let you know that Blake does not actually wear boxers OR briefs," writes Tracy from Albany, N.Y. To prove it, she even sent me a You Tube link — of Blake talking about going commando, not actual video of him being commando, and thank goodness because this is a family newspaper. "I guess his owning boxers is kind of like my owning a treadmill," Tracy went on. "You bought it, you meant to use it, but somehow ... " In related news: Does anyone care anymore? ...

SPEAKING OF READER E-MAILS — which I love, especially the non-bitter and non-angry kind — it's time for a round of I Spy With My Little Eye Celebrity Roundup: Reader Edition. Yes, as a matter of fact, I did just make that up.

"I thought of you while walking out of Safeco Field June 20," writes Barb Kowalski. "Walking in front of me was Tom Skerritt. This was my first time at Safeco and my first time seeing Tom. I live in North Bend, and he doesn't seem to be the same places I am."

Girl About Town appears every Sunday in Northwest Life. Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or

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