Top of the Morning June 5


Hello!  And Howdy Monday!

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The weather here has been a little crazy – wicked winds and rain.

Sounds and feels like “it” has finally moved on.

Found these 12 pieces of wonder + fun + food for thought today.

Quick question – do you call those little night flying bugs that flitter around at this time of year — “lightning bugs” — or “fireflies”?  No wrong answer.  Growing up, we always called them lightning bugs.

Dear Annie’s column is a good read …  always.

Candid Camera “Recycled Popcorn” is hilarious!

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Dear Annie:

When did airplane seats become so small?  I hadn’t flown in six years until this past spring, when I booked a flight to attend a family wedding.  I reserved a window seat so that I could relax in comfort.  But the experience was anything but comfortable.

For starters, the man next to me in the middle seat must have been 6’2″ tall and weighed at least 250 pounds, and he could not possibly sit in the middle seat without taking up room from the window and aisle seats.  We almost had to pull up the middle seat armrests so that he could sit down.  The whole time, I kept trying not to touch his body, but his girth was such that some contact was unavoidable.

I used to fly a lot for business in the ’80’s and I don’t ever remember such uncomfortable seats, or such an unpleasant experience.  I never want to fly again!

I felt sorry for this large man.  He was very nice and embarrassed about the whole situation.  It had to be extremely uncomfortable for him to squeeze his body between those armrests.  As bad as it was for me and the woman in the aisle seat on his other side, this guy had it worse.  He should never have booked into such a ridiculously narrow seat with virtually no legroom.  His knees were pressed against the seat in front of him the entire time.  Why don’t airlines have size limitations for middle seat passengers?  ~  Recovering from an Unbearable Flight

Dear Recovering:

You are not alone in wondering what airlines are thinking by reducing the width of their seats and the amount of legroom.  They create a great deal of resentment of their brand.  In theory, many have policies stating that obese people should buy two tickets so they can spread out, but since more than a third of Americans are called “obese,” they don’t insist on this policy.  Air Canada says that obesity can be a disability and, with a doctor’s note, will grant the obese passenger two seats for the price of one.  Air France offers a 25 percent discount on the second seat for an obese person and will refund the balance of the fare if the flight has empty seats.

Politicians have passed various versions of a “Bill of Rights” for airline passengers, but having airplane seats like the old days — with plenty of width and legroom — are not considered essential.

However, I agree with you, and I would encourage you to write a letter of complaint to the airline you used.

~ This column was originally published in 2019
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4 replies
  1. Marty says:

    Re: Ladybugs. I love the cute little things when surprisingly found crawling on my plants. They’re never a nuisance, and guaranteed to bring a smile esp when I coax then to crawl on my finger. Recently while shopping at Home Depot, I thought I’d add to my ladybug’s friendship by purchasing a net bag full of little friends. I could hardly wait to release them to crawl around together. I gently opened the bag and in no time flat the newcomers flew off into the wild blue yonder. As my Mom would say, “Fiddlesticks!”

    • Cheryl clarson says:

      Fiddlesticks! My grandma used to say that too! Greatness. That just gave me a wonderful warm memory flash from the past of her. Thanks for reading, Marty and commenting and being a Daymaker!

  2. Carol says:

    Loved seeing beautiful scenery from all 50 states! Like you, I wasn’t aware of the particular attributes of a lot of the states. America the Beautiful!!!

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