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TOYS AND GAMES: Say It Ain’t So, Atticus

Just re-read Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird in advance of reading Go Set a Watchman, which will be released on Tuesday.

Sadly, the early reviews have already upset my applecart given the direction Atticus Finch takes in Lee’s highly anticipated novel.

Atticus_and_Tom_Robinson_in_court Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson in the move “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus risks everything to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape in the fictional Alabama town of Maycomb. Go Set a Watchman is also set in Maycomb, just twenty -something years later in the 1950s. And here’s the bombshell: Atticus is now a racist.

Say it ain’t so. Doesn’t such a scenario seem as far-fetched as Boo Radley being best friends with William F. Buckley, Jr.?

I will still be downloading Go Set a Watchman on Tuesday, though I’m anticipating a deflating experience.

Believe or not, the airlines are coming up with a way to squeeze more passengers on their planes.

According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, Zodiac Seats France, an airline seat maker, has filed for a patent that would allow for a reconfiguration of the seats to where the middle passenger in a row is seated facing the back of the plane. Such a design will allow a Boeing 767 to added 80 seats.

Yes, this is quite a happy day for those who are can barely exhale on a plane due to the already crowded conditions. We’re talking tighter than a certain thing’s headband.

And here’s a shocker. According to HealthDay News, online sites that diagnose health problems with their symptom checkers are only correct about 33 percent of the time.

Let’s see, I’m online ordering socks and a widget from Amazon when I decide to open another window to seek a diagnosis for why my gums are bleeding and I have a goiter on my neck? Well, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true, right?

Finally, I explained to Patti that I’ve learned from my travels that you never want to order anything hard to cut at an airport restaurant due to the fact that they only allow plastic knives (though I’ve heard there are exceptions). I offered that as an explanation for why I opt for nourishment at the bar when traveling. Cocktails do not require cutting for enjoyment.

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