We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Hollywood Che Cult. A sadistic, totalitarian murderer and rapist. But it was all "for the people." There are apparently no limits to what you can do "for the people." Stalin had many American apologists too.
One of the things this culture badly needs is a set of manhood ordeals. Unlike the tribal societies of the past, we’re too various for one size to fit all — but to reliably turn boys into men (or, to put it in more fashionable terms, to help them become mature and inner-directed) you need to put them under stress in a way that, except for the small percentage that go through military boot camps, we basically don’t any more.
Photo: Not only do I not particularly enjoy champagne or any other white wine, I do not enjoy New Year's Eve either. Never did. Always seemed like a time for phony, forced jollity (like that dumb dropping ball thing) and, as much as I enjoy a cocktail, I dread hangovers which have the power to steal a whole day of my precious time.
I have embarrassed myself the last few New Years Eves by falling asleep on my barstool well before midnight, so this year I am planning an early supper at home followed by a few rounds of killer Crokinole and then I will toast midnight on NY time. Might even watch the ball drop. 9PM is going to be close enough. Just like killer Crokinole, close counts.
So Happy New Year! Hope all farmers and friends have had a joyous Christmas season and wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous 2009.