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.
scarcely trusting myself that I have left Thynia and the Bithynian
liquisse campos et uidere te in tuto.
plains, and that I see you in safety.
o quid solutis est beatius curis,
Oh, what is more blessed than to put cares away,
cum mens onus reponit, ac peregrino
when the mind lays down its burden, and tired
labore fessi uenimus larem ad nostrum,
with the labor of travel, we come to our own home
desideratoque acquiescimus lecto?
and rest on the bed we longed for.
hoc est quod unum est pro laboribus tantis.
This is the only thing that is worth such great toils.
salue, o uenusta Sirmio, atque ero gaude
Hello, charming Sirmio, rejoice in your happy master,
gaudente, uosque, o Lydiae lacus undae,
and you, Lydian waves of the lake,
ridete quidquid est domi cachinnorum.
laugh whatever laughter there is in your home.
Thanks to Catullus website. I like the metaphor of the watery island for a desired sexy girl. I won't vouch for the translation - will have Dylanologist translate the next Catullus - his choice. If you are deficient in knowledge about Catullus, the Roman aristocrat-soldier-poet-bohemian-skirtchaser who died about 50 years before Christ was born and was a family friend of Julius Caesar, check the website.