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.
Been there done that! In a Chevy Cavalier no less! The EMT's tell me if I had been wearing a seatbelt I would have been paralyzed at best, most likely killed, as the beast went in the air and landed DIRECTLY on top of me. Had I been belted in I would have been smooshed, instead I was squeezed out of the driver's and into the passenger's seat.
I await a post involving a Black Bear vs. a car. I'll weigh in w/ my story then.......
......economic realities forced me into it. Which is a nice way of saying I was young and it was all I could afford.
The same cannot be said for the GMC Envoy that was totaled in the bear incident, that cost quite a bit more, was quite a bit bigger and folded like a wet cardboard box.
Africa has it's Big Five, up here we have the Big 3, Moose, Deer and Bear. While I have many friends who have claimed this trio via rifle and one who has done it with a bow, I am the only one I know who has taken all 3....with a bumper!
I don't even bother with permits anymore, just turn off my headlights and sneak up on 'em (at 70 mph)