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.
I asked my excellent carpenter-handyman how business is going these days. He was replacing a couple of windows and fixing a few doors for us. A 2-day job. He stays entirely on one job until it is done, and he is meticulous.
He said he is making more money from 3-day jobs now than he was making from 3-10 week jobs last year. He confided that he generally makes $100-150,000/year, and that he is happier working solo instead of with the employees that he had for many years. Less aggravation, and happier customers. He is booked up for the next four months.
The guy is a serious history buff so he is fun to have around. He starts work a 7 AM, and refuses to work after 4 pm to protect his personal and family time.
I'm guessing that half is pay is in cash - tax free. Should have learned a trade instead of going to business school. I tell it to my younger brother and young soldiers in the Guard and they think I'm crazy.