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 youngest BD pupette is away, visiting a pal at Brown. I had a 3-mile walk with Mrs. BD and the puppy early this morning, then I played 1 1/2 hours of singles tennis outdoors (for the first time this year. Warm-up time with my best old tennis buddy, with plenty of bloopers.). He also explained to me why commercial real estate will drop 35%. The math is quite simple, really. It's a lagging indicator. He says give it two years, barring strange commie political surprises.
Since then I have been shampooing the carpets, because it's the first day of the year when I can open all doors and window. That chore requires a few semi-cold beers.
After that, I have been assigned a number of planting chores. With a bit of luck, it may get dark first.
I heard the first plaintive cry of the loon this year on Wednesday night. Mrs. TD and I walked down to the lake this morning and caught the first glimpse of her. We had to restrain the black lab from jumping in the lake for fear that she would startle our favorite seasonal resident.
Took down the storm windows (we've the old-school units that hang on custom hangers on the outside of the frames) and put up a few screens. Gathered some of the unprecedented number of blown-down branches for a possible bonfire this evening. Turned over some turf where the new garden spot will locate.
Mrs. TD has a girl's night out, so when Boy returns from his airsoft war I'll ask if he wants movie night or bonfire night.