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.
We, the friendly frenetic farmers, are glad you're back at the helm. I mean, the pressure! Would you believe the howling mob out there actually expects coherency, logic and readability in our posts? It's a pretty demanding crowd, I can tell you! But, now that our Editor-In-Chief is back in control, we can go back to our usual slovenly ways, knowing that his sharp, beady little eyes will catch our errors as he reviews our submissions with his 3000X electron microscope. Glory be!
"my photo skills seem to have achieved a new low in quality"
Granted, palsy is a terrible thing. Maybe you could counteract it by wearing a suit made of ice cubes? The shivering might negate the quaking from the palsy and enable you to take some decent snaps.
Unless, of course, you meant the pictures were fuzzy, in which case I'd suggest you clean the camera lens.
"Lens? But it's a digital camera!"
Oh, never mind. :)
As nice as pictures are, I like to hear cultural commentary. What habits and words and actions did you find interesting? Strange street signs and store signs? Whatever you write, it should make for an interesting read. Your travelogue from Italy last summer was superb.
Bird Dog ... Soo glad you're back and had a great time. Your online crew here kept things going in great style, and even gave the Maggies Babes a charming pic of "guy totty" to exclaim over and speculate about.
I like your bow tie, by the way. They're supposed to be a little crooked. Handwork generally is.
My world-travelling experience led me to be contented at home. I don't think I've been more than 25 miles away from home, a bike errand radius, in a decade, except to pick up a new puppy (80 miles) in 2006.