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.
One of the first posts on this site, back when we had around 20 visits per day and had no idea what we were doing (not that we do now), was our visit to Christo's Gates on a frigid day in Central Park:
sure there is always a better way to spend money but they paid for it and what is better than giving millions of people jhoy and showcasing a beautiful city like New York? What about Harry Reid giving Senator Landrieu 100 million dollars the her coffer, isn't there a better way to spend that money? It is all in the eye of the beholder as they say.
I went over the Grapevine between the LA basin and the Central Valley in California several times while the big, yellow umbrellas were being installed on the mountainsides, and during the time they remained up. I was most intrigued by the groups of 20-foot umbrellas in meadows, sort of reminding me of mushrooms which just pop up one day in the lawn.
As I recall, a set of umbrellas in a different color was going up in Japan at the same time. Blue, I think.
I was also on the road during the windstorm that unmoored some of the umbrellas and sent them tumbling and skidding down the hills and across the valley. Crews tried to close them all, but many got away. Pretty scary. One killed a woman and Cristo immediately took down the project. Broke his heart, as I recall.