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 can't wait to tell my next group of scuba divers, "Just remember, folks, you're completely surrounding yourself on all sides with the most hostile enviroment on earth, one that will suck the very life out of you if you get in it."
I used to tell the people in the basic boating class I taught in Adult Ed - "Nothing will kill you faster than calm placid lake on a nice sunny day." They would all tenatively laugh not sure if I was joking or not.
Then I showed the slides - the guy who decapitated himself by cutting donuts in a runabout, the skier who was run over by a bass boat, the wakeboarder who left the family jewels laying on the dock on take off, the 23' poontoon boat that had 22 people onboard when it flipped over trapping and killing three and injuring 12....I had about ten of them.
Nobody was laughing when I finished and they really paid attention after that. :>)
On a side note - one of my buddies used to charter out of Miami and now works out of Costa Rica just south of the Tortuguero National Park. We were chatting the other day on account of I really want to do some serious billfishing next winter and he was telling me that he caught a lionfish which surprized me as I always thought they were a Indian Ocean fish - apparently not because they've been seen in Florida waters - invasive from what I read.
Well, granted, open water can be dangerous, but I believe he called the ocean the most hostile environment on earth, not "one of", and I think that's a bit of a stretch. You could at least stay alive in the open ocean for a while. Try that in the arctic wasteland and you'll last about a minute.
And yes, I read an article on lionfish heading for the area not long ago, and nasty little beggars they are. Eat everything in sight, yet not much can touch them in return. I don't remember the exact details, but the gist was "they're headin' this way". Looks like they'll have to step on it if they plan on beating the oil slick.
Cpt. Tom, that was a great clip! I actually tracked over to Vimeo and watched the whole thing. There is a level of brilliance to what he is saying. There is a lack of humility to human learning that suffocates future learning. That arrogant hubris is choking our universities.