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 love baroque... it's so deliciously goofy. I used to think that if I were rich I would have a wonderfully severe, simple house furnished with Danish modern furniture, and in the middle of it, one over-the-top baroque table covered in gold leaf.
There is something to be said for the extravagance of aristocracy, in that they build something that endures ages. That building will endure centuries after tract homes are rubble- assuming that the Muzzies don't destroy it.