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.
My chimney sweep was here at noon (to check my flue after my fire on Friday). As he was scoping out my chimney and sending his brushes and vision device up there like a colonoscopy, he commented "I hope we send a clear message to Washington tomorrow."
He is retired career USMC. He still lifts and runs every day, and it is obvious. Oorah. His son is a SEAL.
(He has a very good business going - at $150 per chimney, he was booked up solid from August through December, and does a second round in Feb. for heavy users. His preferred customers have multiple chimneys. Like a dentist, he sends out reminder postcards to his people each July to make appointments. He has a deer- and turkey-hunting cabin on 200 acres up in West Nowhere, NY, has a modest life and doesn't really need the money, so he uses his income to bring his entire family, including grandkids, on one-month European trips every June. He rents a big house with a cook and housekeeper in a different place each year, flies the the folks over and back whenever they can get free to come, and rents cars for them. Last year, he did Scotland. In past years he has done a Greek island, Tuscany, the Czech Rep., Sweden. This June he plans on Sicily, which I told him I felt was an excellent choice).
I said to this hearty, red-blooded American: "I think we will send a message, but who will be listening?"
Get your chimneys cleaned, Maggie's Farmers. We cannot afford to lose any readers in house fires.
People seem more inclined to vote this time around. We'll see.
As for chimneys, the only ones I have these days are the gas fireplace (came with the house and the Better-Two-Thirds likes it) and the chimenea out on the patio. I use the super torch method of keeping that cleaned - make REALLY big fires the scour the short chimeny. Much more fun that way.
It sounds insane, but there is something to that paper stuffing and ignition. Apparently, it loosens up any large pieces of creosote (which are the main source of chimney fires) and they fall off leaving the minor stuff left. In some places, they use straw.
I've never tried it - don't want to try it - ain't gonna try it, but I have heard of that before from an old farmer who was on the FD when I first joined - never had a chimney fire in all the years he lived in his home.
I had my chimney rebuilt and re-lined last week. There is one Christine O'Donnell sign on my street, and my chimneyman walked over and straightened it every day. He owns the business and has been in it for 30+ years, put four kids through college.
In other Christine O'Donnell news, my husband's orthopaedist is featured in the 30-minute ad that the local public access TV station "forgot" to air although they were paid top dollar. This man performed two surgeries on my beloved and has a very successful practice. He was not only berating ObamaCare as a potential source of ruin for his and others' practices, but was advocating O'Donnell personally.
She may not win, but it's not going to be the blowout we've all been promised.
If one doctor thinks that way, I can guarantee there are others.
Down here in the south, we build our chimneys on the end, not in the middle like Up Nawth. Some of the old country houses had chimneys that leaned out of plumb away from the house and so had to be held up with timbers. This was intentional. If the chimney caught on fire, you'd run out and jerk out the timbers and let it fall over, away from the house. Cleaning would be smarter, but this worked pretty well.
And that is a good metaphor for gov't. It can't stand on its own; it needs the people's support. Now that the damn thing has caught on fire, we're fixing to jerk out the support and start over.