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.
That's a decent excuse to post one more of my Ohio pics from 2 weeks ago - the new Paul Newman Field House at Kenyon College. Fantastic for such a tiny college. Kenyon is strong in swimming.
The story is that alumnus Newman offered Kenyon a blank check for new theater and auditorium facilities. Kenyon said "Thanks - but we're good with the old stuff we have." So Newman asked "Well, then what can I do?"
You have forgotten Wisconsin, which dumped Feingold, took two Democratic Congressional Districts and made them Republican and elected a Republican Gov, and the GOP now controls both houses of the legislature. Big earthquake here, in Wisconsin yesterday.
Anyway, thanks for the pictures. I grew up in Ohio, but I've been in the late, formerly great state of California ever since getting out of the military.
As a boy I spent many cold fall mornings in the cornfields, pheasant hunting with my dad and his bird dog (English springer spaniel).
As a boy I would work field trials with my dad. My job was to lay out the pheasants next to bamboo stakes with a little ribbon, so the trainer knew where to direct the dog with whistle commands and hand signals. The dogs are very intelligent and will follow commands from a quarter mile away.
You can put a pheasant to sleep in about 5 seconds: tuck the head under the wing, rock it back and forth about 3 - 4 times, and lay it in the grass. The bird snoozes until the dog comes charging in and flushes it into the air.
Pheasants are like roadrunners, they'd rather run than fly, and they can out-run anyone. A trained dog is a necessity.
They lay their brown eggs right out in the open, in the fields. I don't know how they survive, but they do. Ohio has millions of pheasants.
Now that California is self-destructing I think more and more about moving back to Ohio.
I grew up in Ohio but left years ago, right after high school. Then and now it was about jobs; there are none in Ohio, so stay in the screwy state of California. The folks elected to serve in Ohio mismanaged their job for the entire time I can recall, and I doubt the next 4 years will be any different. Just more people womdering when it will change...