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.
A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.
The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come and take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage..
"Hey, Doc, want to take a look at this?"
The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle.
The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $39,675 a year and you get the really big bucks ($1,695,759) when you and I are doing basically the same work?"
The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic...........
An OB-GYN made enough money to retire and wanted to fulfill his dream of being a factory trained Porsche mechanic. For the final exam, they had to identify the problem and repair the engine. Herr Instructor announced that 50% of the grade would be on diagnosis skill and 50% on mechanical ability. At the graduation ceremony, the good doctor was surprised to find he had scored 150%. He asked his teachers why and they replied: "50% for your detecting the problem, 50% for replacing the part and 50% for doing it all through the tailpipe"
but a cardiologist doesn't do it with the engine running. I suffered an aortic dissection, they lower the body temp, stop the heart and hook you up to a heart/lung machine. the heart is isolated. My aorta was completely unhooked from my heart for repairs.