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 need to revise anything I said about Mohonk's Labyrinth scramble. It's not doable by the average person. I suspect very few people I know over 40 could handle the challenge. We were the only people we saw attempting it who had some grey hair - the only people over 40 for sure.
In fact, I had a great sense of accomplishment after getting through the Lemon Squeeze up towards the top of Skytop. Proud of myself.
We wondered how they cleaned up the bodies of those who slipped and fell, or got stuck and died of starvation. Must be a special clean-up crew.
... antithetical to the stated goals of Wokeness is the tendency of its most popular preachers to castigate sinners instead of calmly attempting to persuade them of the justness of the Woke doctrine. Antithetical, but perfectly comprehensible from a signaling perspective. Those who are Woke don’t really want to inhabit an entirely Woke world without the bigoted masses; instead, they want to occupy a world of good and evil, of the just and the wicked, of the high status and the low status, of the elite and hoi polloi. The Woke faithful almost certainly do believe that the world is unjust, even wicked, and they almost certainly do sincerely want to ameliorate the suffering of its victims. However, they also want to signal their membership to an elite and morally righteous club, and therefore they need an out-group, a foil, a morally wicked other for contrast. And, they can’t let just any kind-hearted person into their club, because then it would lose its exclusivity. So they must develop a strenuous vetting system, one that is vigilant and suspicious and quick to detect sin.
In short, James Comey, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page have all said or implied that the FBI had nothing linking Trump to Russia. Which, as John Solomon concluded last week, raises the question: If there was no concrete evidence of collusion, why did we need a special prosecutor?
I assume the prosecutor was to handcuff Trump. Didn't work, thus far. Honey Badger doesn't give a shit.
Cultural differences are interesting. Euroland is halfway there, but US citizens (other than those dependent on it) mostly retain an attitude of rebellion against government power. Still, I bet somebody at the NSA would love those Chinese systems.
Of all three delights, right now hunting partridge and woodcock in the North Woods of New Hampshire (around Pittsfield) and Maine is my favorite.
You need to be in good shape to do that, and you need a good dog too. I remember one October when we worried that a somewhat overweight cousin would drop dead busting brush in a Maine swamp. Turned pale, could not go on after 7 hours. Forget roads or trails. Wilderness. Hated to let him rest but we figured that to get his corpse out of there we'd have to quarter him like a moose and pack his remains 4 miles out to a dirt road.
He survived, but never re-upped. I love tramping through the swamps and brush and hills of northern Maine. Damn good workout. If you fire three shots in 7 hours, it's good. If you down a bird or two, even better. It's not shopping.
Like Michigan and Minnesota, our North Woods in New England are wonderfully wild.
For fall and winter outdoor fun, first get rid of that fat. It holds you back to a depressing extent. Anybody can easily lose 10 lbs/month by eating rationally and sparingly. If you have excess fat, remember the rule: Whenever you feel hungry, it means that you are beginning to burn fat - not that you need food. Three meals/day is crazy for people with fat. 3 snacks is plenty.
For grouse hunting, mountain hiking, and skiing, you need to work the heck out of your lower body if you want to keep up with the others. Focus on deads and squats, and lower body endurance exercises. Lots of wall-sits for skiers, because that is half of skiing.
We have friends who ski all winter in their 80s. They keep themselves in great shape for it. Working out and eating sparingly year-round. I want to end up like them. Vigorous, wiry, and energetic.