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.
Everything that the West has done to appease Muslims has worked as well as a man jumping into a tiger cage and pouring meat sauce all over his body. Each act of appeasement only makes Muslim violence necessary and inevitable.
I sure hope our pianos, either of them, ever wind up in a dump. I trust our daughters to be discerning enough to fight over the 1938 Steinway grand. The Young Chang upright might be another matter but it is quite a nice little piano (and all we could afford at the time).
Dental insurance makes little sense to me. Not that good dental care can't get expensive (I just had a crown yesterday), but it's pretty predictable. Insurance should be for rare unpredictable expenses that can be ruinous, like the cost of completing rebuilding your house after a fire, or the cost of a heart transplant. If I ever got dental insurance, I'd want a deductible that wouldn't be met unless I had to get ten implants all in one year. Root canals and crowns I'll just budget and save for, thanks. We all know they're going to happen.
When most people have dental insurance, we'll see dental costs skyrocket, and we'll start having trouble with pre-existing conditions just as we do with medical insurance.