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 failures and errors have taught me a lot, my successes have taught me little
Edison was asked a variant, re his thousand failed "first light bulb". The reporter asked him what new thing he had learned to make that first light bulb. Edison answered "That the first light bulb took a thousand steps".