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.
Interesting. I could see the types and the problems were there even near 30 years ago when I was in college. I was set to go to the state flagship but bailed after orientation. A variety of reasons but money mostly. I figured I could make what I had go further staying in my home town going to the state university there and using my contacts for jobs instead of competing with hundreds of new students in another town.
To be fair, there were signs. First, I didn't really like the other city, never have. Second, I was a "mobility" student going into engineering and not a big football fan yet my assigned dorm was in the stadium. At a big time football school. My first thought was that would make studying hard. Plus, although I didn't see the inside, if there is a dorm in the stadium and it isn't for athletes, it means it is the crappiest dorm there is. I'd bet money on it. Then at orientation, I had my car battery stolen. Oh, and the blowout on the way home. Hint, hint, hint.
Yes, I went to a "lesser" school, but I got the magic piece of paper. Got a job and only occasionally wondered if things would have been different. As this article relates, it could have been very bad different as well. Over the years, I've learned to trust my gut, it's saved my bacon a lot. Seems it did then as well.
Hey, ring knocking has its value but only if you are social in the first place.