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.
The banner picture reminds me of the riverboat race that was held every year and ran out of Memphis to a small town south of Memphis. It was great fun to watch the wheels churning up the muddy water and always reminded any red blooded American that anything can be raced if it can be moved by any method devised by mere mortals.
That is a pretty good song about the Mississippi, even more so by being written by an Englishman. I don't think an American could have done better. Kudos to Elton John.
Time for me to read-or read again- Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi. Lyrics of catching catfish on the creek while seeing the steamboat go by- reminds me of the cabin on a creek off the Mississippi that my grandparents owned. Not that far from Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.