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 can relate.
What should have been a 4 hour job hauling 10 loads of manure turned in to stretching over 4 days and a few more hours with flat tire.
Thank God for straw, or the poor girl would be freezing.
Pity the thought of what that would mean, ie sans straw and chilled to boot!