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.
(sigh!) Looks like home! That's what I'd call a 'classic' California shot -- it has those tree-sprinkled, bare rolling hills like nowhere else in the USA. Brown in the summer, but catch them in the spring when the green grass is a'growin' and it's a sight to behold.
By the way, I take it that's your buddy Hal in the picture? It looks like he's put on a few pounds from here. He might take a tip from a gal that was in front of me at the Burger King the other day. She was a big girl and ordered three cheeseburgers, but made sure to order a Diet Pepsi so as not to pile on the extra calories. A word to the wise, and all that.