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.
Those pictures remind me of photos of a sandspit near Houston that got wiped clean in the last hurricane to strike there. Hundreds of houses just wiped off the earth. One house, specially designed to withstand a storm surge, did survive, with some damage.
That, children, is the meaning of "awesome" - something capable of creating a sense of awe, which is among the normal human senses that I doubt you have ever experienced in your sheltered lives. Harrrumph!