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 recall my first deaths in medical school, in the ER. Two ambulances, family of four after a parking lot accident. The cool efficiency of the ER senior resident doing five-second triage: the 7 year -old - "Dead." The ten year-old - "Dead." The Mom - "Dead." The dad, blue but not grey like the others - "Breathing. Get him in a room and let's work on him. Tube here now, chest tube, EKG, crash cart, IV. Get a surgeon down here. Let's go, team."
In just a couple of minutes the unconscious Dad was intubated, had an emergency chest tube, IV, monitor, etc., survived.