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.
We are remembering last September's trip to Northern Italy and the Dolomites (with a drive down to Verona). Pic is me - yer editor Bird Dog with well-used Osprey day pack - made in Dolores, Colorado. That pack has been from Telluride to Tunisia to Turkey, and lots of places in between.
I do not mind looking like an American tourist. In fact, I often try to, just for fun.