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.
Don't knock Asian bookstores. The most incredible chain of bookstores I've ever experienced, bar non, is the Eslite Bookstores in Taipei, Taiwan. An incredible, imaginative mix of great books, household items, and a haven to the reading community. "Eslite" in traditional Chinese characters translates to "Cheng Pin," or Quality Products. Y'all should come visit! Many thanks for your many, many great posts, best regards, Ai Taishan