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.
Spending a few days at meetings in midtown Manhattan. Readers know that this ol' country boy does love NYC for a regular dose of the Big Time.
Details: Park Ave. Note the line for Grizzly's food truck on the left. Smells great. Flags are St. Barnabas. Next, on left, Waldorf-Astoria (now owned by the Chinese). Other buildings are mostly banks. All day and all night, streets filled with people bundled against the cold, cars zooming, limos waiting. Vitality. Attractive, put-together people. Great fun just to amble around and check things out.
Seeing the MefLife - formerly the Pan Am- Building atop Grand Central Station reminds me of the story my commuter uncle told me. One time, while entering Grand Central for the commute back home, he saw LBJ and RFK in a limo. LBJ was giving RFK some sort of dressing down- shaking his finger in RFK's face. Those two definitely didn't like each other.
Back in the day I flew on a helicopter to JFK from the top of the PanAm Building. I worked in the building directly across from the Waldorf so it was super-convenient and fast, about 10 minutes to JFK as I recall.
Unfortunately one day a blade broke off from a chopper and killed a pedestrian and that was the end of a great service.