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 think the "Quaint New England Town" mime is a myth. From my regular travels to college towns around New England and Upstate New York, I find these places to be graveyards of a light industrial past. Many of these places were factory towns for GE and others and what is left are elderly poor who can't afford to leave and their stay-behind off springs and grandchildren who are just making ends meet. Many of those still working are making a living servicing tourists or highway travelers by working for the state or at a gas station or a fast food outlet. And there are those living mainly on welfare and government transfer payments (New England is very dependent on Federal transfer payments compared to other regions) and many are addicts and alcoholics. The shoreline towns are still very nice but they are owned by out-of-state summer visitors and some of the college towns are still above water thanks to the college revenue but overall New England is very overrated compared to its reputation. I often say, for example, that Vermont is West Virginia with frostbite.