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.
Madama Butterfly live from the Met got me through a day of heavy lifting and clean-up - after my redundant morning work-out. Shlepping my in-law's stuff as they move to an independent living home, and making space for stuff we or our kids can use. Good new beds and never-used mattresses, etc.
This is one reason I donate to WQXR - to keep the good stuff coming. It's the tunes. I have an FM antenna high on the top of the roof, but they do online too. Computer speakers are terrible.
We visited his house in the olde walled town of Lucca, and the church where he learned music. Pilgrimage to a pop star.
Off topic - my best peach tree bloomed today, and we have snow and windstorms tonight. Damn that pesky Climate Change. Meanwhile, ye olde HQ is filled with the pungent smell of garlic, onion, oil, oregano, and capers. Bottle the smell of that sauce for sole. Or soul.
Go to Brookstone and buy one of their Big Blue Studio wireless speakers. Amazing what it does when mated to your iPad or PC. Great sound. It's about the size of a half-loaf of bread. Set it on a nightstand or dining room table or desk. By the way, between us, get that "c" back in schlep. It doesn't sound right without it. You are an endless source of wisdom, whimsy and enjoyment.
Ralph Kinney Bennett
For redfish, it's hard to beat oyster sauce and lemon pepper.