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.
A friend returned from a bachelor party weekend in the US heartland. His report:
Fri nite: Cookout at his friend's parents' house, with kegs, a bonfire, and fireworks of course in the back field. Sat: 6 hours at the shooting range, with unlimited shotgun, handgun, and rifle sports. Sat nite: They drove a few hrs from Ohio to Pittsburgh for a nice big dinner event, had to wear neat, clean clothes. Sun: They went to a dirt track race after early church. Box seats! Then everybody drove home to wherever they came from. Nobody flew, cuz firearms are not carry-on.
I have never attended a bachelor party as good as that. This was outside the Beltway for sure. Flyover Country where people change their own oil in their cars and trucks.
Hear gunshots regularly around our home. Sometimes I'm the guilty party, but only once and a while. We are about 31 miles NE of Philly, according to Ben's mile marker in the neighbors yard. More fly over country than the left would like to admit.
Even here in the "heartland" most of us can no longer change our own oil. Most of us know how, its just the cost of doing so is more than the $15(when on sale/deal)-$50 it cost to have someone else do it. I remember my grandfather taking the old oil and spraying it on the driveway to keep the dust down. Do that now and you might have a SWAT team knocking on your door.