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.
oh how I remember as a younger man rummaging through old farm dumps in rural Upstate NY after a morning of unsuccessful hunting (if I was successful I went right home to process my game). unfortunately, my best find, a hand blown large glass flask, was inadvertently tossed out by my father on a cleaning rampage. I also remember one abandoned panel truck that made a pretty decent deer blind.
I'm exactly the opposite. I like carrying a camera and have a few that are quite small so it is easy to have one with me most of the time. I like taking pictures and find the camera ability of a phone to be lacking in many ways. I don't like to carry that damned smart phone. It is too delicate, slips out of my pocket when I reach down to get something and is bulky. I liked my little flip phone better and wish i had kept it. My phone sits on the little table beside my comfortable chair and usually thats where it stays when I go somewhere. Every time I see someone on their phone or playing games I think how lucky I am mine is at home shut off.
I agree about a small camera. My favorite is a Leica xvario (maligned by purists but has autofocus, image stabilization, decent zoom and great image quality and now available often 2nd hand) or a Fuji x100f. Tho they aren’t cheap, they take gorgeous pictures. Also, I don’t want to be badgered on my phone when on a hike. Tho the gps functions on a smartphone come in handy when on a new trail...also important if alone. But a smartphone is useless for summoning help most places as any place worth hiking in has no cell service anyway so I just tell my loved ones where I’m going. Without any stock in Apple, tho, I’d say the new 8 plus (not the invasive X) has such a great camera that I am occasionally taking only that (if out in really bad weather on a long and very hilly route as it’s waterproof).
That brings up a pet peeve. When we are in South Grand Canyon Park the cell service is just about non-existent. There is a hot spot where you can get cell service and even get online with a computer. But for whatever reason my wife's smart phone won't get service there. She has five bars but no 4gl so no service. We have AT&T so I asked more than one AT&T expert at their store why we can't get service. They have no answer. Other people got service but not us. I can get online with my laptop but the phone doesn't work. To make it all worse I was hiking back up South Kaibab Trail about a mile from the top and some guy is walking down talking away on his flip phone, WTH. I should have stopped him and asked which service he uses.
That stuff's not on display. It's just parked until the owner can get around to fixing it. After it's been parked for awhile, some slicker will come along and offer 10x what it's worth fixed, and the owner will sell it. I have a whole garage full of stuff like that. I pity my heirs having to get rid of it.
In Montana we have (had) a different tradition. I know many ranch wives who would NOT TOLERATE a "dirty yard"! They may not have had a lot of cash in those days but they did have self respect and pride of place. If the old man had an old tractor, he was made to take it out back somewhere and park it lined up nice and tidy with the other crap!
Now, however, on some of our most scenic highways we have folks from "out of state"--KY,TN,OK,AR, etc. who feel it is their "right" to park any kind of garbage they want to out on the highway side of their property. They do it for spite. They do it to feel like they have some power of some sort. Or, they just do it because the place they left behind had a cultural tradition of abuse and personal cruelty. I'll send pictures, if you show me how. In the meantime I am very happy with my flip phone and clean yard.
I think I should elaborate on the situation here in the Rockies. Many people move here because they want to be free from government. Ok. They also want to feel good about packing a piece into Costco--geez folks we locals don't do that. Then there is the part about their need to keep the rifle rack in the truck window filled to capacity every day of the year. Aww shucks,ya know we only do that during hunting trips, or if we are really working a real ranch and need one (1) in case of bears or other emergencies. The rack gets emptied when we go to town you fool! So, these outlanders have started an expression complete with bumper stickers and window decals it is this: "Monf&*ktucky" To which our local lads have finally responded with "Monf*&TANA". Also now available in bumper stickers and window decals! We are very careful how we manage our Place. We know we have been blessed by our Creator and consider keeping it original as much as possible is a duty and a pleasure.