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.
Many years ago, I was standing outside the Washington Monument with my son (then six) waiting to go up the elevator. It was a cold April afternoon; I remember that the US flags in a ring around the monument were just rattling like mad on their poles due to the wind.
We were wearing windbreakers. A woman and two young girls directly behind us - they were all wearing puffy winter jackets and gloves - asked in a very Southern accent: "Aren't y'all cold? My daughters and I are freezing!"
I replied with something to the effect that yes, it was a little cool but we were OK.
"Where are you from?" she responded.
There followed a barrage of - albeit friendly - American clichés about Canadians and cold weather!
I might add that we visited them in Arizona. Two different families, two different "trailer parks". The properties were manicured and spotless, the people (almost all Canadians) were happy, polite and gracious. I half joked that my wife and I would love to do this every winter and both families began looking for available units I could buy. I have always joked with the family that Canadians are just like Americans but with manners. It is true.