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 picked up an 18' one last year as well. Let me say they are heavy as hell and be VERY careful when adjusting the length of the thing. I didn't have the insert portion securely latched into it and the top section fell right on my wrist. I just saw a flash of light when it crashed on my wrist. I immediately acquired a respect for the locking mechanism.
I have a little handyman/odd job/construction business. I find these letters extremely useful. They are a little heavy. But how else do you get up to the vaulted ceilings of these McMansions to replace a light fixture or whatever? And, my largest fits in the bed of a regular pick up truck but extends out to 26 feet.