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.
Photo: Our porch. No screens, no bugs. Just a constant cool sea breeze.
Cut my driving time to our place on Cape Cod by an hour with my new fun car. A sporty but not excessive 280 hp with turbo, but I've never had a car that could cruise comfortably in the left lane at 85- 90 mph or which wants you to accelerate into corners and curves instead of braking. I have been cheap/practical with vehicles all of my life until now. This car has the tightest steering I could imagine, and zero roll on curves. Sheesh, kinda fun, a bit of adrenaline.
Only thing I could figger out on the sound system thus far was the Sirius Grateful Dead station. That is something ok for driving. Never a big Dead fan but I got the gist of it. Still not a big fan, but I sort-of appreciate their relaxed stoner approach. No CD players in new cars, which is a great annoyance.
A few thoughts about Wellfleet, on Cape Cod, below the fold.
Why do we love Wellfleet, MA? 6 or 7 ponds for swimming, sparsely-used ocean beaches for body surfing with the sharks and seals, Cape Cod Bay and Wellfleet Harbor also for water play, kayaking, and sailing, wonderful seafood restaurants, the beautiful protected land of the Cape Cod National Seashore with no bugs cuz of the sea breezes, the Audubon marshes, too many things to do every day, Shakespeare in the park, and the relatively non-snooty small "d" democratic atmosphere. Well, it's a lefty place too but that's fine if they like things I like. OK, we do like to cruise the art galleries too on a rainy day to see what's happening. Perhaps the best things of all are the Wellfleet oysters. We tried to overdose on them, almost succeeded once at lunch. Three dozen for our little group.
Plus this year we had a birthday party for me on the porch, 23 relatives and pals, each with a 1 1/2 lb lobster to chew on. Good times, memorable times. I will survive, we will survive. For the BD Clan of which I am now pater familias, it is physical exertion and fun all day, and seafood dining/party time at night. The relatives, sibs (5 of us), nieces and nephews, and inlaws, are up for anything at any moment, even if just a 5 mile run or a swim race across Long Pond or Dyer Pond. The BD Clan owns Wellfleet for 10 days in August. Wonderful family, wonderful kids. Watch out for us, because we have the energy from 5 am to cocktail hour.
I went to a Grateful Dead concert once, a long time ago. I thought it was boring. No song ever begins or ends, it's just a four hour jam session. Jerry Garcia was there, unfortunately, he has four daughters that look exactly like him.