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 don't understand how he has lived as long as he has, genes I guess. Everyone in my family has a very hard time giving up the ghost, suffering a long time. My grandmother lived to be 95 but her suffering was to see everyone dying around her , twin sister, husband and three children. Being the last to go was the hardest for her, but everybody had years of suffering to get the the goal of death.