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.
As a boy, I attended the same church as Edmund Fitzgerald, the ship's namesake. I didn't know him, but we shared enough people in common. People thought of him as the "walking wounded." Devastated was the word I heard ...
Those Great Lakes ore boats are something else. My Dad's cousin was Chief Engineer on one for 30+ years. We would visit him in Superior Wisconsin during the winter and one year he took us aboard as his boat was in the shipyard in Superior for some repairs. I was about 10 years old and I remember how everything was so big. Also spent many hours watching the ore boats go thru the Lift Bridge in Duluth. Not much room on either side but those Captains know what they are doing. It is a sight to behold even as an adult.
And Gordon Lightfoot did it right.
A former coworker of mine used to DJ at an establishment that featured "Gentlemen's entertainment". That song over the PA was the signal that a fight had broken out and the girls were supposed to take cover in the back until things calmed down.
Another Guy Named Dan
A much harder rocking version, from the Headstones: