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 grew up fishing. My childhood was like Huck Finn's. Thank you mom and dad but mostly thanks to an older brother. At six YO we would be gone all day except to get home for lunch. I grew up a feral child eating berries and wild and "found" fruit, drinking from streams while my eyes were inches from a crayfish or minnow in the water. Climbing fences and walls, carrying a fishing pole and a baseball mitt all Summer (in case a game broke out). But eventually I discovered I enjoyed being out there, on the water, in the woods, rather than "fishing". Fishing limited me too much. I don't hate fishing, I would do it, but I love wondering and fishing would tie me down. I wanted the same for my children but TV and other high tech distractions were more attractive to them. I grew up without TV and can remember sitting around the radio to listen to The Shadow or Red Ryder, even Hop-along Cassidy and Dick Tracy. As a kid in the early 50's I built my own crystal radio and even living near Boston I could (in the evening) pick up a pirate radio station in Mexico. But I digress. I fished for Salmon in Alaska, Steelhead in Oregon, trout in the Rockies, flatfish, flounder and Halibut in the ocean. But now I only fish in the super market or restaurants.