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.
Donít interfere with something that ainít botheriní you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
The easiest way to eat crow is while itís still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digginí.
If it donít seem like itís worth the effort, it probably ainít.
†It donít take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.
The biggest troublemaker youíll probably ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.
Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
If you get to thinkiní youíre a person of some influence, try orderiní somebody elseís dog around.
Donít worry about bitiní off moreín you can chew; your mouth is probably a whole lot biggerín you think.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Generally, you ainít learniní nothing when your mouthís a-jawiní.
Telliní a man to git lost and makiní him do it are two entirely different propositions.
If youíre ridiní ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure itís still there with ya.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
When you give a personal lesson in meanness to a critter or to a person, donít be surprised if they learn their lesson.
When youíre throwiní your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.
Lettiní the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttiní it back.
Always take a good look at what youíre about to eat. Itís not so important to know what it is, but itís sure crucial to know what it was.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
OK, those are a bit jocular, but codes like the Larimer County one are dead serious. The more I think about social/societal codes, the more important I realize that they are. Sociologists probably think about this a lot. Codes of behavior - not skin color, not wealth, not national origin†- are what distinguish "tribes", and tribes are communities of trust in which the behavior of others is predictable, comprehensible, and based on shared assumptions, morals, and sets of values.
Old postcard: Long's Peak from Bear Lake, Estes Park, Larimer Co, Colorado
When you study the various codes of conduct, they seem to have more similarities than differences. Its wrong to kill without reason, don't foul the nest, respect private property, enjoy life and teach the code to the young are some of those similarities. Doubtless many others.