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'd rather have Eco read to me than to read him, and my lengthy weekend road trip was a good opportunity. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, about a 60 year-old antique book dealer with amnesia, is a bit bloated but has enough gold in it to make it worth it.