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.
Not enough snow for a decent fort yet here. Kids and I are impatient. A foot would be great, but I doubt we'll get it. Shovelled several inches off the grill to make dinner (lazy mom, too tired after work to make anything but burgers and peppers and onions).
Chortling just now, listening to cruel hubby tormenting the hapless work study student calling to fundraise for our college's endowment fund "to give more money for financial aid". Since said college was just in news as being about to give more (but not complete aid) to undergrads, husband reduced caller to helpless silence by figuring out that giving all the undergrads a free ride from an annual 5% draw on the present endowment would still leave them in the hundreds of millions a year for whatever overpriced fund administrators and bureaucrats and pc programs they choose to support besides a decent core curriculum and instruction for the best and the brightest....SIGH! Why should we give money to an institution with more money than God, that will not give our two college bound a penny in aid next year, because our middle class frugal existence can supposedly find $90,000 a year from our back pockets...Maybe if we sell off Tara...just kidding...
Now back to hours of fun on a snowy evening troubleshooting my Mac startup disk without accidentally deleting my 15,000 photos and a hundred audiobooks and years of emails...yes, backed up, but when your computer is buggy the files are often corrupt, blah blah blah...Sending a laptop in for service is a last resort, dreaded. A bit like sending your journal in to have the binding fixed...the technician may not care about your overwrought emails or boring nattering to female friends about annoying spouses, difficult kids, etc. but YOU care and feel embarassed at the idea of some uncaring IT guy scrolling snarkily past your heartfelt messages, while figuring out the problem with the computer...It's like taking off your clothes for a checkup. The doctor doesn't give a damn, but you are mortified.
And as for Gore, does anyone know why he is so jowley? Liquid calories? Sedentary lifestyle on jetplanes while we frugal New Englanders walk and bicycle places and can't afford a family vacation or a meal out let alone a political career? Old fashioned greed? Good stewardship of the world's limited resources tends to produce skinny people. Hence my idea of the perfect male: a thin, frugal, bookish and chivalrous New England WASP.
Gore looks as if he is almost gout ridden! Weird, if you ask me. Sorry, about the computer. Do you have Apple stores in your area? If so, you can take your Apple (Mac) into their "Genius Bar". It is a wonderful service--give em a call and make a reservation--it is free.