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.
A guy once told me that he left his only copy of a (typewritten) book manuscript in a NYC taxicab. Never saw it again. He was in a hurry, on his way to copying it before delivering it to a publisher. It was a novel. He tried to rewrite it, but finally said the hell with it. Now he just writes essays.
This happened to T.E. Lawrence, too. He lost the first draft (and only copy) of Seven Pillars of Wisdom on a train.
"Lawrence kept extensive notes throughout the course of his involvement in the Revolt. He began work on a clean narrative in the first half of 1919 while in Paris for the peace conference and, later that summer, while back in Egypt. By December 1919 he had a fair draft of most of the ten books that make up the Seven Pillars of Wisdom but, in an act of monumental absent-mindedness and misfortune, lost it (except for the introduction and final two books) when he misplaced his briefcase while changing trains at Reading railway station."
Lawrence had made extensive notes during the campaign, which he had destroyed after writing the draft. He therefore had to reconstruct the book from memory.
Hands down the funniest book I have ever read is based on a story about a misplaced, then stolen, and then published manuscript. 'The Bear Went Over the Mountain', William Kotzwinkle, 1999(?). Also the author of 'Walter, the Farting Dog'. Take out your dentures before reading either of these two books and don't even think about eating or drinking anything while reading them without a plastic spatter guard and you are sure you can perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself.