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.
Nice trip. Saw a lot. Nice to be back, too. Will share some thoughts about it shortly, and some photos, but I don't have time to do that right now. Many thanks to Dr. Merc for pitching in to help Team Maggie.
Also, on this trip I think I managed to persuade our Dylanologist (by plying him with Barbera D'Asti and plenty of food) to post, in the near future, some pieces about 1) The historical white slave trade in Africa 2) The new questions about Continental Drift theory and 3) The final days of the Roman Empire (with special attention to the last chariot race in the Circus Maximus and to the day that the aqueducts ceased to carry water to a dying Rome). The Dyl has a wide range of interests - as we all do, here on the Farm, and the catastrophic collapse of Roman civilization in the West is of great interest to all of us.
But, first, this unique and historically symbolic photo which demonstrates my successful delivery of the Skippy Peanut Butter (one Extra Crunchy, one Smooth) to the Dyl and his peanut butter-deprived friends in Italy, from my hotel balcony overlooking lovely Lago Maggiore. Where else would you find such an odd photo except here at Maggies?
Frankly, I'm disappointed in Italian security. When I heard you were attempting to smuggle a known poison into their country, I immediately cabled them and told them that the FDA was considering reclassifying peanuts as a "toxic biohazard" -- and they still let you bring it in? Obviously, America and Britain are far, far ahead of 'second-world' countries like Italy when it comes to keeping our children safe from the dangers of trans fats, plastic water bottles, and, most of all, peanut butter.