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.
Bird Dog advised me that every young person who can qualify needs to spend some time in New York to earn their Boy Scout Basic Urban Life Skills merit badge. I bought my suits and begin my new job this morning, which is sort-of journalism-related - but not a newspaper and much better-paid. (Papers aren't hiring anyway, these days.)
Yesterday I took a stroll through Little Italy, Chinatown, and the East Village. NYC is a carnival of vitality, and everybody looks young, attractive, busy, and lively. New construction is everywhere: my bedroom window overlooks a new high-rise going up. I will post when I am able. Not daily, I am sure, but I think I can enjoy this colorful life for a while. Hope and change. I won't be a stranger to Maggie's because I like this site so much.
Who is behind the Palin smear site? Obama. What a surprise. Didn't he say last week to McCain "You don't know what you're up against"? But there's an OODA loop, dude. Watch out! Sarah sells! As Camille Paglia says:
“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”
News Junkie: Amend that one to read: Basic Urban Life Survival Merit Badge, haha! This is the one I assume is mastered by all Metrosexuals. Then there is the "40 Below" Merit Badge, which I saw demonstrated on the A&E show about Alaska- "It's Tougher In Alaska", or some such title: To earn the 40 below merit badge, the Scouts build an igloo and then stay overnight when it is at least 40 below zero Farenheit. Bbbbrrrrrrrr. No wonder Camille Paglia thinks Sarah Palin is "....tough as nails"! Metrosexuals need not apply! In any event, NJ, good luck with all those Metrosexuals and keep posting when you can!
I've been to NYC a few times and really liked the city.
But - as a guy from Detroit - NYC was way too crowded, busy, and 'soul sucking'. I could visit, but never live there. I saw so many people who just had a 100' stare - they never looked at people (I'm told 'cause there are so many) and they just ignored almost everything around them. Ugh.
I hope you keep your independence while you're there, and I hope the new job fits you as well as that new suit. :)
Obama did get a small bump in the polls post-convention so I think it would be fairer to call it a "dead cat bounce." As in, if you drop a dead cat from high enough of course it will jump a little at the bottom.
I wish you my best on your new job, and I hope you have a great time in NYC. I took one of my daughters down there last year and had a blast! I was very disappointed in Little Italy. Boston's North End is much bigger. China Town in NYC is the best. I plan on coming down again, with my ball and chain/wife. I can take about three of four days then I have to get out of that place but I love going down. I want to go to Peter Lugers Steak house and the Carnegie Deli. The food is the best, but clothes are very expensive! Stay safe,and if you're new boss gives you a hard time , tell him/her to pound sand.