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.
Finally made it to the American Stories show at the Met today. Wonderful fun. I highly recommend it, especially with the museum's audio guide. I think going through this show takes around 1 to 1 1/2 hours with the audio, and it will be there until the end of January.
Amazing examples of American art - for a few striking examples: Copley's Paul Revere, Eakins, George Bingham, plenty of Charles Willson Peale including the one showing his mastodon skeleton, and lots of great Winslow Homers including Gulf Stream:
My advice to anybody visiting the Met: Pick one thing to see.One permanent exhibit or one temporary show. Go straight to it and, after that, leave. Do not get distracted or drawn into other things or you will end up with the brain-numbing surfeit of images and information to which I refer by the term "museum brain." You can always come back.
With sharks circling the boat, your choice of pictures is appropriate for this link:
Here you will see that the Russian mafia--which has a very strong foothold in NJ, and NY docks, has managed to force out a Montana business. Ya gotta love those Eastern European/Chicago connections. Someday maybe a democracy will be more important than the right to gamble. I personally think it is too late. In an interview done in Thursday's WSJ, Wayne Newton suggested that Flathead Lake in Montana should become the next Lake Tahoe gambling paradise. We the people have no way to say NO do we--not singe they taught the last AG (Gonzales) how close he came to being destroyed for having the courage to try to clean up the corruption in WA state elections. Oh well--the only brave are in Afghanistan--fighting for what I must ask?