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.
Those Trask shoes are weird looking. I mistrust men who spend a lot of money on indoor shoes. Hiking boots, running shoes, boots, all those are fine to spend a small fortune on--they make it possible to spend hours outdoors without blisters, etc. But show-off casual shoes are just too gay and/or nouveau for my taste. Some nice LLBean blucher moccasins or old fashioned penny loafers or perhaps a deck shoe with decent arch support (I still love my original topsiders but they are not very comfortable if you have to walk any distance). Then you can wear handmade laceups (Church's are okay) to go to the office and make the necessary money. But casual shoes should never cost as much as office shoes. Never trust a man so expensively dressed that he can't burp a baby, mow his own lawn or sand wood for fear of ruining his attire. It's a good sign if he wears Birkenstocks in summer--not afraid to look like a hippy in order to be comfortable.