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.
We are trying, with no help and a lot of opposition, to produce decent, productive, ethical, moral, well-read, arithmetically capable, ambitious, vigorous, funny, kind, intellectually curious, self-regulating adults. And the only question anyone has for us is: how can we live with ourselves, knowing we're keeping our children from the wonders of attending the White Dwarf Star Academy.
Somehow we manage to bear up under the shame of it.
To tell the truth, the Mrs. has often said to be that if we were to do it over again, we would home school our kids and I would have to agree. Remember that Mrs. Shortwave is a teacher with 40 years of experience teaching low to middle performing students - successfully I might add. (True story - there were parents, about fifteen, who pulled their kids from Eighth grade class and sent them to private school when she retired.)
Second, please tell me that those morons trying out for a "reality" show are comedians and this is a Comedy Channel show? Nobody can be that inept - it's a practical impossibility.