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.
Years ago I caught the skiing bug; it requires a focus and single-mindedness like nothing else I do. It's made me fitter, calmer, and confident to the point of being intrepid. My wife caught the bug while we were still dating; she now insists on at least two intense ski weeks a year (and conspires for more).
Years back we'd mingle with the gangs of "rucos" like George at Park City, hoping to be like them after retirement. Well, we made it. And, like George, we still slip and move our shoulders too much in the turns, but we're still having fun.