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.
I was never a big fan of Blazing Saddles. My theory is that in order to like a satire, you need to like what is being satirized. I saw enough Westerns in my childhood, but I was never a fan of Westerns.
I had relatives out West who wore cowboy boots and were attached to the land. My grandfather farmed, but I don't believe he ran cattle. My uncle ran cattle on his land. His son still does. I didn't see much resemblance between my relatives out West and what I saw in Westerns. I saw Westerns as bullshit.
Two prominent authors of Westerns, Jack Schaefer (Shane) and Zane Grey, were born and raised in Ohio.