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.
However, after watching two little germ reservoirs blow out the candles, I'll just have ice cream if you don't mind.
Blowing out the birthday candles is an old, old tradition and it must be harmless . . . but it just grosses me out. I can go outside and work cattle and then eat without washing my hands, and think nothing of it, but for some reason, watching someone blow spray all over the birthday cake is a genuine ewwww moment for me.
Funniest thing I heard Sunday was at a ski area. It was getting toward quitting time and My-Better-Two-Thirds and I, along with several other adults, were waiting outdoors near the lodge for the younger generation to finish up their skiing. Just a beautiful day.
A very young girl, perhaps five or thereabouts, came clomping over with her dad. Clearly they had made their last run. The girl plopped herself down on a bench among the rest of us and said, matter of factly, "My legs are ready to be finished with these boots!"
There wasn't an adult within earshot who didn't laugh at that.