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.
With regard to luck, I suggest finding an old Money Magazine article, from about 2003, entitled "R U Lucky?" It is the best article I've ever read on the topic and confirms my belief that you make your own luck.
Branch Rickey said it best. "Luck is the residue of good planning."
Yesterday Instapundit linked to a self-defense book by Col. Jeff Cooper, and Cooper's whole premise is based on those kind of ideas in my reading. I think he termed the optimal state for self-defense as relaxed awareness, but the idea is with firearms training and situational awareness your odds of surviving an attack increase significantly.
The luck article goes on about mixing up your situation as a method of increasing your luck. I out once with a girlfriend who made "luck" happen. We stopped at a house somewhere in the middle of the state to look at a '66 Nova and we ended up having coffee with the owners of the car in their kitchen. While we were taking an English Bull Dog ran by the window dragging his dog house by a thick chain. The folks just up and offered the dog to me when I admired his enthusiasm. I couldn't take him, but if my circumstances were different I would have grabbed him up.
The dress well article is tied into the lucky thing, too. Think about it. If you dress the part people believe your a player. It makes things happen to put on the proper dapper, which in effect is making your luck happen.
Sliding over a bit, thanks for putting the pheasants photo up in conjunction with the Palin slaughter link. People need to grow up.