For this reason, I rarely mention I am vegan unless someone directly asks.
I haven't encountered the Vegan Police but I have met their Alternate Universe Counterparts. I have often had meat-eaters tell me that I am "allowed" to eat fish or chicken if I'm a vegetarian. Maybe they are worried I didn't get the memo. They can't seem to grasp that it is my own Inner Food-Cop whose rules I am following.
Thanks for clearing that up. Your reward is a story! So one day I went over to a "friends" house to discuss making a record. We were sitting around chatting and we got on the subject of being vegan. He was vegetarian and I don't know why but he gave off this vibe like I was judging him for being vegetarian and not vegan. That was not the case, I feel that just shows he has deeper issues, anyway, We get on the subject of non-vegan beer. Everything seems fine until about 10 minutes later, he gets up, goes to his fridge and asks, "want a beer?" I say, "sure" he turns around and there in his hand is the beer we had just discussed as being non-vegan! He looks me dead in the eye and says, "here you go." I gave him this shocked look and said, "what are you doing?" He gave me this challenging smile and I left. He did this sort of thing all the time, I couldn't stand it.
AhhhhhBeer, Sugar, Croutons, Movies shot on film, wool, honey, that little piece of leather or pleather on the back of jeans, some types of rubber that may include your tires, that stupid case you get included with your ipod.. Some times vegan makes my head want to explode.
I had to stop commenting on a particular forum because everyone seemed to be there just to 'out vegan' everyone else.Just because I have something in common with a bunch of strangers doesn't mean I have to get along with them ;o)
I like the hypothetical situations. Recently a dear friend, an environmentalist who seems intrigued by my new vegan choices, asked what I would do if we were lost in the woods, starving, and she caught a fish for us to eat. Beer, eh? I'm getting there, but have only got so far as to eliminate the obvious animal products from my life.
when i tell people i am vegetarian, i get a lot of stories where they seem to need to relate to me. like "oh, well i don't eat a lot of red meat" or "i only eat poultry." it's like, that's nice but not really the point. :-/
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