Moderation: Ghosts of a Vegetarian

I was vegan once.

For 13 months.

I think in veganism, there are three main reasons: health, animal rights, and the environment.

I remember feeling empowered by veganism.  People joke about you never have to ask if someone’s vegan because they will tell you. It is a broad generalization, but often true.

For me, I was proud because I was challenged by it.  It made me question everything I put into my mouth. I searched for things with short, understandable ingredients lists. I read every box, every label, everything.

Since I quit veganism, I pretty much went completely the opposite way, averaging 2-3 servings of meat per day. Almost every meal, especially when eating out, would involve some kind of meat. I wasn’t intentionally over-indulging in meat, I just didn’t think about it – now that I’m not vegan, I can eat whatever I want, right?

The environment is still important to me, as are animal rights (okay, I guess health is too).

Recently I’ve been eating mostly vegetarian. I’m not a vegetarian, or even a pescatarian (that’s what you call fish+vegetable folk, right?), because I will eat meat.

That said, I think this is a good addition to my moderation practice. I can lower my carbon footprint, stay aware of what I am put into my body, but also not feel like I can only eat french fries when I go out to a meat-heavy restaurant.

Plus, the next time I have a steak, it is going to be an extra special treat.

*featured image is not quite related – but walking home one day I noticed dozens of bouncy balls covered the street and took this shot.

Materialistic excuses and the daily joy of something lovely

I’ve been told I am a snob and an elitist many times, either about my taste in movies or the things I fill my house with. I like nice things.  To me, the joy they bring is worth the investment.

My father has this same love for quality and the satisfaction of using something that servers its purpose regularly, confidently, and for years on end. Continue reading Materialistic excuses and the daily joy of something lovely

The curse of cool

I’ve always been a huge nerd. I mean that in a positive way – mostly because I think of nerds as the people who engage themselves mentally in order to endlessly expand their expertise in their interests. They are the obsessed and the masters. Ig they can’t hold a conversation it is probably because you haven’t yet stumbled into their arena and asked the right questions.

The concept of cool seems silly to me, constantly shifting. A huge part of it is about the chase of what is to come. Wasn’t Donny Darko cool? Not anymore, too many people like it. There is this feeling that when something is known to be cool, it was cool.  It is no longer. Continue reading The curse of cool

Alan Adler – AeroPress interview

I just came across this interview.  I hadn’t realize before this that that the AeroPress and the Aerobie are the same inventor.

I hope that when I am in my 70s I will have a similar variety of inventions.  I better get cracking!

I think a lot about ideas and projects and I don’t spend enough time finishing things.  It’s time to change that.

Here is the article:  The Invention of the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Childhood obsession: Street Fighter II

What is it that makes someone obsess?

The first time I saw Street Fighter II, it felt like something I wanted in my life.  I must’ve been 8 or so, and like kids often do, I sat staring at the demo for many minutes.  I loved Blanka, because he was a green monster who could electrocute people and he made a really nice monster sound.


Looking back, I wonder if my parent’s disdain for television and videogames fed my love for them.  Love what you aren’t allowed?  Does that really happen?

Continue reading Childhood obsession: Street Fighter II

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