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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Don't drink, don't smoke, what d'ya do?

1. Are you now, or have you ever been, a vegetarian? Vegan?

2. Are you now, or have you ever been, a smoker?

3. How much caffeine do you take daily? In what form?


Blogger kStyle said...

1. I've tried being a vegetarian a few times. Invariably, I'd find myself fatigued. This fatigue was remedied by beef.

2. I was never a smoker of nicotine.

3. 1-3 cups of tea almost daily. Not today, though. Coffee is like speed to me. I enjoy the taste, but can only drink it when I’m 99.99% certain that the day will not be stressful.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous ben said...

1. I was primarily vegetarian for several years, but that was several years ago, now. I was never vegan, but I used to frequent a vegan restaurant / coffee shop in Springfield, Ohio. Well frequent is wrong, just when I was in the neighborhood which was every few weeks.

2. Nope.

3. It varies from a very little in some iced tea to a ton in the form of having a whole thermos and gourd of mate to myself. Today was a bit medium in that I had pop (sorry non mid-westerners) at lunch. Actually, some people claim mate does not have caffeine in it, but really it's largely the same effect whether it's caffeine or mateine.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

1. I was a vegetarian for about two years. I went back to meat during my freshman year of college, mainly due to hamburger cravings.

2. I have never smoked a cigarette. I have smoked a couple of cigars.

3. At most, one cup of tea in a day.

8:28 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

1. I've been vegetarian for some short stretches, and I don't eat a lot of meat, but I do eat some: beef (in small quantities, and preferably organic), chicken (especially chicken stock), fish, and venison, mostly, with the occasional bit of pork or casement meat thrown in. I've never been vegan and would not be.

2. I was a chain smoker, as a matter of fact--at least two and a half packs a day when I quit. Which was, let's see, nearly 18 years ago.

3. I describe myself as "naturally caffeinated," and that's pretty close to true. I will rarely have leaded coffee, and I don't even drink decaf as often as I used to do. I do drink a lot of tea, though--iced, these days--mostly black but also some green. And chocolate. But not any of the carbonated beverages; I have about four bottles of Dr. Pepper a year, with maybe a Coke thrown in, but that's it. Caffeine and I don't always get along, in any case.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

1. I pretended to be a vegetarian for a few months before deciding I couldn't live without chicken. No way could I be vegan.

2. Never. I've always had the impression that inhaling smoke is unhealthy.

3. Depends. Some days none. Some days the equivalent of twelve to twenty ounces of Coke or Pepsi. Stupid freaking delicious stupid carbonated sugar water...

10:39 AM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Ben: I never could get on the yerba mate bus. Tastes like bad green tea to me. Do you think I had subpar mate?

Emma: Venison strikes me as a pretty exotic meat to have with any regularity. How does one prepare it?

Ann and Eric: Hi! Don't feel left out! Kisses!

6:15 PM  
Anonymous ben said...

I think mate pretty much tastes like weird, dirty, green tea, so what you had was probably at least average quality. I took to the taste of it pretty quickly, but my guess is it's one of those things that are usually an acquired taste (at least to people who don't grow up with it everywhere around them). It was Borges that led me to mate - it's at least a side note in many of his stories.

11:29 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

You can actually cook it much like beef, though, because it's so lean, you typically need to use some other oil or fat with it. I also ate rabbit and pheasant as a kid, when my dad brought them home. It doesn't seem exotic to me, but that's what happens when you hang out with hunters.

8:15 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

Ben: Borges! Hidden with you again! Isn't it magical when an writer's work touches your life in a very real way?

Emma: I've actually wanted to try pheasant. If it tastes anything like quail-->YUM

9:18 AM  

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