It Ain't Easy Eating Green

A VEGAN ODYSSEY

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Life goes on...

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Hello, readers!

I'm feeling really great today, and after looking over my last post a bit, I'm a little embarrassed for spilling my guts about my breakup with Brittany in the manner I did.

See, last night I went for a long walk in one of my favourite wooded areas, and with only the sound of the snow crunching under my feet, I was able to clear my head and think. Really think. Usually when I walk through those woods, there are people with their dogs, couples jogging or kids tearing up the ground their with moutain bikes; but last night there was no one to be seen. I imagined I was the last person on the planet - that I was one with the wilderness. It made me consider doing like Thoreau did and just taking off to live in the forest. I could easily build myself a little house and just retreat from the world. I would grow what I needed to eat and simply exist. There would be no need for money, expensive possessions - none of it! Of course I realize that my parents would freak out and probably have me committed if I ever mentioned such an idea, so it will probably never become a reality. But you never know.

Anyway, while I was out there, the setting sun made the snow between the trees glow brilliantly. I just stood there, breathing the crisp air, trying to relax. And it was though a weight had been lifted.

As you can tell from the comments on my site (many of which I've had to delete), people don't take too kindly to my lifestyle. Sometimes I think they're envious of the tight bonds vegans and people who care about the earth have with another, and that putting us down will justify their gluttony. But I admit, a lot of the weight I carry is the obvious chip on my shoulder.

Sometimes I'm a quite vocal about my beliefs and I understand that people don't want to listen. It's just that after I became a vegan I felt as though my body had been cleansed. So when I see people stuffing their faces with say, Kentucky Fried Chicken, I feel as though I have a medicine of sorts that can cure them, you know? It's such a helpless feeling knowing that I can only convert so many, and that the rest will remain the way they are. I've visited the blogs of many other vegans who feel the same way as I do on this issue.

While I was out there in the woods, all of these thoughts were just bouncing around in my head. I was incredibly open-minded about issues of all kinds and was able to get over the loss of Brittany, my former girlfriend. I realized that a relationship has to have two equal parts, and that my part of our union obviously outweighed hers, cauing her to feel like a prisoner or something. I have accepted this and feel really great about letting her go.

As it got dark, I walked home and went to bed. It was one of the best sleeps I have had in years!

Today at the campus bar where I work, nothing could bother me. I smiled at the customers and didn't even care when they ordered items with meat on them from the menu. Well, I cared... but I didn't show it outwardly.

I leave you now with a poem of Robert Frost's:

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

25 Comments:

At 2:39 PM, Blogger VeganBananas said...

Thanks for the great comment - isn't it a treat to vent with other vegans about these kinds of questions?? you're a pretty vegan yourself - and smart looking. that's important. ;)

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger Mathias said...

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At 5:39 PM, Blogger p ec said...

Help me here thx!

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Mateo said...

I like the color change. Suits you much better. Stay mellow. Lead by exmple. Rejoice, and enjoy your clean body.

 
At 4:01 AM, Blogger maffie said...

You said the people don't listen what you said.....I think isn't that.....it's more because you do not listen the others.... you do not respect their opinions and you think everyone has to agree with you and the opposite can't exist.
You think you are allowed to say everything you want....right, no problem with that.... but you have to acept that the others can do the same.....it's life.....

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Bottle Rocket Fire Alarm said...

Deleteing comments left and right, aincha?

For shame, Preston. Big fan of censorship, I take it? I never pegged you as an authoritarian.

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Wardo said...

Ha, you were riding on a queer horse.

 
At 1:54 PM, Blogger camera shy said...

great poem choice
i teach this piece
in my intro to lit course

then i let the students
listen to frost read it

they truly understand the
underlying
themes
once theyve heard
the sounds of the words
tumbling downward
from his voice

 
At 12:11 AM, Blogger Diana said...

Wow, what a great photo. And you're not the only one who'd like to take off and live in the woods sometimes.

Diana

 
At 5:03 AM, Blogger jen said...

hi. i followed your link from vegan lunch box. you don't know me so i hope you take this in the respectful manner in which it's offered, but i hope you really reconsider your approach to veganism, for your sake and for the animals' sake.

having been vegan for 7 or 8 years i've learned that you will convince more people of the merits of veganism if you exhibit compassion to ALL creatures, including those humans who still eat meat. none of us are perfect.

i understand the need to vent sometimes, especially when our eyes have been first been opened to a lot of injustice and violence in the world and you feel hell bent on doing something about it. there's a lot of anger that often comes with these kinds of revelations. i know i sound like an old lady, condescending to the young folks, but i don't mean that at all. i admire and share your passion, but the anger is counter-productive. i hope you can maintain that passion and energy and commitment while letting go of the anger. pacificism isn't about avoiding conflict -- not at all. it's about dealing with conflict in a peaceful, non-violent, constructive way.

if you are interested, some of my thoughts on veganism (and interesting reactions from non-vegan friends in the comments) are here and here.

one last thing: the name of your blog is really cute, but i disagree. it IS easy eating green, once you get used to it, and i wish more non-vegans realized that.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Queer as Folks said...

you are such a nancy boy. you bugger broccoli. you molest bokchoy. What a fag you are for fennell seeds. Boy I bet you love to felate carrots...

You never answered our question: are you will folks younger brother?

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Preston said...

I'm afraid I have to disagree, Jen.

I am definitely against physical violence in the name of protest, but one of the things that dogs vegans is their submissive behavior. We have the moral high ground, but have isolated ourselves on it by shutting up about what we feel so passionately about.

In my opinion, the only way to get the word out is to open your mouth and let those words flow. Why is it taboo for me to be mad at those who butcher and devour defenseless animals? No one is perfect, you're right; but you and I have found the right path. I'm just putting up the signs.

Queer as Folks: I am not the brother of this person you talk about. Also, I do not appreciate your name calling.

-Preston

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger jen said...

i'm not one for shutting up either, nor being submissive. lol, one thing i have never been accused of in my life is being submissive! i agree that it's important to get the word out that animal agriculture is cruel and bad for the environment, and that the most humane and "green" thing to do is to go vegan.

i'm not advising you to stop speaking out, i'm advising to reconsider HOW you speak. what i'm saying comes from years as an animal rights activist. i've been there, leafleting, protesting the circus, tabling. i know from experience what works and what does not work when you want people to hear your message. you can talk all you want, but non-vegans are not going to listen to you if you attack them.

consider jennifer from vegan lunch box. you can see for yourself how many people she's influencing to go vegan with her amazing website. if she were as judgmental as you are, the non-vegans would not be reading her site and would not be making so many positive changes to a more vegan lifestyle.

which is more important to you? venting your anger and judging other people, or saving animals and the environment? if it's the latter, the ONLY way to be successful at that is to present your message in a way that people will listen to you. if it's the former, you are no vegan, no matter what you eat or don't eat.

of course, you can take or leave my advice as you please. it's just something to think about.

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Preston said...

Passive protest can only take you so far, Jen.

If African Americans had taken your advice instead of marching on Washington and fighting back during the Civil Rights Movement, they'd still be saying, "Yes, Suh!" to the white man who demanded a seat on the bus, or strung up by the neck in county trees for looking at white women.

This happened mere decades ago -- but people stood up.

So enjoy your comfortable, retan seat with hemp cushion, Jen. You may convince a co-worker or two to pack a zip-lock bag full of carrots some day soon.

Meanwhile, I'll be affecting change on a scale that matters, knowing that when the world sees the undeniable results of my work, you'll be stepping up to take an undeserved piece of the credit -- "I've been a Vegan for seven or eight years now, you know!"

I spit on you.

In the meantime, don't you dare question my Vegan-ness.

Here's a bit of advice for you, by the way: When you begin a sentence or type a proper name, you use a capital letter. Try it. You may come off as less of an idiot.

-Preston

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a vegan or vegetarian, but I do agree with Jen. When you finally snap and become the true eco-terrorist you seem to be aspiring to be, will you still consider yourself a vegan?

Go slap a cow in the face sometime. I'm certain the cow will feel less discomfort than Jen did by reading your nasty comments to her. Showing respect for all living things doesn't stop at letting them live. Peace Jen.

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's really coming off as an idiot here? Seriously. Before you start criticizing other people for their language skills, the word "aint" in your title isn't even a word.

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Preston said...

You stupid fuck.

Haven't you ever heard Kermit the Frog's "It aint easy being green?"

 
At 6:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I haven't heard Kermit the Frog's "It aint easy being green" but I have heard Kermit the Frog's "It's Not Easy Being Green". I've included a link to the lyrics for you.

Now, put the word "aint" in the spell checker of your favorite word processing software and see who the stupid fuck is...

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Preston said...

You stupid, fucking cocksucker!

Pick up any fucking novel and you'll see that authors rarely abide by strict rules of grammar. They take liberties here and there, just as I have with the title of my blog, using a word that is not "authorized" by spell-check programs or dictionaries, but is very common in actual vernacular. Look it up on Dictionary.com - you'll see it classified as "nonstandard," but it is most certainly there. We wouldn't have HALF the words we use today if language didn't evolve and morph over time, as it does.

Seriously - did you read Huckleberry Finn with the book in one hand and a red pen for corrections in the other? Oh, you didn't actually read it? You were too busy sucking cock? You disgust me!

It was an allusion to Kermit the Frog. I changed "it's not" to "aint." Who fucking cares? Go fuck yourself, you stupid motherfucker.

-Preston out.

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Preston said...

From Dictionary.com, in order:

"As a verb, affect is most commonly used in the sense of 'to influence.'"

Capitlizing "When"? A personal choice. I decided it looked better.

As for the "ain't" entry on Dictionary.com - had you actually read it, you would have seen, "used also as a contraction for are not, is not, has not, and have not."

So fuck off with your "food for thought" garbage. Trust me, I put enough thought into food. Incidentally, I could take the piss out of every one of your keystrokes if I wanted to be as a big of a douchebag as you, so start practicing what you preach.

Further (the italics there indicate a sarcastic tone), if I see any more of your "why don't you take a good look at yourself" posts, they will be deleted immediately, you nerdy, sickly-looking faggot.

 
At 11:05 AM, Blogger Preston said...

You're fucking pathetic.

Everyone, I've probably deleted that "anonymous" comment about half a dozen times now, and the loser keeps coming back to post it again.

Get a life.

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Censorship is pathetic.

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Preston said...

No, you're pathetic, you stupid fag.

Fuck, you must check back to this blog like, a dozen times a day, at least, since whenever I remove that post of yours, it's back within minutes.

What a loser you must be. Seriously.

I have the right to remove any comment I want, especially if it was intended to be insulting.
And especially if the person posting it is hiding beyind the anonymity feature I generously provide.

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger The Dally Llama said...

I assume you were taking a jab at me. I have never once posted anonymously on this blog, for the record. And if you're going to censor, you should remove all evidence of it, because anyone who reads the blog now will see three consecutive potty-mouthed posts of yours that will make no sense, and just make you look paranoid.

 
At 10:33 PM, Blogger Preston said...

Well maybe I am paranoid, llama?

People think I'm insane because I'm frowning all the time - but I don't care what others think.

I only delete the cancerous comments, anyway.

 

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