Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Carnivore, Omnivore, Vegetarian
Warning, I am going to say rude things about Vegans, if you are going to be offended by that, come back tomorrow, I promise to be better.
A couple of weeks ago I hosted my annual national conference, if I get more specific than that, my employer will claim ownership of all of the content on this blog, and demand the $39 a year in advertising revenue that this blog produces (seriously, it took me almost three years to accumulate $100 in advertising revenue, the minimum threshold for Google to pay out, but still, $100 is $100, and I don't actively or passively shill for any of the advertisers (I might if asked to.)
The conference includes a couple of buffet lunches. I select the menus from what is offered by the venue. I try to be careful to make sure there are kosher and vegetarian options. This is not that hard to do, except when the Chef decides to put bacon in the coleslaw (it was good!) Next time I will ask that they put the bacon on the side. Two of my three kosher colleagues ate it anyway and commented that it was "really good."
Carnivores eat meat, vegetarians eat anything but meat, omnivores eat anything that does not eat them first. By our nature, human beings are omnivores, if our digestive systems are healthy, we can eat almost anything.
Then along comes the Vegan.
At the conference I am the fix it man, the person you go to when you have a problem, and I try to find a solution. The buffet line was moving along smoothly at lunch the second day, and an angry young woman comes up to me and demands, "where is the vegan food!" I politely direct her to the catering staff, who will take steps necessary to meet her "dietary needs." I also point out, that if she had emailed us ahead of time, as we asked in the registration materials, we would have had a special meal ready and waiting for her. The only person who did email us ahead of time, never claimed her special meals, but grazed off of the buffet (kosher - vegetarian - no dark green leafy vegetables.) After lunch comes the conversation with the banquet captain (BC.)
BC, "Vegans, they are always so bitter and angry."
Me, "I think it is hunger, bacon would solve that."
BC, "Hard to cook,"
Me, "I find it hard to find fresh vegans and I am never sure if we should stew them, or grind them and make burgers."
BC, nearly falling over laughing, "sometimes I just want to say, PACK A LUNCH!"
Me, "Or go graze in the park."
Yes sometimes I talk about people behind their back, don't you?
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Don't feel bad...they drive me nuts too with their attitudes. I swear it too is because their starving. And besides, a truly healthy person must have all foods in food groups, and various nutrients. And GIN!!!! A while back, a co worker lost her spouse and i made her cookies and a loaf of bread. She later in passing asked what should she do with them, real snotty and informed me she's a strick vegan. I apologized, how was i too know, and gave said items to other co workers. They are pains in the ass you ask me. And if you come to my aunt's house for dinner, you eat what she has or starve. Several of her kids are vegetarian and or vegan. The vegan ones are odd. I can say that too, their family, lol.ReplyDelete
I grew up with two choices, take it or leave it.Delete
That's funny. I respect their choices but so many seem to be angry people. We once saw a person on a plane who did not preorder a vegetarian meal absolutely meltdown as there were none to spare. The flight staff did come up with something for them but warning them the meal may have been tainted by meat. Years ago we lunched at a really good vegetarian restaurant and the vegetarian owner had a chat to us. I asked if the waiters are vegetarian and he replied no, vegetarians generally aren't very good workers.ReplyDelete
The hotel catering staff was great and would do almost anything, if asked.Delete
This one deserved some talking behind her back. My sense is she didn’t respond in advance simply so she could make a scene. Some people just enjoy that, as you’ve well learned doing what you do. I never talk behind anyone’s back ... except when It gives me wicked pleasure (so that’s fairly regularly).ReplyDelete
I sometimes think about what they must say about me when I am not around, I could coach them on what to say.Delete
I like my fish and chicken, my dairy, some plant-based stuff (fruits). I know a friendly vegan blogger (raybeard).ReplyDelete
I also know other vegans who look like they are at death's door.
I will stay in my lane and others can stay in theirs.
and that woman was EXTREMELY rude!
To each their own, but don't get between me a bacon.Delete
I've known my fair share of vegans over the years (lesbian community, dontcha know) and I feel bad for them. But more and more restaurants have vegan offerings.ReplyDelete
I know people who find it very difficult to eat out, for fear of getting sick, a couple carry a lunch with them.Delete
This was funny, it inspired my post today, however my post was more about being annoyed by a situation that came up.ReplyDelete