Upcoming events

(For some reason, this didn’t post when it was scheduled to, so a couple of the items are out-of-date. Sorry about that.)

A few items of regional (well, varying regions) interest I wanted to note:

  • (Portland, OR) The Herbistore is having its grand opening on September 30th. If you’re within a 15 hour drive, I expect you to go there. I, of course, am much further away, but my spirit will be seen floating around issue 12 of the magazine.
  • (Loudoun County, VA) A new vegetarian society is forming for the area, which is great because it means that I won’t have to do it (I was kicking the idea around for a while). E-mail vegeats -at- gmaildotcom if you’re interested.
  • (Salem, OR) Lighthouse Sanctuary is having their 4th annual Wine and Music at the Farm event on September 30th from 4-7pm. So maybe go there and then drive to Portland?
  • (VA, MD, DC) Poplar Spring Sanctuary is having their Ninth Annual Open House and Fundraiser on October 8th from 1-4pm. This is their big event of the year and always has great food, speakers (this year it’s the PCRM’s Jonathan Balcombe, author of Pleasurable Kingdom, which will be reviewed here very shortly), and music. Plus, I’ll be there. Isn’t that incentive enough, really?
  • (Woodstock, NY) On October 1st, Woodstock Sanctuary will have an interesting event, a Tibetan Buddhist Blessing of the Animals. Sounds neat.

If this type of stuff interests you, let me know and I’ll do more periodic postings of similar items.

Ending the hiatus

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Let me officially break out of my hiatus by first thanking everyone who’s sent in kind words about the new addition to our family. She was born on the 16th and is doing great (as is mom, though she’s still doing some recovering). I’m really loving this fatherhood thing so far.

A few thoughts that struck me during those days at the birthing inn:

  • I feel really sorry for any vegan that finds themselves in a hospital. They can do vegetarian meals pretty easily on request (like veggie burgers) but I suspect that a vegan meal would be pretty tricky to obtain. My guess is that they might be able to accomodate you if you let them know a few weeks in advance, but often one doesn’t know exactly when they’ll be checking in.
  • We received so, so many freebees to take home for the baby. Everything from diapers (which we used) to formula (which we donated). One, though, kind of stuck out. It was a postcard-sized coupon for Chik-Fil-A that had a picture of a baby on the front and says something along the lines of, “Her first word will be ‘chicken.'” and then it has the standard annoying “Eat Mor Chiken”-sign holding cows on the back. The coupon was for a free chicken sandwich. I said to my wife, “Yeah. Her first word will be chicken, but it’ll be while she’s petting one.”
  • One of our attendants looked like Jessie Spanno from Saved By the Bell. But her name was “Kelly.” How odd.