On many things:
Drinks/Topher - I used to be in the same boat. I'm less so now. I didn't have my first drink until just before my 25th birthday. As it is I don't drink more than once a month if that. And I'm significantly sensitive to potential alcohol abuse given that my family has a predisposition for it. That and people who are ishtfaced annoy me
But for anyone who would go for a non-drinking S.O. I totally feel you. It's can be a lonely ship to sail.
Veg*n partners - A friend once asked me why I wanted to control the people I dated. Which I don't know as exactly accurate but it did provide me with a different framework to consider. It was then that I began to understand my desire as part of a general environmental desire. I don't want meat in my house. My suggestion that a partner be at least vegetarian I think reflects that more than a controlling desire to shape a sig other. I've got a vegetarian roommate. He's awesome. I skip out on functions that focus on meat - ie thanksgiving... Or modify them as needed for my comfort - ie having a vegan thanksgiving a day later
In considering partners I think it's really a functional thing... Like if you don't want kids and your partner wants them. It's sort of a huge stumbling block in a relationship... life goals/lifestyles not meshing. Variety is nice, opposites attract, etc. but at some point you have to live with the person for years on end. Be nice if it was someone who didn't push your buttons by their very lifestyle
More on drinks - Gin and tonic. Free drinks: Yeah those are nice. There's a great GLBTQandStraight place here that does drag shows and has a dance floor. The place is a total party and fun environment. And free drinks sometimes. I've never had a girl buy me a drink, but I think I've gotten some freebies from guys before. Straight guys even. I think they might've been a bit drunk
On being vegan without being veggie in the middle - I think I was veggie for like 4 weeks? 2 weeks? I realized if I couldn't really digest dairy and didn't eat eggs I could be vegan if I just dropped honey. People ask me if it was hard. I say it's as hard as controlling what goes in your mouth. It's a rational thing - you look at it rationally - can I control what goes in my mouth? If yes, then you can be vegan. If no... then there's perhaps other things that are of concern too? When I went vegan a lot of switches flipped in my head. Or perhaps more aptly as I went vegan. It did take some settling in to get to know wtf I was doing
For VeggyMeggy - Steal that line all you want about the 6billion.