greetings from the Beef Belt

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greetings from the Beef Belt

#1 Postby karlhubris » Wed Jun 14, 2006 9:12 am

Greetings from Amarillo (pronounced Am-a-rill-uh, rhymes with me it's appropriate) Texas. I've been vegetarian for 15 years, and vegan for the last 10. I study history at West Texas A&M University, where the only Ph.D program is in Agricultural science, ie beef production. I will graduate in May 2007 and will hopefully be going to grad school in either Seattle or Chapel Hill, NC. My wife and our 5 year old daughter are lacto-ovo vegetarian and we are expecting another child in November. I will be 35 on June 18th. I have dabbled in running and weight training. I have started training again recently, partly due to the effects of too much Tofutti and other delicious vegan treats.
This area is very frustrating as a vegan. If I tell people I don't eat meat they look at me as if I said I eat babies. Remember, this is the place that sued Oprah for "bad mouthing" beef. I'm curious as to how it is in Houston. Any better?
Glad to meet others interested in fitness and veganism.

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#2 Postby SeaSiren » Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:19 am

Welcome! :)

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#3 Postby Crash » Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:40 am

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#4 Postby Bigbwii » Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:25 pm

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#5 Postby robert » Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:14 pm

Welcome! Great to have you here. You'll be happy to know that other than Oregon, there are more members on this forum from Texas than anywhere else! So you will find many Texans to connect with and possibly meet up with at some sort of event.

This is a pretty awesome place, and we're happy you found us. Have a great time on the forum and welcome aboard!

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Re: greetings from the Beef Belt

#7 Postby loveliberate » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:21 pm

Hello & Welcome! :D

It's great to see more parents (and Texans) joining the board! My wife is vegan, as are our 3 kids ages 8, 5 & 3 - all vegan since before birth. Having lived in Texas a good portion of my life, I can definitely relate to your experiences. Never spent much time up there in the panhandle but it seems like a (cultural) world away from other parts of the state.

While Chapel Hill is a very nice place, I like Seattle and this region better in general. Have you heard about the Vegan Vacation week happening here in Portland, Oregon this August? It would be great if you and your family could come up! :D

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#8 Postby CollegeB » Wed Jun 14, 2006 5:13 pm

What history do you study? And I think Houston for vegans is much better than Amarillo.

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#9 Postby karlhubris » Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:09 pm

For my B.A. I'm studying just a basic history load...Modern Asia, Colonial and Modern Latin America, Nazi Germany, and a bunch of American History. For my grad studies I think I will focus on early 20th century labor history or ethnohistory focusing on America's indigenous people. This summer I'm taking readings courses on Colonial American "Indians" and pre-contact peoples of South America...really interesting stuff. If I had gone to school earlier I might have studied feudal Japan, but I have a hard enough time with English, it would be hard for me to acquire the necessary language skills to properly study that subject.

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#10 Postby joelbct » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:45 pm

Welcome, and hearty respect on staying vegan in Texas-


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#11 Postby karlhubris » Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:53 pm

Thanks...I think my contempt of this place helps keep me going! I feel like when I finally do leave this place I'll feel like Harrison Bergeron (from the Kurt Vonnegut short story). This place is like a lead weight that makes me so much stronger in my convictions. At least thats how I rationalize it and keep from going insane!

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#12 Postby bronco » Thu Jun 15, 2006 11:03 am

Welcome to the board :D !

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#13 Postby dale » Fri Jun 16, 2006 12:56 pm

hey man

i attend a&m CS, so i know how you feel. keep up the vegeism, though, and just let disgust motivate you. lol

peace and whoop

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Re: greetings from the Beef Belt

#14 Postby ronnie kray » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:25 pm

greetings fellow texan.... i mean.... HOWDY!

karlhubris wrote: I'm curious as to how it is in Houston. Any better?
Glad to meet others interested in fitness and veganism.

Houston and Austin are both very vegan/vegetarian friendly. Austin is a smaller town and you can find vegan restaurants and stores easier. Houston has plenty as well. but Houston is much larger and more spread out. you have to do a little searching and traveling, but it is there. seek and you shall find.

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#15 Postby bigjoey » Fri Jun 16, 2006 11:27 pm

Welcome!!! :)

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