Thursday, April 05, 2007
Bad Vibes and Vegetarians
I'm going to reveal a well-kept secret. It's well-kept because anyone who reveals it is going to offend quite a good portion of the general population. Here goes:
It's hard to be friends with vegetarians.
There, I said it. I mean, what's vegetarianism all about anyway? Granted, going green is good for you and in some cases, people do it for religous reasons but it sure ain't gonna help your social life! Things get really complicated when you have vegetarians as friends.
To be fair, I've never really known a catty vegetarian or a bitchy vegetarian or even a very gossipy vegetarian. In fact, they all seem to have really calm, peaceful personalities (probably because they're vegetarian!) They're great as friends... that is until you have to have a meal with them. It's just hard work eating with vegetarians because you've always got to remember that they can't eat this, that or the other!
In uni, we had a couple of these vegetarians hanging around the rest of us meat-eaters. Our campus was 20 km away from the nearest big town and it was always a big treat to go there for lunch on weekends.
Then these vegetarians would somehow find out about our plans (despite our best efforts at keeping it a secret) and invite themselves. For some reason everyone was always dying for Kentucky Fried Chicken but the vegetarians would ruin everything. We usually ended up eating chinese vegetarian food which isn't all that bad but it isn't KFC either!
I remembered that particular episode because Girlfriend recently put together a seafood dinner for a bunch of us at her place. There is this one Indian guy who is nice in every other respect except for the fact that he's a dratted vegetarian.
I had to cook a special dish for him which, I think, didn't turn out very well. This was not because I had added to much salt or anything but because it was filled with bad vibes - I complained and grumbled the entire time the pot was on the stove. Then I felt so guilty about it because he seemed so sincerely grateful that I had put in the extra effort. Poor guy!
To be fair most vegetarians don't really expect special attention and will gladly eat whatever they get their hands on but it's a bit cruel if you're chomping on your Big Mac while your vegetarian friend picks on a potato salad, isn't it?
Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing here but anyone who has had to plan a barbeque for 20 normal people and one vegetarian is definitely going to sympathise with me!