zombie jesus day!


Ahhh Easter. The one day of the year that its socially acceptable for everyone to stuff themselves with chocolates. Decorated eggs are displayed in office windows, giant inflatable ones harnessed to IGA roofs, chocolates arranged artfully at every counter. Everywhere one looks children and adults alike are parading around with bunny ears, whilst the schools are still trying to objectify the Bilby as our Australian Easter Mascot.

I’m not sure where I am going with this.
I’m not sure how I even feel about easter anymore?
On one side, I want to be able to enjoy a holiday with my family, exchange chocolates (dairy/non-dairy to their respective receivers) and join in with the festivities.

The other side is conflicted.
It all starts with Lent. I don’t understand it at all. I don’t understand where it comes from. I know I shouldnt be speaking about something I don’t fully understand but from what little research i have done (thanks Wiki) i understand that it’s about abstinence from stuff. There are heaps of different forms, like fasting for the entire day, eating only vegetarian, eating only bread, not eating red meat, etc, etc, etc. I had the pleasure of spending my Easter with a catholic. This catholic is an omni who obviously loved his meat. He didn’t understand why he was doing lent, but he did it anyway, because he always has. His lent involved not eating red or white meat. ‘shit peeved me off.

SITUATION.

 

Family Dinner-
The options were; Awesome vegan curry made by yours truly.
Fish curry.
Steak and sausages. (My family isn’t religious and certainly wouldn’t let some being killed get in the way of them are their meats)
Salad.
Bread.

I offered up my vegan curry to anyone that wanted it, especially this catholic guy, as he ‘couldn’t’ eat anything else.
Apparently they don’t take to kindly to vegans in 2010, and this ‘strange food’ with its ‘crazy’ name scared him, so he wouldn’t even try the curry, though he was salivating over the fish curry (aswell as the steak and sausages). Still, he abstained, refusing to touch anything other than a slice of bread and some salad. UNTIL 12.01AM. Where he promptly grabbed a plate full of sausage and steak, and meated his little catholic heart out.
My immediate thought? HYPOCRITE. (sorry anonymous catholic guy that was at our house, you were very nice.)
SO there is lent for you. Any explanations please do go on.

Ok now for Easter Sunday.

The entire Easter holiday is spent idolizing fluffy little yellow chickens, and cutesy little eggs, decorated in pretty colors. Then we eat the eggs, both chocolate and real, and toss the cute little chicken figurines and have a roast for dinner.
What is it about a human that compels it to destroy everything?
*sigh* I don’t even know what my point is here.

Easter also pointed out how once again vegans are portrayed in a negative light. I took with me Sweet Williams Vegan chocolates for the fam’. Now most vegans know these taste like crap, I certainly do. It’s just novel to be able to eat chocolate I guess. Anyways I thought what the hell, I will bring a bunch down and I am sure they will get vacuumed up by somebody?

My 12yo sister has it in her head that the only chocolates vegans are dark chocolate – wrong – and what child actually enjoys dark chocolate? I never did. So anyways, the kids (or ‘Babies’ as I fondly know them as) were already pretty skeptical. I tried to explain that these weren’t dark chocolate, they were like ‘milk’ chocolate – minus the milk. It didn’t go down well. I just hate how everyone is so jaded about vegan food. Sweet or savoury. I recently took my older sister to Utopia, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant in NB, that specialises in mock meats. I took her there on the pretense that it was a normal omni place, unfortunately she figured it out before she tasted the food because I had raved about it a couple of months ago (damn me and my big mouth!!!). Anyways, after she realized it was vegan her guards were up, she was looking for the safest foods possible. I got a mixed plate of mock meats and by the end of the night she was full and raving about these crazy vegan dishes. I wish everyone could have seen it, you know? It felt good to see her eating her words and admitting she was wrong, vegans 1, omnis, well I guess they are still in their millions. I am just tired of the negative connotations attached to vegans/vegan food. So many people don’t even realize that half the stuff they are eating is vegan, and then when I point it out, they back off. Seriously!

Another example, today I was talking about vegans to a co-worker, he didn’t know I was one and started saying how sickly they all look, and how humans can’t live without meat and dairy, blah, blah, blah, you know- the same points everyone raises. Well boyfriend, how about you do a little research and don’t stereotype. I am fighting fit!

  

So anyways that’s my little outburst for today, I would like to conclude by saying PeTA, fuck you. Half your ‘spokespeople’ aren’t even vegetarian, and that really annoys me. I hate that people file me in the same folder as you, and automatically think that i think you are rad. You aren’t rad at all.


k.

 

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Its All About Who You Know

So I thought I’d give y’all a bit of a catch up on the going ons. It has been a rather large couple of days and I will be grateful when I get an uninterrupted couple of zeds. Oh how I dream of the day when I can sleep in LESS that 30deg heat!

It all started Friday night, I worked at the annual UWA Law Courtyard Show. UWA Law are renound for their partying ways. They are also now renound (with me) for being giant douchebags.

I have worked my fair share of events/behind bars. And I couldnt help but wonder . . How did they get a liquor license?!?! It was very thrown together/last minute, and we had to make alot of cardboard signage and well pretty much, tell them how to run a bar. Also, for uni students hoping to become lawyer/legal advisors etc, they know surprisingly little about liquor licensing laws, or just plain refused to abide by them. I really hope I don’t need a lawyer that went to ‘u-dub’ one day. I finished up around 12 from there and managed to get some sleep around 1ish, and then got up the next day ready to do it all again on Saturday for my sisters 18th.

As I have been saying, you know you have thrown a successful 18th when you have seen atleast 1 tween piss on themselves, and atleast 2 tweens hurl on their boyfriends. Goodtimes. Sunday Slaadi and I headed back up to go to the Animal Protection Society Quiz Night, but found ourselves physically and emotionally drained (Ima’ put it down to the dance off) and I attempted to sleep it off. Unfortunately as I had a cold last week, my hangover doubled its effects and I was a croaky, sniffling mess. Yes people, cold + home- made punch= pathetic excuse for a human being! Monday was our public holiday (Labour Day), though as everyone was lounging around in pools drinking cocktail, I was at work at 5.30 in the morning. 😐 I finished up there at 11 and headed straight on to Soundwave, where I was working on bar..


 

Soundwave.

Soundwave was great. I worked there last year and I felt it was alot less of those heavy metal bands this year, I wasnt completely intimidated by the music and actually got to see a couple of bands I have wanted to see for ages, working on main bar which was situated perfectly between the 2 main stages, I had a great view the entire day, and though it was about 100degs out, the work wasnt to hard and we all had a good time.

The bands I caught/enjoyed the most were ‘The Creepshow‘, a cute little hellbilly (most of their songs are about horror films) band out of Ontario, Closure In Moscow‘, a prog rock band out of Vic, ‘Sunny Day Real Estate‘, a band out of Seattle whom I have been told were pioneers in the making of the emo genre, and , ‘Taking Back Sunday‘, a band out of Long Island, which I guess were ok, but a little screamo for my taste, Eagles of Death Metal‘, which to tell you the truth I was a little dissapointed in, I was pretty excited to see these guys because I actually knew who they were, but I can confidently say I wouldnt go see them live again :/, I would rather listen to them on a CD actually.

Alexisonfire‘, again, which were a little heavy for my liking, but I still appreciated their stellar live performance -another band out of Ontario, ‘Paramore‘ oops, I mean Paramore, Ok- Hayley Williams, she is fantastic. It was their first Aust tour so they did some of their older stuff (Misery Business!!!!), seriously, I dont care how lame you think they are because of their affiliation with Twilight etc, they put on a kick ass live show, and totally got the crowd going, also- another Canadian band- whats that aboot?, ‘Placebo‘, I have never really been fazed by these guys, I see them, I dont, whatever, but again, even though they arent my thing, I appreciate that they were a good live band, and they also really got the crowd going.

AFI‘ these guys aren’t my thing, I know like, 1 song (Miss Murder) I heard it, it was ok, I continued working. ‘Janes Addiction‘, an alt rock band from LA, I finished work at the start of their set and this is when I met up with MyLightyear 🙂 , we caught the end of their set and honestly, they ran over time, most of the crowd had lost interest and everyone was waiting for JEW. They just kept going. It was their last song, then there was another, they definitely overstayed their welcome. Finally they got off the effing stage and everyone gathered for ‘Jimmy Eat World‘. I definately thought there was going to be a bigger crowd (dont get me wrong, crowd was huuuge) but I guess most people that went were metal heads and Gallows were playing the same time and I hear they are good (?) Anyways, JEW were great. I would have liked a little more crowd interaction than Jim continuously introducing us to his guitarist Tom, but what can you do. They were superb live, not a let down like alot of big bands tend to be, all the tweens gathered and then left to sing Hear You Me (c/o A Cinderella Story), (Yes I was singing along with them) and they finished with The Middle (no brainer), it was swell.

After that I left poor Dave to his own company again and went to catch the last half of  ‘Dance Gavin Dance‘ a post-hardcore band out of Cali with P and her boy. U thought about staying for ‘A Day to Remember’ but I saw the crowd, and was wayyy too broken for that shit. I also would have liked to have seen ‘Meshuggah’ and ‘Enter Shikari’, as I have heard they were good but there was just no time!

All in all it was good times, and I am looking forward to returning next year to again aid me on my path to inner metalness discovery.

 

Right now I am at work, I have sneezed atleast 37 times, my eyes are watering, I have no voice and my nose hurts from whiping it with budget tissues, my legs are killing me and i have mild sunburn. I don’t regret a thing.

 k.