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assilembob Posted at 2005/08/12 9:24pm reply to

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Hi Ryan. I also live in the Killeen/Ft. Hood area.
leachisan Posted at 2005/08/13 2:10am reply to

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>>By the way, there is more to me than just my job.  I'm actually a pretty nice guy, believe it or not.  I like music and movies.  Almost like a normal person....
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>apologies for opening this up...i didn't mean to get anything started here. i'm sure it would have come up anyway eventually. i'd like for you to still feel welcome here, though.
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>i'm still curious to know why you actually joined, however. if you'd like i can message you?

absolutely, I'd love to talk, I'm my favorite subject... and for the member who said they live in Killeen, we should get together sometime...
leachisan Posted at 2005/08/13 2:12am reply to

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by the way, if you IM me, be aware that I'm working nights lately, so I'm on at pretty odd times, tomorrow is my only day off...
valasing Posted at 2005/08/13 3:08am reply to

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Thanks for the input Simon, as a former globe trotter I relish the influence of other perspectives.  We don't get much of that here in the USA where we feel that we're the only country there is, speak only one language and fail to interest ourselves in other countries history.  I'll keep my eye out for them books--1/2 Price right across the street.  
When I was 13 in Rome it was excruciating to be around US tourists (I was taken to be a French girl).
assilembob Posted at 2005/08/13 12:17pm reply to

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absolutely, I'd love to talk, I'm my favorite subject... and for the member who said they live in Killeen, we should get together sometime...

I added you to my AIM...its assilemvegan so if you see me pop up with a message, that's me excited

I was even thinking that since we both live here if you wanted to travel to meet-ups sometime we could car pool...I usually drop the BF off somewhere but might actually drag him along sometime. Still trying to get him more veg friendly!

It's rough living here though and we go to down to Austin a lot to get organic produce and such. The HEB here is ok...but not the best.
Gabriel Posted at 2005/08/24 10:22am reply to

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Hi, Ryan-

I just wanted to say that I hope that some of the things that people said don't make you decide to not be a part of our group.  Sometimes it seems that vegans are all of one mindset on all issues, but this simply isn't the case.  We are a diverse group of people with different points of view on issues aside from veganism.  Certainly we can have opposing views and learn from each other.  I think discussion and debate are good things, but it feels like you have barely stepped in here and people are debating before welcoming you.  I'd like you to know that I am glad that you are in our group, and I'll even say that I have a level of respect for soldiers.  While I don't think I would ever choose to be one at this time, I do understand the value of a military.  I think it's important to have people in the military who hate killing/violence but understand that it is sometimes a necessary evil.  This is preferable to someone who actually has a desire to kill or commit violence.  In any case, please give our group a chance.  We are always striving for more diversity in viewpoints and people.

I think that everyone was well-intentioned, but I hope that people will be a bit more welcoming to new members before engaging them in a spirited debate.  I can see how this may have misinterpreted as an attack, and I'd hate for anyone interested in our group to ever feel like they were being attacked rather than welcomed.

Thanks,
Gabriel
Ross Posted at 2005/08/24 5:45pm reply to

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agreed happy
simon Posted at 2005/08/24 8:58pm reply to

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I think you two should butt out...

erm... just kidding, I meant to say that open discussion should be just that. open. we all should feel free to express our opinions, even if they differ drastically and often conflict, but at the same time learn to draw the line at personal attack - that's a sure sign that you've nothing valid to say....

Ryan sent me a message and I've been trying to catch him on AIM at night but he's not been on.
michaelm Posted at 2005/08/26 3:10am reply to

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Bummer on moving to Austin... you should have stayed in the Northwest.  I just recently moved back to Austin from living in Bellingham, Wasington for 4 years (going to school) and totally want to move back to either Portland or Seattle.  For those who have not lived in the Northwest definitely check the area out at some point.  Not only are a lot of people environmentally friendly, but the people are just as chill or even more chill than the people in Austin!  Also, the trees!!!  They are actually... um trees... big and green.  Not like the lame cedar trees we have in Austin :p.  Don't get me wrong Austin is cool, it just the Northwest (in my opinion) is way better.  Hopefully I will be back up there soon.
Ross Posted at 2005/08/27 10:25am reply to

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yeah...cedar trees are lame...but austin's still no bummer happy
nice to meet you michael. i really want to take a trip up to oregon/washington soon, pictures i've seen of the coastline were gorgeous.

>Bummer on moving to Austin... you should have stayed in the Northwest.  I just recently moved back to Austin from living in Bellingham, Wasington for 4 years (going to school) and totally want to move back to either Portland or Seattle.  For those who have not lived in the Northwest definitely check the area out at some point.  Not only are a lot of people environmentally friendly, but the people are just as chill or even more chill than the people in Austin!  Also, the trees!!!  They are actually... um trees... big and green.  Not like the lame cedar trees we have in Austin :p.  Don't get me wrong Austin is cool, it just the Northwest (in my opinion) is way better.  Hopefully I will be back up there soon.
callie Posted at 2005/08/28 3:51am reply to

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Cedar trees smell incredible! If you've ever been out in the hillcountry on a mellow evening around sunset and inhaled deeply, then you know what I'm talking aboot! It can be incredibly peaceful, and is a very delicious/distinct scent.

I loved Seattle when I visited- but I was there during a rare 4 day "rain free" period. Give me 60 days of rain per year over 150 (http://www.komotv.com/asksteve/story.asp?ID=23686) ANYDAY. i am a woman swung from her knickers by the weather: when the barometer drops, so does my mood ; )
Ross Posted at 2005/08/28 8:46am reply to

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the problem with cedar trees is they leach water from the other trees surrounding them and they reproduce like rabbits, not to mention they're not native happy

they're like our hill country parasite, and they make my mom's allergies flare. hehe
Jacob Posted at 2005/08/28 10:10am reply to

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>the problem with cedar trees is they leach water from the other trees surrounding them and they reproduce like rabbits, not to mention they're not native happy
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>they're like our hill country parasite, and they make my mom's allergies flare. hehe

I love cedar fever!
callie Posted at 2005/08/28 7:44pm reply to

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>the problem with cedar trees is they leach water from the other trees surrounding them and they reproduce like rabbits, not to mention they're not native happy
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>they're like our hill country parasite, and they make my mom's allergies flare. hehe


luky i'm not allergic then, haha.
NanTzu Posted at 2005/08/30 6:27pm reply to

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What are called 'cedar' trees in Austin are actually not cedar at all - they are junipers. And they are native. There are just lots more of them now than in the past. There used to be wildfires that would control their number. Oaks come back from their roots after a fire and junipers do not. Also, deer eat oak seedlings and not juniper seedlings. Junipers don't suck more water out of the ground than other trees - there are just lots of them around, so when you cut them out, creeks may flow again. Same would be true if there were so many oaks instead of junipers. And their roots are fairly shallow. They don't go down to the aquifer like some people say.

OK, naturalist lecture over.....
Jamie Posted at 2005/09/02 3:12pm reply to

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Hi :-)  I'm also new to the site.  I've been in Austin for about six months.  Maybe posting on this site will help cure my addiction to craigslist...
Ross Posted at 2005/09/03 5:41pm reply to

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welcome! i kinda want a tattoo like that as well after seeing your picture...haha...i think i'll just wear a t-shirt though. happy

>Hi :-)  I'm also new to the site.  I've been in Austin for about six months.  Maybe posting on this site will help cure my addiction to craigslist...
Jamie Posted at 2005/09/03 7:10pm reply to

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Well, I just found that picture on the net and thought it was cool.  I have this weird habit of fainting when I get shots at the doctor's office, so I'm not sure if I would be able to get a tattoo.  

If I did, it would probably look more like this (girly and easy to hide for work).

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.worldveganday.org/upload/albums/album01/aac.sized.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.worldveganday.org/html/modules.php%3Fname%3DSections%26op%3Dviewarticle%26artid%3D12&h=400&w=220&sz=18&tbnid=TECxQPbEr34J:&tbnh=120&tbnw=66&hl=en&start=3&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvegan%2Btattoo%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DG
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