Thursday, March 15, 2007

Navel Gazing at Its Best

Once, I accidentally saw myself in a mirror in a crowded restroom, and didn't recognize myself. It was wonderful.

I've always wondered how wide the difference is between how I see myself and how others see me. For example, I have a bit of a PR problem with my eating habits. Every time I eat meat in public, somebody says, "Oh, I thought you were a vegetarian." Which I haven't been since I was sixteen. What is it about me that says, vegetarian? Are there other things I'm saying that I don't know?

Here's how to find out. People can describe me based on a list of words, and then see how that's different from how I describe myself with a nifty graph. It's very interesting, and a little bit exposing. But what the hell... I'm feeling self-involved.


Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

I remember being surprised the first time I saw you eat meat. Seriously, I just assumed you were vegetarian. No idea why.

Jen said...

Maybe it's just food issues confusion? Like, people can remember that I don't eat something, but they can't remember what it is, so they just assume it's meat?

The truth is that if I didn't eat meat I would be nearly vegan, and that just seems too damn grim for me. More power to the vegans and all, but sometimes I think that lack of animal fats makes them lose their sense of humor. It can't be good to have to think that much about your food.


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