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This week's lucky star is <a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/member.php?2912-Capstan" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Capstan</span></a>!<br>
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-Real first name?<br><br><b>Jeff</b><br><br><br>
-Age?<br><br><b>60</b><br><br><br>
-Sex/Gender Identity?<br><br><b>Male.</b><br><br><br>
-Relationship status?<br><br><b>Single. Was married for a few years, then divorced in the early 1970s.</b><br><br><br>
-Location (as specific as you are comfortable being)?<br><br><b>Small town, central Wisconsin.</b><br><br><br>
-Religious beliefs (or lack thereof)?<br><br><b>I believe in the duality of life: on the one hand is what's physical, on the other, spirituality. I believe the spirit is stronger than the body and longer-lived. I believe in life after death, but not life before conception; in other words, I don't believe in reincarnation. I think we have a definite starting point, and our learning begins there. How far we go depends on how well or how little we nurture ourselves, both physically and spiritually, in order to be prepared for what life and death have to offer.</b><br><br><br>
-Political leanings?<br><br><b>Independent. I've yet to find a political party that has it all right, not that I'm sure I have all the right answers.</b><br><br><br>
-Are you a vegetarian or vegan (or something else)?<br><br><b>Vegan</b><br><br><br>
-What is the meaning behind your username?<br><br><b>A capstan is the small spinning shaft inside a tape recorder that drives the magnetic tape through. It is also the windlass that sailors use to raise their ship's anchor, before it sails. It's related to the word, capstone, which was an ancient architectural feature, a cylindrical stone, placed near the apex of a roof, over which a rope could be thrown to raise objects to the upper levels; the capstone predates the pulley. It was through researching religion that I learned about the capstone. So I chose Capstan for many reasons: it has a personal connection to spirituality for me, as well as its more modern, practical meanings, plus it has an element of adventure or even romance to it.</b><br><br><br>
-Have you ever met anyone famous?<br><br><b>I met Vincent Price, but it was a mere formality. We shook hands, but there was no conversation. He was a guest at a TV station, where I was part of the production crew, and we all took the opportunity to say hello to him. Jimmy Stewart gave me his autograph at the world premier of <i>Shenandoah.</i> And I worked crown control, Main Street, U.S.A., Walt Disney World, while Julie Andrews recorded a song for a TV special. I was never nearer 50-feet to her, but I have to tell you, <i>she was lip-syncing.</i></b><br><br><br>
-Do you live with any companion animals?<br><br><b>Yes! My dog Winkie lets me live with her, even though she tells me I have a touch of Separation Anxiety Disorder. She and I live with two small zebra finches, Jose and Long John.</b><br><br><br>
-Do you live with any companion humans?<br><br><b>No.</b><br><br><br>
-Where is your favorite place that you have visited?<br><br><b>About ten-years ago, I was crossing Arizona in my car, on one of the smaller highways, when I came upon a picnic area in the desert. I was stretching my legs, when I realized I could see clear to the horizon in every direction. I could see just about as much of the planet as it's possible to see, while standing on its surface. And then I realized, I was the ONLY ONE THERE! It's like I was alone on earth. No people. No cars. Nothing. It felt great. For a short while, I felt like I had truly escaped!</b><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br>
-What do you enjoy most about being veg*n?<br><br><b>Having an improved and marvelous relationship with animals. It seems, once they sense you have no designs on them, they're much more willing to share what they know with you.</b><br><br><br>
-With whom would you most love to have dinner?<br><br><b>My late father. I never got to know him while he was living and it would be great to have another chance.</b><br><br><br>
-Do you have any secret talents?<br><br><b>I'm what you might call a Jack of all trades, but master of none. I can do a little of a lot of things, but I'm not great at any of them.</b><br><br><br>
-What dish/recipe can you make that knocks people's socks off?<br><br><b>If I really put my mind to it, I can make a respectable chili.</b><br><br><br>
-What's your favorite restaurant?<br><br><b>I almost never eat out. In a small town, there simply are no vegan options.</b><br><br><br>
-What do you do to cheer yourself up when you're feeling blue?<br><br><b>I become philosophical. I muse on stuff like, "time heals all wounds," "the world doesn't revolve around me," etc., etc., yackety-yak, and so on, and try to make the adjustments necessary toward getting my life back in sync. Truth is, I don't really get the blues much. There are too many diversions: music to listen to, shows to watch, hobbies to pursue (in recent years I've been dabbling in computer-generated modeling.) Then too, I was homeless for many years during the 70s and 80s, so I know how bad life can really get. When I start feeling anxious or sad, I just think back on those times and quickly realize, things aren't really all that lousy.</b><br><br><br>
-What's your biggest cooking/baking disaster?<br><br><b>Believe it or not, my biggest cooking disaster was trying to boil some water. Years ago, I was at my girlfriend's apartment, who lived with her mother. I put one of their copper kettles on the electric range to boil water for coffee, then forgot it was there. When I came back, the water had boiled away, and the whole kettle had melted- flat as a pancake- and was permanently welded to the heating element. Luckily, her mother wasn't there at the time, and I never had to face her about this.</b><br><br><br>
-What's the one food/product, that you'd love to "veg*nize"?<br><br><b>My transition to veganism has depended a lot on the "mock" foods, but more and more I'm less interested in them and more curious about real food. There are plenty of veganized foods available. I just wish the local stores stocked a better variety of them.</b></div>
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Did you ever have any other pets growing up?<br><br>
Do you consider yourself a 'dog person' or a 'cat person' ?
 

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To the extent you're comfortable doing so, would you tell us more about the period in your life when you were homeless?<br><br>
What is your greatest fear?<br><br>
What do consider to be your greatest achievement to date?<br><br>
What about life has surprised you the most to date?
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dormouse</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2850757"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
What are some of your favorite movies?</div>
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<br><b>I tend to like the older movies. Many of them have to do with personal redemption. Some that come to mind: The Shawshank Redemption, Up the Down Staircase, Sullivans's Travels, and Casablanca. I also like suspenseful films. Hitchcock's are so well crafted, although I hated Psycho, which was a little too graphic for my taste. There's a great scary western, called The Stalking Moon, with Gregory Peck that I like very much.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><b>My favorite book has to be The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I read it when I was about Tom's age, and I've never had such a good time reading a book since. I've read a few of the other classics, Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Rip Van Winkle, but I'm really not that well read.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Scorpius</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2850761"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
How old is Winkie?</div>
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<br><b>She's about seven-years old now. She's a Springer Spaniel/Spitz Terrier mix.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Did you ever have any other pets growing up?</div>
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<br><b>My earliest memories of friendship, from 3- or 4-years old, are with my dog Skipper. Later, there was Fella the family dog. We always had cats around too. And a couple of parakeets.</b><br><br>
Do you consider yourself a 'dog person' or a 'cat person' ?[/QUOTE]<br><br><b>I love cats, but I'm definitely a dog person.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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To the extent you're comfortable doing so, would you tell us more about the period in your life when you were homeless?</div>
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<br><b>It's a long story. I won't go into too much detail. About 1974, I contracted a debilitating bacterial infection, which unfortunately our glorious medical profession could not diagnose and treat properly. I finally learned, in 1999, that it WAS treatable. In the meantime, I carried it for 25-years. In its early phase, it was extremely painful. You might say I became mentally distracted. I couldn't concentrate or hold a job. I even went into a mental hospital briefly, looking for a cure; when I found none, I left and simply lived on the streets for about 10-years. This was all complicated by my estrangement from my family. (My dysfunctional family is a whole other subject....) To make a long story short, I learned to live with it and was involved in a long, slow process of 'self healing,' when, in the mid-80s, I started to get work again. I'm not bitter about any of this; there is, in fact, a remarkable freedom in being homeless one can't experience any other way. I often keep this in mind, while dealing with the rat race I face today.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><b>Fear? Never heard of it! (I never had too much sense....)</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><b>My greatest achievement has to be going vegan and understanding why it's important.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><b>The immutable, never-ending power of love. It never ceases to amaze me.</b>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Digger</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2850788"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Ummm... do you believe in Bigfoot or other creatures as such?</div>
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<br><b>I believe Bigfoot came to earth to save us from our sins.</b>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Capstan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2850841"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>I believe Bigfoot came to earth to save us from our sins.</b></div>
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Cool... Bigfoot Jesus!
 

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Cool... Bigfoot Jesus!</div>
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<br><b>Seriously, I'm willing to give Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and friends the benefit of the doubt. Their legends persist, and I like legends.</b>
 

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The most amazing rainbow you've ever seen?<br><br>
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The top ten experiences you haven't had, that you would still like to have?
 

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The most amazing rainbow you've ever seen?</div>
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<br><b>A long time ago... when I was a kid, I guess. Now that I think about it, I haven't seen a rainbow in years. Next one that comes along, I'm gonna take a closer look.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><b>Day good. Day bright. Day warm. Night cold, dark. Night bad. Stars fall on head.</b><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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<br><b>I'll get back to you on this one.</b>
 

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The top ten experiences you haven't had, that you would still like to have?</div>
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<br><b>Okay, here's my answer, mlp: I'm gonna take the easy way out, because there's really only one thing I'd like to do that I haven't already done. (This isn't counting ridiculous fantasies.) And that's to have kids. So I'll say I'd like to have ten children. This is assuming of course I had the means to raise them well. I had an aunt and uncle who had ten kids and I had another aunt and uncle who had eleven kids. I used to visit with them, and I'll never forget what great families they were.</b>
 

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<br><b>I've been collecting movie soundtracks since I was a teenager- the orchestral music, not the rock and roll. I think of it as modern classical music, even though it, for the most part, isn't as complex as true classical. Some of my favorite composers are Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman and Jerry Goldsmith. I also like the passion of Latin music. Bluegrass too.</b>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Capstan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2850925"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><b>Okay, here's my answer, mlp: I'm gonna take the easy way out, because there's really only one thing I'd like to do that I haven't already done. (This isn't counting ridiculous fantasies.) And that's to have kids. So I'll say I'd like to have ten children. This is assuming of course I had the means to raise them well. I had an aunt and uncle who had ten kids and I had another aunt and uncle who had eleven kids. I used to visit with them, and I'll never forget what great families they were.</b></div>
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Would you like to find a great veg*n partner and settle down as foster parents?
 
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