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1. What conditions would have to arise for you to give up being vegan?
First of all, conditions for temporary non-vegan-ness. I would eat non-vegan food if I needed to, to survive. It seems like a type of answer that shouldn't require much backing up, and besides, survival instinct would take over. I would also follow in the footsteps of the Donner party and Alferd Packer in order to survive. I would likely, when in an emergency situation, resort to dairy and egg products, then fish/seafood, then other non-human flesh, then finally human flesh.
Of course, in that situation, if I survived, I would go back to eating vegan once vegan food became available again.
What about conditions for a permanent change? This is a harder question. I would have to change my mind about many basic things, or find overwhelming scientific evidence that I needed something provided by something non-vegan to survive. That would be surprising, as vegans have been around for a long time.
2. What is your earliest childhood memory?
I'm not sure which one is the earliest. Note that Nancy is the youngest of my three sisters, but is 12 years older than me.
I walked into Nancy's room. She said, "Get out of my room!" I complied.
Nancy said she had the hiccups. I was convinced this was some kind of treat she had, which she would not share with me.
Nancy was taken away in an ambulance for knee problems.
A sunday school teacher took away the frisbee I brought with me, claiming it belonged to the church. I believe this is the first time I had seen that an Adult could be Wrong.
I pointed out to Mom, as we drove by some people working by the side of the rode, that those men were naked. She informed me that it's okay for a man to be outside without a shirt on.
Listening to Nancy's record (I think it was a 45) "Love Will Keep Us Together" - Captain and Tennille. I believe it was my favorite of her collection.
3. If you could relive any year from your life what would you relive?
Would you do things differently?
I could answer this a number of ways... so I will.
A. Oh boy, I don't want to relive the past. I'm glad I have the experiences I have, and I've learned from them, but I don't want to go back.
B. The year I was proposed to, 1973. I wouldn't change a thing, except maybe investigating something I now know was going on, and blowing the whistle on it.
C. 1992. Especially the week and a half in Moscow. I don't think I would change a thing. Maybe I would write to Lena more after the visit.
4. What is your favorite feature film and why?
A. Animated feature film. Windaria. It was gorgeously animated, had a fairy tale feel, and ended in a brutal war, complete with betrayal, suicide, and bitter weeping. I paid $50 for the R2 DVD. A friend is working on a fansub of it for me.
B. Live action feature film. Dreamchild. Not to be confused with A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child. Why? It really hit me. I cried, a lot. Alice Hargreaves, formerly Liddell, now 80 years old, is given an honourary degree at Columbia University in New York, as part of the celebration of Lewis Carroll's centenary. It is her first and only trip to the United States. As, for the first time in years, she is reminded of the stories once told to her, that later became _Alice's Adventures Underground_, _Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_, and _Throught the Looking Glass_, she is haunted by her memories. The creatures in the stories that amused her as a child come to life in a scary portrayal by Jim Henson's Creature Shoppe. Young Alice is played by Amelia Shankley, and bears quite a resemblance to Alice Liddell. Alice gradually comes to terms with her feelings about the past.
5. What science fiction convention that you attended was the most memorable? Explain.
It's kind of a tie. My first science fiction convention:
Worldcon 1984, Anaheim, California.
I was quite blown away. I only went for a day. I found all kinds of stuff in the dealer's room. I listened to talks by Star Wars people. I waited in line 6 hours to watch 6 and a half hours of Star Wars IV - VI. I got a flyer for a Battlestar Galactica club, which I joined. I got the first and only edition of "Lyconthropy" magazine, which I tried to subscribe to, but they folded. I was 15, by the way. Last year was my fifth Worldcon.
Baycon 1988, San Jose, California.
I was pretty blown away again. A con, with an anime guide (er, they called it a Japanimation guide, I think)! And 24 hour anime on BCTV! Room parties! Con suite! Did I mention it was my first vacation with friends and w/o parents? I was 18, almost 19. I lived in Orange County back then. This year will be my 17th Baycon.