believe it or not but im sorta a boss

whats funny is no one really listens to me.

almost everywhere ive worked before a good boss lets the people leave early on Thanksgiving Wednesday

and so the small amount of people that i can tell to go home early hardly ever do!

its very frustrating.

so today i have a secret plot.

i am very very thankful for all of the people i get to work with, but the peeps in my immediate proximity save my butt and make magic happen pretty much every day

so since they probably wont go home early today i am going to take them to a special lunch.

and since the one person who has had to report to me the longest is a vegan, today we’re going to go to one of her favorite vegan restaurants.

then there will be cupcakes.

weird thing about sitting next to a vegan for almost three years

is you learn so much

animal blogger Lindsay B shared an office with me when we were on the 5th floor, and now that we are on the 3rd floor newsroom i have learned tons about animal rights groups, the strict rules of veganism, and what animal activists love and hate.

one thing i learned was animal groups hate it when animals appear in commercials. their argument is that in order to train animals to do the tricks that ad companies want, the creatures are typically ripped from their mothers at early ages and often abused into learning the commands and tricks.

so a few weeks ago when i saw the ad above for the Dodge Tent Event that ended in a little chimp dressed up like Evel Knievel i chuckled and thought “omg i have to ask Lindsay what the activists will think of this.”

the next day i showed her the ad and asked her to write to her contact at PETA for a quote. she got the quote, and a few days later she got a second email saying that PETA was happy to report that Dodge was going to alter the ad.


then recently we saw the new spot and i thought to myself – did Lindsay and I really influence a car manufacturer to do something? Dodge says that it got two emails, one from PETA and one from a chimpanzee rights group, but something tells me that part of the email may have said that the Times noticed the ad and is curious whats going on over there.

im ok believing it was a coincidence. and im totally ok with the altered ad, which can be seen here. our original post is here.

the answer is soul

no seriously i was in severe pain. new readers may not realize that the xbi loved that i was feelsnopain

and the two things that fixed it was the truest and soul food.

and since you cant really bottle curvy californians,

the answer is to figure out how to do the soul food van proper.

it’ll save lives.

unlike most things sold from vans, soul food marinates the longer it sits in its own juices.

its also best served with white bread, which also has a very hard time getting bad.

there will be two kinds of collard greens: vegan style and avec bacon style

just want a big rib to naw on? fifty cents.

want some generic grape soda? fifty cents.

cool jazz will be played.

and in tribute to those who came before us

a virgin mary will be painted on the truck.