Last Wednesday was World Vegetarian Day – and you didn’t know.

I didn’t know until Oct. 1 it had come and gone, and I’m a vegetarian.

I took the “no meat please” pledge more than 20 years ago because my primary care physician wanted me to start taking an anti-cholesterol pill. Being young and foolish, I said “no” to the pill and opted for a low-cholesterol diet which included no meat.

You can imagine what happened. Twenty years later, I’m taking that pill every day. It happens when you pass 50. Pills and more pills. It’s true. Pharma’s goal is for every American to eventually take anti-cholesterol and high blood-pressure pills every day. More pills are even better.

Back to World Vegetarian Day. When I started this “nothing with a mommy or a daddy” quest, Kroger had one shelf of vegetarian items. The guy at our Neighborhood Walmart gave me a blank stare.

Oh, how times have changed. Kroger has a whole freezer section that will bring a smile to any vegetarian. Target’s newly revamped grocery section in Atascocita has multiple freezers of veggie goodies.

A Lake Houston Chamber friend asked me if Burger King’s Impossible Whopper tasted like the real thing. It’s been 20 years since I ate meat so I’m not sure, but I can tell you, BK’s IW was tasty and dripping blood, well, beet juice, I’m told.

If you think Houston is a meat-eating city, Wallet Hub says, “Wait a minute.” The personal-finance website lists Houston as number 19 in the Top 20 Cities for Vegans and Vegetarians. Weird Austin, naturally, is number 5.

If you missed World Vegetarian Day, not to worry. Wallet Hub announced Nov. 1 as World Vegan Day. Let me know how you plan to celebrate.

Changing topics, remember my last column? The teenagers on YouTube trying to figure out how to dial a rotary phone?

I wrote that column to show that teens may know a lot about iPhones, video games and anything electronic, but give them a rotary phone, ask them to call a number – and they’re as slow and dull as us mature folks.

Well, Chuck helped me prove my point. Chuck is the accountant from Kingwood with four boys, regular consumers at the Lake Houston YMCA.

Chuck read my “Teens and the Rotary Phone” column and had his own story to tell when I saw him at the Y.

Seems that Chuck had a rental car – a cheap one. He’s an accountant, after all. No air conditioning. No electric windows. Yup, Chuck is cheap. It was Kingwood, after all, and one of Chuck’s boys in the back seat needed to cool down.

“Open the window,” Chuck told his kid. The young man looked at the door. No button to press.

“I don’t know what to do,” the young man said.

It dawned on Chuck. His son had never seen a “roll down” window. You know, turn the handle – and the window goes down. Chuck demonstrated and the young man was amazed. He turned the handle one way. The window went down. He turned the handle the other way. The window went up. Up, down. Up, down.

Chuck proved it. Parents can be cool, too!

If you see me at the Lake Houston Y or Kroger or Starbucks or H-E-B, tell me your tale. You may find your tale in The Trib, too.

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Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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