In the 1999 movie "Notting Hill," Hugh Grant's character, William, is having dinner with friends when he learns his blind date is a fruitarian:
OK. So I'm twisted and find this hopelessly funny. Of course, others are deadly serious. How serious? Check out www.fruitarian.com or this Wikipedia explanation.
- William: And, ahm: what exactly is a fruitarian?
- Keziah: We believe that fruits and vegetables have feeling so we think cooking is cruel. We only eat things that have actually fallen off a tree or bush - that are, in fact, dead already.
- William: Right. Right. Interesting stuff. So, these carrots...
- Keziah: Have been murdered, yes.
- William: Murdered? Poor carrots. How beastly!
But then I'm serious about the need for more people to get out of their cars and onto transit.
I'm a transitarian. (Not to be confused with the Spanish third-person plural of transitar in the conditional.)
What's a transitarian? A transitarian is so enamored with transit, so invested in the good that comes from leaving the car at home, that he takes light rail from Watt/I-80 to 12th and I streets and then walks nine blocks in the rain to get to an important appointment at 20th and J streets.
A transitarian, therefore, often resembles a drowned rat, his jacket soaked through, his slacks wet from midthigh down to his squishy-wet shoes. But inside, beneath that wet exterior, is a proud transitarian and a "Save the Children" trademark tie designed by Cherise - Age 6, titled "Raining cats and dogs."