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Frequent Questions Often Asked?

Where do you get your protein?
  • Ah! This is always the most frequent question I’m asked, being a vegan. Well, from plants, hullo?

    Mostly though, tofu, beans, legumes, nuts… these are all high sources of protein from the plant kingdom. And of course, greens have a lot of protein but you have to eat a lot more greens than the average person on standard American diet would eat, anyway.

    Before, it was thought that you need to combine certain plant foods to get all essential amino acids. Y’know, like rice and beans, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, or hummus and pita bread. But it’s no longer necessary to combine foods to get the required protein. You simply have to eat a wide variety of plant foods throughout the week and you’ll get more than enough.

    This whole protein thing has been perpetuated by the meat and dairy industry. Just use your deductive reasoning to determine that, of course the meat industry will promote their products and it’s protein content. What they don’t advertise is that these animal foods have lots of artery clogging saturated fats and cholesterol, not to mention hormones and antibiotics as byproducts (in order to keep the animals healthy). There should be warning labels on animal products that have excess saturated fats and cholesterol. But, at least they’ll try to promote animal products as being 90% fat-free, or something like that. Hmm…

    See also: Analyzing the Arguments Against a Vegan Lifestyle

    Yes, I know. Boring foods for many of you. But what is food? It fuel for the body and the necessary ingredients to keep us alive and active. Many of us have been taught that food exists to serve our palates, and yes that’s true. Otherwise, fine dining establishments wouldn’t exist!

    Anyway, I believe you can get all your essential protein from plants. And I’ve proven it personally through the use of the CRON-o-meter App (more than a year and a half now). The thing is, you have to eat more, but plants are generally low in calories, don’t have all the saturated fats, cholesterol and other animal byproducts.

    The thing is, I’ve been vegetarian for most of my adult life. And I’ve been vegan for most of 15 years now, focusing on raw foods for 3-5 years. I’m still here, God willing, and a few people my age that I knew from my childhood are gone, sadly from either heart attack or stroke. I’m trying my best to avoid those two things, so that is why I do what I do.

How long have you been playing the drums?
  • Wow. That’s a lot of water under the bridge! Okay, I remember taking up snare drum lessons at around 9 years old. But I remember starting piano lessons at age 5, along with my Mom (we had the same teacher). I remember staying up late one night when we had company, and they were watching the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (yes, a long time ago). Buddy Rich was sitting in with the Tonight Show band, and his drumming performance totally blew me away. I just had to learn how to play the drums.

    So, my Dad got me some lessons at Ozzie’s Music with a drum teacher, and we got to working on learning how to properly play the snare drum first, and learning the 26 standard rudiments. Since I learned how to read from piano lessons, learning how to read snare drum parts was quite easy. In a year, I was already starting up on the drum set, after my parents bought me a cheap Japanese drum set. Back then they were considered cheap. But now Japanese companies like Yamaha currently make some of the best drums in the world.

    Gradually, I sold the old Japanese drum set and got some Rodgers drums, and at one point I had some Slingerland drums.

How many hours do you practice per day?
  • To be honest, I don’t keep track. And there was a time when I did keep track. That was when I was practicing 6 hours a day and had the time to do that. I would cover a lot of ground on the drums and piano.

    These days, I practice mostly piano because I want to learn more Classical pieces like Scott Joplin, Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven and J.S. Bach. But, it’s easy for me to put in a 2 hour day on piano alone. There’s always a lot of music to cover. On the drums, it’s mostly on the practice pad, practicing the standard rudiments and improvising.

Today’s Market

Right now the stock market and major indices are in rally mode. At least my portfolio is in the green. We’ve been experiencing lots of financial head winds, no doubt, but I have a feeling things will get better from here. And I’m just holding long now until next year around this time.

Stay tuned, I’ll post more financial stuff later, but because I’m just playing value investing for now, I’m not posting much about the stock market.

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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