I am now in Grinnell, Iowa. I am here to present a paper at a philosophy conference here at Grinnell College tomorrow morning. I arrived here about an hour ago, after driving 8 hours. It's way past my usual bedtime; it's now 11:52 p.m. Central.
Upon arriving here in Grinnell, I immediately went to the Taco Bell here and ordered a bean burrito to go (it's the only place open here at this hour). On a whim, I thought I'd also get some ice-cream and a can of beer from the gas station nearby. (I know, not very sattvic, but well...) So anyway, just a few minutes ago, I was happily settling down in my hotel room to enjoy my food. I bit into what was supposed to be a bean burrito, and realized that the texture was kind of... meaty. Hmm... very unusual beans, I thought, but I swallowed anyway. Then I looked at the burrito, and realized I was biting into a beef burrito! Then it dawned on me: The person taking the order at Taco Bell must have misheard "bean" for "beef"!
So, because of this accident, I ended up taking my first bite of meat in a year, and violating ahimsa! I dumped the rest of the burrito, and ended up having ice-cream and beer for dinner. What a culinary adventure in corn country.