Happy New Year!

February 7, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year, that is. Today begins Chinese year 4706, which is the year of the Rat. (Year of the Rat… Hmm, that sounds like it could be a soundbite in a campaign ad.)

When our family goes to a Chinese restaurant, we often amuse ourselves, while waiting for our food, by studying the placemat, which often depicts the Chinese Zodiac. I take it no more seriously than our Western zodiac (according to which I am a Capricorn), but it is fun to figure out which animal corresponds to various members of our family. According to the Chinese calendar, 1962 was the year of the Tiger. However, “authoritative, emotional, courageous, and intense” do not fit me well. Ox would fit me much better: “patient, kind, stubborn, and conservative.”

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