According to Chinese astrology, we are starting the Year of the Tiger, about which my very old Book of Chinese Chance paperback says:
“Tiger years are notoriously turbulent. Political unrest, coup d’etats, and catastrophes often strike during these action-packed years.
Prudence is advised in all new undertakings… The Tiger, though noble and honorable, endows his year with uncertainty and danger. Tigers never know where they might place their next paw. In Tiger years it is incumbent upon the rest of us to face head-on collisions with our own enemies. When we least expect that calamity, it surges out of nowhere. Much strength is required of us during these testy times.”
2010 is a Metal year, so this is the year of the Golden Tiger or the White Tiger, depending on which source you believe, but the white tiger is considered a bit of a jinx for reasons I haven’t been able to track.
However, every new year is the chance for a new start, and in that spirit I share my favorite of this year’s Chinese New Year Songs, because it embodies the ancient universal traditions of every extended family celebration… namely, bribing the kids to sit down and shut up until their elders can get sufficiently lubricated to stand being around each other. And then hoping the ensuing Carb Coma will keep actual fistfights from breaking out. Kampai!
White is the color of death in major Asian cultures.
Meh, I’m a Rat, which from what little I understand of Chinese astrology makes me the equivalent of Scorpio, which is also my birf sign. So uhh yeah I got it bad.
BTW this may or may not mean anything, but kampai means cheers in Japanese as well. Could just be a borrowed word though. Japanese is full of those.
Oh and did BJ just break for anyone else there for a bit?
Awesome. May it also be Brutal.
Xin ni quai le, bitchez. I am a Metal Pig. We rock. That is all.
@asiangrrlMN: Hi hon. Did you see my comment one thread down? Around the eighties or so. I think it might make you squee. It sure put me in a decent mood. :)
@asiangrrlMN: Oh no, even bettah. I won’t know that until Monday most likely. I needed it tonight too.
@Yutsano: YOU GOT THE PROMOTION????? I go look now.
I’m a fire snake. Not supposed to be a good year for me (as if the last 2 have been any better). Seems to be an odd thing as i’m a Virgo in the western zodiac. Been a rather fun ride so far through life though.
@Yutsano: YAYAYAYAYAY! I’m so happy for you, hon. Except, I saw what you said about Ohno, and I haven’t seen the finals yet (DVR). Still, I’m glad you got time with your honey.
I’m browsing the Tunchie store I am like a kid in a candy store.
Oh yeah, forgot I’m a Water Rat. Y’all have been warned.
@asiangrrlMN: I won’t spoil it for you but yeah it was fucking cheap.
He’s alive (which is good) and feisty as normal. He’s still where he was, so I have at least some idea how much longer he’ll be in the US. Oh and he developed a crush on the Dutch skater who won gold today. He’s so cute sometimes.
@Yutsano: Wait, are you talking about the semis? I already saw that. I didn’t see anything untoward. And, he plays for your team?
@asiangrrlMN: No the finals. Trust me I was swearing at the TV. It would have been in Korean if I had known any good Korean swear words. The ending was rather satisfying I will give you that much.
@Yutsano: K Am watching the luge right now.
@asiangrrlMN: I’m watching the women’s moguls right now. It’s great to watch them all smiling and hugging each other when they land at the end.
@Yutsano: Fuck! I just watched Apollo Damn. Yeah. Sweet ending. Heh heh heh.
@asiangrrlMN: America’s first gold in the women’s moguls.
BTW what’s your opinion of Lindsay Vonn?
@Yutsano: Damn it! I’m not there yet! She’s OK Not my cuppa, really.
You are worse than the internets–oh, wait.
@asiangrrlMN: Ahem. Water Rat. I done warned you. :)
@Yutsano: What, that means cannot keep a secret? It was still thrilling to watch.
@asiangrrlMN: Manipulative, a bit selfish, opportunistic, fluid, dynamic, charismatic. Something along those lines.
I am a “wood dragon” if the googled web site that I found is correct. It claims that it’s the day you were born that determines you’re Chinese animal, not the year.
If it’s the year then I’m a water rabbit. Which kinda sounds disgusting…
@Yutsano: Me, I’m generous and want to help others. I have an open-mind and don’t like intolerant people. I am a loyal and trusty friend for life. I am sizzling and passionate. Yeah, sounds about right.
I like the team speed skating. Free-for-all!
@Dr. Morpheus: It’s the day, not the year because Chinese Astrology goes by the lunar calendar. If you are a dragon, you are lucky, indeed.
Congrats on the promotion, bud. Just hope the salary bump is commensurate with the increase in responsibility.
In any case, for this and other abstract things, consider me a happy human being for the evening.
No kidding, I feel bad for the directors in charge of covering the relays. It looked so incoherent, but it was a finely tuned dance of athleticism.
@freelancer: I like it because it’s like roller derby on ice.
And, Yuts won’t hear about the promotion until Monday. He’s happy ‘coz he got some quality Dawg time.
Watching the 5k race last night, I came to the conclusion that speed skating is hypnotic and beautiful. Seeing the short track relay from tonight, I saw that it could also be hyper-kinetic, and a triumph of competitive organization and teamwork.
Well then, kudos to him. We all need our respite. Go Yuts and go dawg.
@freelancer: Well no counting chickens afore they hatch. I won’t know until Monday if I got it for sure. If not I’ve already decided I’m gonna go job hopping. That will involve a move for sure as I plan on moving closer to the Space Needle than I am now. Or very close to the Canadian border should a position open up up there.
See the edit @24.
This is good news for Lemmy.
Michael af W
Kampai is indeed Japanese. The Chinese equivalent is “ganbei”. Means “dry glass”. Which in turn means the same as “bottoms up”.
After 6+ years in China, believe me, this is one word that all foreigners here learn… Jeebus, the amount of baijiu (“white liquor”) that I have downed with customers, distributors, government officials, etc…
Xinnian kuaile! Gongxi facai!
@Michael af W: I must have killed hundreds of potted plants while doing business in Japan and China. After 3 rounds, other participants are either too drunk to notice that my glass is being emptied into the planter or are cheating too and can stuff it.
that’s my policy.
@asiangrrlMN: You and me both, pretty lady! That’s cool. I’m glad to hear someone thinks pigs are awesome, as I was kind of bummed to find out my sign, as all my other family members seem to be cooler animals. Though I read somewhere that the pig is a symbol for happiness, I suspect that has less to do with the pig’s characteristics than it does the pig’s deliciousness.
Happy new year! Here’s a golden oldie.
Oh, I’m very fond of pigs, both zodiacal and barnyard (and breakfast, I have to admit).
Happy New Year! Happy Tigers!
/ Water Horse
That cinnamon toast is almost two months old but it still looks delicious!
I seem to be a Wood Monkey:
“The Wood Monkey’s exceptional communication skills enable them to interact well with others. They’re hard workers who have a keen understanding of the way things operate.”
So listen to Linda. She knows. She knows.
But seriously folks . . . . .
Happy New Year. And Happy Valentine’s Day. Do yourself a favor and count all the people [furry people count too] who secretely smile when they think of you.
@Nicole: Well, there’s always the chance you’re NOT a pig (grin).
My wife and I have the same birthday, four years apart. I’m a Rat. If you’re a westerner who hasn’t noticed the fall of the Chinese calendar, she’s a Dragon. If, however, you DO notice these things, you discover she’s a Rabbit. (Yang Metal and Yin Water for the two of us, respectively.)
How does one find out what they are? I must have missed a link.
The only tv I planned to watch this am was CBS Sunday Morning…feature on Jeff Bridges. Anything with Harold Ford or David Brooks was not on my watch list until I just read that Rachel Maddow is on that MTP lineup. I wonder what the IQ spread is between Rachel & Harold, lol. Zakaria GPS guest is Paul Volcker.
Here’s a good link with a chart showing the lunar years and associated astrological signs.
Metal rabbit here.
Thanks! I’m a metal rat.
(Eats cheese, bangs head.)
@Steeplejack: I’m an earth rat? A mole? A mole man? I’m burrowing into your base!
@SiubhanDuinne: LOL! I told you it was a “golden oldie”!
Ivan Ivanovich Renko
I’m a Fire Cock.
Nothing more needs be said.
I had to turn it off since the little girls in the Jon Benet makeup were creeping me out.
As someone who was literally running around yesterday morning to find red envelopes for Hung Pao (“Lucky Money”), I appreciated that video. (Fortunately, around Valentine’s Day is a good time to find them.) Was that actually an extended restaurant commercial?
@John Quixote: Kick ass. Tiger, schmiger: how can a Metal Year possibly be bad?
@mr. whipple: Dear goo. We discovered not so long ago that you and I have the same month/daye of birth. Now, unless you’re over a century old, I discover we also share the same year?
Just remember some cheeses are oilier than others. Squeak.
Robert Gibbs will be twittering (tweeting?).
Just going to C & P the whole thing, on my way out.
Well, Wood Dragon here. “Waves at Dr. Morpheus”
Quite interesting reading the characteristics.
“white tiger is a slang term for a woman’s shaved pubic area”
Why? I have no idea.
Hehe, wasted a whole morning on this stuff.
I’m apparently a Fire Horse born in the year of Earth Monkey…
and my decade from 10-19 was ridiculously unlucky (It was)…
and I should paint my house interiors black or white for decoration for balance (already did before reading that, black walls w. white trim, love it)…
and my life from 50-70 years old will be epically lucky and still okay until 80 and then will kinda suck until 90 when it recovers somewhat.
Clearly I should go out on a high note, balling Nigerian and Swedish hookers with my horse cock while on fire at the age of 69. Sounds like a plan! :D
Wood tiger here — not sure the description fits me, but hey, who am I to argue?
To Mr. Whipple and Kirk Spencer:
1960, I presume.
Babies. Mere babies.
@Linda Featheringill: I know I am. I have far too much left to learn and experience for me to be anything BUT a mere baby.
To Kirk Spencer:
I’ll tell you a secret. The Mystery [the width and depth of the Unknowable] only increases with time. The constant sense of amazement and downright confusion is one of the good things about aging.
Not chopped liver, folks! This cliche was wrong for this thread in at least two geographical senses. Perhaps it could be changed to “Not toasted ravioli”.
I have nachas that Pitt actually won but John doesn’t have to hear about it because it’s too many hours ago.
My dad reports that Cody Ellis has recently begun playing because there were issues with his transcript from the Australian sports school.
I’m a fire monkey. The firecrackers have been going off in my complex since early this morning, and probably last night. I didn’t get home until 5. At 8:00, my next-door neighbors must have set off a case of them. I’m a very tired fire monkey.
@Nicole: Woo-hoo! Latter 1971 represents! Pigs are kind and warm-hearted and generous and all that good stuff. It really is the best sign under which to be born.
/extremely biased opinion.
@asiangrrlMN: I think it’s the kind-heartedness that causes us to leave so many broken hearts in our pleasant, generous wake… ;)
(Heh. I can say that because I was once dumped on Valentine’s Day so I’ve been on both sides.)
@RedKitten: sweet, as am I. 1974 was vintage…