February 1st, 2003

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Kung Hee Fat Choy... may happy times return

Happy Chinese New Year! Happy New Year!

Year of the goat / sheep! The goat is a symbol of warmth, understanding, creativity and untidiness... I'm all for that.

  • For good luck, the house should be cleaned before New Year Eve. *Whoops*

  • You should try to repay your debts by this time. *Done*

  • If you haven't taken a shower, don't bother. Doing so washes away your good luck. *Ok... But I'll shower first thing tomorrow! *

  • It's a lucky sign to hear a song bird, red-colored bird, or a swallow. *Hmm.Any cardinals or red parrots around? *

  • Do not use scissors as this may cut off your fortune. *No razors for me today! *

  • Wear red for fortune and prosperity, do not wear white.

  • The first person one meets and the first words heard are significant as to what the fortunes would be for the entire year.

While many Chinese people today may not believe in these do's and don'ts, these traditions and customs are still practiced. These traditions and customs are kept because most families realize that it is these very traditions, whether believed or not, that provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.

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A year ago - moon/Menstruation connection(or not), dreamy-dreams, elephant talk, pictures, including Newt in a box. Man lives in an airport for 11 years, cousin stuff

Two Years ago - Got Birthday arranged to be off, dreams, schedule, shrunken head apples, my first b-day card
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Where does the food go? Two growing boys, can gobble up quite a load of groceries.

I'm off to pick up some more, until later, dear journal.

[update- back already, and mah cubbards are stocked to the gills.] My Veggie burgers had a free pizza-burger in each container!

sad news- Space shuttle Columbia breaks apart in flames about 203,000 feet over Texas, 16 minutes before it was supposed to touch down in Florida. All seven aboard were killed: William McCool, Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark and Ilan Ramon, who was Israel's first astronaut.