Now that the Super Bowl is over, we can move on to other special days.
There is a lot going on this weekend, Chinese New Year meets Valentines Day.
Maybe we don’t need to make a choice of one or the other, but find a special way to observe both.
Tet, the Lunar New Year, marks the beginning of spring and is the most observed holiday within the Vietnamese community. According to the Chinese Zodiac 2010 marks the Year of the Tiger, the sign of bravery.
People born in the Year of the Tiger are generally well liked because of their charismatic personalities. They are usually straight forward and out going by nature. The Tiger is associated with good fortune, power and royalty and is viewed with both fear and respect.
I like the Tiger, I’m sure with such positive traits I must be a Tiger, yeah, I think the brave and feared Tiger must be my Chinese Zodiac sign. Or maybe the Monkey because they are clever, skillful, flexible, and they are inventive and original and can solve the most difficult problems with ease.
Second thought, I must be a Monkey.
Wait a minute, did I calculate this right? Let’s see, I was born Jan. 28, 1956 . . . I’m a sheep? Oh, this must be wrong. Sheep like to set their own hours and will not tolerate too much discipline. Am I reading this right?
Okay, here we are, oh, I’m still a sheep. Well, there’s got to be something positive with such a woolly, friendly, calm animal. Here we go.
Sheep are very offended if they are criticized by others. What? That offends me!
Maybe I should come to the realization that I am a sheep and embrace the fact that sheep also can’t work under pressure and must be allowed to do things at their own speed. Why am I any different than any other sign, who doesn’t like to do things at their own speed?
Regardless of my intolerance to discipline and other traits I’m not so sure about, I still like to have fun and I will be celebrating both the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day this weekend.
First off, Russ made reservations at one of our favorite restaurants, Doug’s Downtown Grill on Main Street. We will share the special day with special friends Margie and Randy.
Randy has become a regular on Friday nights after he was introduced to Doug’s famous hamburger washed down with a Leinenkugle. If you don’t know what a Leinenkugle is then you need to belly up to the bar and ask for a “Sherry” special. Randy drives 120 miles round trip every week for this newly-acquired addition. Until recently he did not eat beef. Enough said.
I will also make my way over to Garden Grove Park to the Tet festival this weekend, that is if they will let me back in since the incident last year. You know it really wasn’t my fault. There are a few contests I might be interested in, again, if they allow me to participate.
The spelling bee looks interesting . . . oh, it’s for children only. I could have had that one in the bag for sure. Maybe floral arranging, or a drawing contest … no, too much competition. The only one left that I think I might have a shot at is the “Golden Voice” contest, showcase my vocals, and it doesn’t matter that I don’t like to be criticized by others.
Oh, yeah, that’s what got me in trouble last year.
Whatever you decide to do this weekend, Happy (Ha) Year! Gong XI Fa Cai ( May You be Happy, May You be Wealthy).