Cyndi Palmer: Happy Chinese New Year |

Cyndi Palmer: Happy Chinese New Year

It’s no ancient Chinese secret that last week marked the beginning of a Chinese New Year. And I believe it’s not only the Year of the Rat, but a year for all crazy animals.

According to the traditional Chinese New Year, “rats” symbolize people born into the world during the following windows:

– Feb. 5, 1924 to Jan. 23, 1925

– Jan. 24, 1936 to Feb. 10, 1937

– Feb. 10, 1948 to Jan. 28, 1949

– Jan. 28, 1960 to Feb. 14, 1961

– Feb. 15, 1972 to Feb. 2, 1973

– Feb. 2, 1984 to Feb. 19, 1985

– Feb. 19, 1996 to Feb. 6, 1997

– Feb. 7, 2008 to Jan. 25, 2009

They’re sociable, smart, charming, fit in just about anywhere and are always on the lookout for favorable opportunities. Other animals on the calendar are the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and boar.

If you were born during one of those dates, you can apparently look forward to a year of romantic bliss. It appears that while rats’ love life got nowhere last year, this is not the case this year.

The rats’ friendships will thrive in 2008 and the rat will welcome, not only the spotlight, but many new friends into the pack. Sounds like many social gatherings might be in order to celebrate the good fortune, which also includes positive outlooks in the matters of health, leisure, marriage, home and family.

As for financial matters, instead of splurging, rats will tend to balance spending and saving, and rats are encouraged to stick their necks out for a possible desired career move. The only thing that might cause some disappointment is a lack of travel as rats focus on all the other (above) aspects of life.

Famous “rats” include Shakespeare, Mozart, Claude Monet, Charlotte Bronte, Leo Tolstoy, Russian composer Tchaikovsky, Dennis Hopper, Samuel Jackson, Sean Penn and writer/film maker Amir Muhammad.

For other signs (look it up if you don’t know it), here’s your outlook for 2008: Although the ox is strong and reliable, they are workaholics and the road seems long in 2008 (except for in the career category).

The year looks as if it should be OK for the impulsive tiger – healthy and happy except for money matters, in which it and other matters need caution.

The refined rabbit is also encouraged to budget, take time in relationships, and enjoy fortune in love and career.

The lucky dragon must watch his stubbornness, but, like the rat, they may look forward to a fortunate year in everything – especially love.

It is suggested the elegant snake make sure to get its beauty sleep this year and patch things up with unruly relatives. Other than that, things seem to be on a positive scale in 2008.

It is predicted the admirable horse will not be too sure about romance this year, and with horses up against opposing forces in rat years, conditions will not be satisfactory for many areas in life in 2008.

The gentle goat, who needs a little nudge of encouragement now and then, can look forward to a fortunate year, but with some changes in the workplace.

The playful monkey apparently can look forward to a year of adventure in all aspects.

The cocky rooster might need to adjust his attitude to solidify happiness in love this year and is discouraged from financial ventures, travel and marriage in 2008.

The loyal dog may find trouble in love as well this year, but contentment is on the nose for most everything else.

The boar is warned against worrying too much about everything and big changes might happen in the love and home categories.

If you don’t know your sign, there are two Chinese restaurants in Grand County that I’ll bet a yuan have a calendar. There are soon to be three Chinese restaurants with the opening of the county’s second Pearl Dragon at the Fraser Marketplace.

Word through the grapevine is that the Rapids Restaurant in Grand Lake is putting together a “Food and Wine Around the World” wine tasting Feb. 23 and it’s quite a deal. Guests are treated to five-course, tapas-style dining paired with five wines from around the world for $50. Nibbles for our rats out there, and everyone else, include duck tartlets and champagne raspberry brulee. (Reservations are required).

If you see “English Sally” at the Fat Cat Cafe while you’re scurrying about this week, ask her to tell you the story of how far she went to get a homemade sausage recipe.

Food for thought: “The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”

“Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages. If you seek quick results, you will not reach the ultimate goal. If you are led astray by small advantages, you will never accomplish great things.” – Confucius

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