Tuesday, February 17, 2009

It's the Year of the Ox, And It's ABout Time

Fortune House Restaurant, on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights, has a new candy jar commemorating the Chinese Year of the Ox.

Considering today's economic situation, it's fortunate that the Ox is characterized by people who "labor through their daily responsibilities either at work or at home without complaint or gripe," according to Wikipedia. "Oxen know they will succeed through hard work and sustained effort and find no truth or benefit in concocting get-rich-quick schemes."

Perhaps appropriately, considering the awful year we just left behind -- the Year of the Rat -- Wikipedia characterizes Rat-folk this way: "Behind the smiles and charm, a strong sense of entitlement lurks deep within these people, and to go along with that, Rats can be arrogant and extremely deceptive and selfish."

Goodbye and good riddance, Year of the Rat! It's up to the Oxen now to clean up your mess!

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