Thursday, January 31, 2008

Year of the Rat Begins Inauspiciously

They're having super weird weather in China, which is messing up Lunar New Year travels (think of several hundred million people starring in their own versions of Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, but in China):
China's worst snow storms in decades forced the cancellation of more than 3,250 flights over the six days through noon on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

The weather also delayed 5,550 flights and caused 380 planes to be diverted, Xinhua quoted the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China as saying.

They don't do small in China. In response to the massive snowstorms, the government has dispatched "about 460,000 army troops and paramilitary forces . . . to areas hit worst by the heavy snows to help clear roads, restore power and conduct relief operations . . . ." NYT. The Year of the Rat and the first Summer Games in China looks to be off to a rocky start.


Mutual Friend said...

Thanks for commenting at my site! Your blog is so intersting and fun too! I love sites about water and weather. And your little alliteration about drought, dread and delight. That's so clever! But also deep and heavy. Are you a true intellectual? It sure seems like it, what with all your penetrating posts.

This post about China is so insightful. Did it take you a long time to write? I like the way you weaved both the year of the rat andthe Olympics into it. That's fancy. The post about how it rained when you were at work was fascinating, too. I can't believe they're going to drink their pee in OC. Eww. I'm glad I'm more informed about that now. But the best was how there was fog one day, and then you sat in your office. Whoa.

If you support Obama - cause I only visit sites of people who are in the love him and hate Hillary - then I'll come visit all the time. Please post more regularly! Thanks, guy!

The Secretary said...

You got me: I'm cut to the core. : [

Perhaps to retaliate I should, in a huff, try to determine from SiteMeter where you work and post a link to your workplace in this comment?

Oh, no, I won't: that's a tactic for good people like yourself. Be proud, my friend. Very proud.

[Insert spastic, incoherent, blathering response below]

new age said...

On February 7, 2008 the Year of the Earth Rat begins as the year of the Fire Pig comes to an end. The Pig is the last sign in the Chinese Zodiac and the Rat is the first sign. Therefore we are now at the end of one 12 year Chinese Zodiac cycle and the beginning of another one. If you are looking for closure, now is the time in the last few days of the year of the Fire Pig. If you are looking for a new beginning, a fresh start approaches with the year of the Earth Rat.

After two Fire years in a row, life may seem calmer during this Earth year. That could be deceptive, however, as the Rat never stops moving, especially when it comes to mental activity.

According to the popular legend, the Rat was the first to arrive to a dinner hosted by Buddha (but only after hitching a ride on Ox’s back and then jumping over the finish line) so this is why the Rat is the first sign of the Chinese zodiac. It signifies new beginnings. 2008 is therefore an appropriate time to commence new ventures, including new ideas, directions, and ways of doing things. There will be ample time to see your projects through and opportunities for you to achieve success. However, keep in mind that your actions may have long terms effects, so be wise with your decisions.