Thursday, April 29, 2010

Porky's Last Fortune (or so he says)

One of my friends recently started a new job that required months of grueling training. We met at P.F. Chang's to celebrate and it wasn't until I got home that I realized we left without ever having received fortune cookies. Boo! However, this gives me the opportunity to share the story of Porky's "last fortune...ever":

"Your ambitious nature will help you make a name for yourself."

Porky asks, "How could that ever be topped??" So impressed with the above fortune, in fact, Porky has since refused to even open another fortune cookie. Can you imagine?!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Parental Cookie Inserts

"A beautiful, smart, and loving person will be coming into your life."

"All the darkness in the world cannot put out a single candle."

My mother was in town this weekend and brought these two fortune cookie inserts she and my father received recently. She didn't specify which one of them received the actual fortune (printed first), but this is one instance in which I appreciate both inserts- even though one is more of an adage. We can all use an occasional reminder of the power of light to overcome darkness.

Note to my loyal readers: I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I have a long list of entries lined up and will catch up soon, I promise.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Surprise Gift of Fortune from My Flo

I recently opened my front door to find a package from Crane & Co. out of Massachusetts. I hadn't ordered anything from them, nor do I know anyone in MA who would send me something. Curious, I immediately opened the box to find this spectacular green box of thank-you cards, accompanied by a note from my college roommate, Flo,* who lives just outside of our nation's capital. She had seen these fortune-themed thank-you cards and couldn't resist sending them to me!

The set includes three different messages from which to choose when sending a thank-you note and comes with red envelopes with gold lining - how appropriate, as red and gold are considered fortunate colors in Chinese tradition. 

I have always loved receiving mail, and who doesn't appreciate a thoughtful gift? Thanks, my Flo!

*Flo is a nickname that has survived since our first year in college.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Which Fortunes Do You Keep? And...Introducing Mr. Fabulous!

Friday night (April 16th), UnScurvyGirl and I went to dinner at Asti and then went to see the hilarious Chelsea Handler's stand-up show. After the show, we met up with UnScurvyGirl's husband, Mr. Fabulous (see below), and another friend of ours, Austin's newest and best police officer (as of next Friday), at House Wine. As the four of us sat chatting and having our nightcaps, the topic of fortunes arose. UnScurvyGirl pulled out her wallet and dug out these three fortune cookie inserts:

"Treat others as you would treat yourself."
"Your creativity takes you to great heights."
"The secret of vast riches begins with a single penny."

UnScurvyGirl isn't sure why she carries around these particular cookie inserts, but the middle insert - "Your creativity takes you to great heights" - is particularly well-suited to her. Also, as she pointed out, two of the inserts include instruction in the Chinese language: "To Taste" and "Beef." Perhaps she keeps these inserts because of their unique pairing.

What prompted UnScurvyGirl to bring out these cookie inserts? Meet Mr. Fabulous, UnScurvyGirl's husband of ten years.

Mr. Fabulous told us of a fortune he's been saving that portends of his future baldness. He then took out his wallet to show us said fortune but instead revealed a not-a-fortune on a completely different topic. UnScurvyGirl has no recollection of Mr. Fabulous receiving (or saving) a balding-themed fortune whatsoever, and we are all still waiting for him to recover this gem. 

Are there particular fortunes that you keep? Which ones? Why?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stolen Not-a-Fortune

What happens when a not-a-fortune (more of an axiom, really) was meant for someone else? This is the question CAChick05 asked as she and I grabbed the unopened fortune cookie of the patron next to us after he left the P.F. Chang's bar tonight (15% off your meal on tax day).

"Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness."

-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friendly Fortunes

My good friend AwesomeFromAmherst (who originally appeared in this post describing her fortune cookie superstition) and her equally awesome (though not from Amherst) husband saved a Panda Express fortune cookie for me. It contained an actual fortune:

"Your dearest wish will come true."

Of course the pessimist in me is tempted to add, "be careful what you wish for..." whereas my friend and fellow blogger Single Blonde in the City would add, "in bed." I suppose we could combine our tendencies to create "Be careful what you wish bed!"

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fortunes in Advertising

As a way of introducing their new carling way china, kate spade placed this ad in glossy magazines across the United States (and perhaps globally). The perfectly manicured model holds a fortune that reads, "you will dine happily ever after."

Have any of you seen fortune cookies and/or fortunes incorporated into advertising campaigns? 

*Thanks to my Audriella for passing along this ad.