Thursday, February 3, 2011

2011: The Year of the Rabbit

February 3, 2011, is the Chinese New Year and you know what that means: it's the year of the rabbit. (You didn't know that? Consider yourself informed.)

Last week's status on Not-a-Fortune's Facebook page lamented my lack of material and asked for reader contributions. My friends came through big:

LT offered these not-a-fortunes, which she found on her desk:
"Inch by inch life's a cinch. Yard by yard life is hard."
[You can imagine how LT, who never needs encouragement to add "in bed" to the end of a cookie insert, feels about this one.]
"Killing time murders opportunities."
[LT, on this find: "Which is always pleasant to receive after lunch." Agreed.]
Sidenote: LT and her husband are expecting twins and she is chronicling their journey on (Baby R) Squared. If you've read her fun fashion blog One Cat Away From Crazy (or even if you haven't), you may want to update your links.

My tweep @agostinelli dined at Pittsburgh's Burgatory, where he received this not-a-fortune:
"One extends one's limits only by exceeding them."
I don't know if you clicked the link for Burgatory, but it's a burger+shake joint. Just reading the menu made me hungry and thirsty, especially when I saw the extensive list of beer options with which you can wash down your fortune cookie.

Bea Dazzler and I enjoyed honey chicken and house special beef at Chinatown in Westlake before catching a show at Austin's One World Theatre last Friday. Our cookie inserts were less amusing than the stand-up comedy we saw after dinner, and if you had been at the show you would know just how difficult of a task that was to achieve.
"Now is the time to call loved ones at a distance. Share your news."
[You may recall that Bea Dazzler and her husband Princess Quite-A-Lot are expecting their first child in the next few weeks. Her response to this not-a-fortune was a variation of, "If they don't know by now, they haven't been paying attention."]
"Love conquers all."
[Does it?]

Here's an interesting not-a-fortune, received by a college friend who, along with his wife, courageously left his job as a high school teacher to run an organic sustainable farm. Go read about it here. And follow along on their journey at Good Life Ranch.
"To courageously shoulder the responsibility of one's mistake is character."

Finally, three inserts from Single Blonde's recent business lunch at P.F. Chang's:
"Big journeys begin with a single step."
[In bed?]
"Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today."
[Also "In bed"?]
"To love and win is the best thing; to love and lose the next best."
[SB and I are in agreement that this last not-a-fortune must have been written by a man. In an attempt to console an ex-girlfriend.]


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