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Last weekend I went to Florida with [livejournal.com profile] jet_der_hund to watch the launch of STS-130, a mission of the space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station.  The launch, though it was delayed one day by weather, was amazing, and I'm glad I went, and very glad I could see it with fellow aviation nuts Jet and [livejournal.com profile] fraudulentfox , who was able to join us only because of the scrub and some.... creative ticket buying.  NASA, I love you, but the airport you are not.* 

Between the launch and the Saints beating up the Terminator, it was a great way to end the lunar year.  This weekend, the US will go crazy over little candy hearts and overpriced flowers.  Everywhere else, though, it's Chinese New Year.  This will be the year of Yang Metal Tiger.  What's that you say? You thought there was only an animal? What's this "yang metal" thing about? Don't worry, I'm going to tell you. 

The Chinese calendar has more than just animals.  Yin and yang, as well as the five Chinese classical elements (water, earth, fire, wood, metal) are all critical to a real Chinese astrological reading.  I, for example, was born in October of 1981, so I am not just a rooster, but a yin metal rooster.  It gets more complicated than that, you can go down to the minute of your birth for an extended sign.  Mine is yin metal rooster, double water ox, wood rat.  Since I'm not using an LJ cut for this, I'll let you all discover what this means for yourselves here and here

The point of it all, is that since I'm a yin metal rooster, and this year is yang metal tiger, I've got one opposed, one in favor, and one neutral force impacting me this year (no, the tiger does not eat the rooster, and it also doesn't care two bits for fictional characters).   So a pretty balanced year, in all.  I'm traveling a lot this year, so I'll be glad for the stability.  



*Ask me in person or over DM what this means.
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