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It’s 2012, Year of the Water Dragon. According to chinesezodiac.com:

Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.

I’m not Chinese, but everyone’s adopting from the Chinese these days, so I’m adopting signs.

And this year I’ve adopted this as my sign. But you can’t do that, that’s not the way it works. And the New Year was, like, five months ago. Didn’t you read? I’m a Water Dragon. I live by my own rules.

And this year, as a Newly Self-Adopted Water Dragon [NSAWD], I’m redefining myself, making some changes, and I have a few things in the works I want to let you know about. One of my new resolutions is to shorten my updates and not to fill up inboxes when I come down with a bout of diarrhea of the mind. But I’m a Water Dragon, I like to share! As you can see, I’m in a tight spot. But being newly solution-oriented, I’ve decided to do what everyone else who wants to be heard but has no one to listen to them does – start a blog. I know, I know, just what the world needs right now, another blogger who blogs about nothing. But this one will be different.

Dragons prefer leading to being led. Jobs that allow them to express their creativity are good choices. Some good careers include: inventor, manager, computer analyst, lawyer, engineer, architect, broker, and sales person.

No artist, no writer. Bummer. Another tight spot.
So, what will this blog be about to make it so different? Well… well, I haven’t really figured that out, yet, but I do know what it won’t be about. And as I learned from Mrs. Regan and cartoons in the ‘80s, knowing is half the battle.

Dragons will give in to love, but won’t give up their independence. Dragons enjoy others who are intriguing, and when they find the right partners, they’ll usually commit to that person for life.

Hear that, girl? I’m my own man. Forever. Just don’t leave me. Please.
Okay, so I do know that I won’t write about giving in to love or about my independent love life. I won’t write about the Former Love Of My Life, the Current Love Of My Life, or the Oh Lord Please Make This the Last Love Of My Life, primarily because I’ll have to start speaking in acronyms for brevity’s sake. I gave up acronyms a long time ago after some years in the military where my vocabulary consisted wholly of four-letter words and five-letter acronyms. A man of simplicity, I left the military and the acronyms behind. Okay, so there’s another thing I won’t write about. No love stories and no Clinton’s Army Non-War Stories (CANWS for short). I’m still no closer to knowing what to write about, but, again, knowing what you don’t want can be just as important as knowing what you do want. Por ejemplo, at age 15, after a summer of working at a “Mexican” fast-food chain, let’s call it Nacho Hell, with the job of removing the clearly labeled Grade E meat from the freezer to thaw, I realized two things: I was done both working and eating there, forever, if possible. With my wisdom of 15-years, I said, “Screw this, hombre, I’m going to mow lawns in the Texas heat.” So far, those two realizations have served me well. Fast-food work, Grade E meat – two things on the Never To Do Again List [NTDAL]. Maybe I’ll write more about that.

While Dragons frequently help others, rarely will they ask for help. Water calms the Dragon’s fire. Water Dragons are able to see things from other points of view. Their decisions… are usually better since they allow others to become involved.

While I’m deciding what to write or not to write, I’ve a way to kick things off. I’m starting a project, and true to my Difficult to Decipher Water Dragon Nature [DDWDN], I’d like you and some of the people you know to be involved. Yeah, I’ll say it, one China-sign can’t define me: I need some help. And because this project will be big, and I’m offering nothing in return but the possibility of a bit of fame and a hint of immortality, I’ll need a lot of help. So if you will, check it out, and please tell someone else about it, because it really is a project I’ll need a hand with. And I’d like as much input as I can get. My next post will explain more.

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2 Responses to Chasing the Dragon: Let’s Chinese New Year

  1. I Will have to return again when my course load lets up – however I am getting your Feed so i could read your blog offline. Thanks.

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