(Ne derangez pas les manchots aujord'hui) - Avec les memes numeros.
I have eaten at many Chinese restaurants, and therefore have cosumed more than my fair share of fortune cookies. I enjoy the crispy texture and the bland almond-like taste. Getting that little slip of paper thats been inserted inside is just a bonus to most people, but that's the part of the whole deal that I live for. I don't play the lottery, so the "lucky numbers" are meaningless to me.
My fortune cookie area of expertise revolves around the actual "wordy" part of the fortune. The vast majority of fortunes can be broken down into two categories. For simplicity's sake, we shall call them Category A and Category B.
Category A makes up the lion's share of fortune cookie fortunes. This category consists of banal snippets of wisdom. One would think that perhaps they are Confucian in nature, but really, the good ones were dreamed up by some Jewish fellow in San Francisco. These are the ones like "A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water" or "He who laughs last is laughing at you". They consist of little sayings that we know to be true.
Category B is slightly different. This category consists of actual fortunes such as "Today will be a good day" or "Your business will prosper this year" (the last one prompted my son to pick up the tab for the meal even though he's still in school). I'm not sure how the waiters and waitresses know how to properly distribute the correct fortune to the right customers, but this must be something that they teach in Chinese Restaurant Serving School.
I recieved a very strange fortune the other day, which prompted this blog (what won't I blog about?). I was warned not to upset the penguin today. I thought that this was some pretty original advice. Never before had I ever been warned not to upset the penguin. Perhaps I have been warned not to feed the penguin at the zoo (and I'm not even sure if I have ever been warned of that), but to upset the penguin....can't say that anyone has ever warned me not to do that.
This advice was so unusual that I had no choice but to take it to heart. I spent the rest of the day on the lookout for the penguin so that if our paths did cross I would be sure to remember my manners. Fortunately for me, I never did meet up with the penguin, and as a consequence I managed not to cause an upset. I'm going to take this advice one step further though, I'm dedicating the entire month of January towards not upsetting the penguin. Good advice like this doesn't come often and should never be ignored.