February 14, 2004

February 14, 2004

Happy Birthday Mom!

Actually, her bday is February 13th. The date above says the 14th, but since I haven’t slept yet, I still consider ither birthday.

Tonight we went to the Borgata, where we ate a nice dinner and gambled. It was hella crowded, what with the V-Day and President’s Weekend crowds, and the bozos that figure Friday the 13th sounds like a lucky day to go gambling. I couldn’t get a seat at the Roulette tables, so I resorted to slots. Did OK. Between Thor and I, only $70 or so was lost.

Thor ordered a dozen VDay roses to be sent to me at work today (thus giving me something to show off at work) but they didn’t show. Guess where he ordered it from? Yes, Virginia, Remember the debacle from last year?

And now, without further ado, the Friday Five!

1. Are you superstitious?
Not really. The only real superstition I will adhere to (in the future, because it doesn’t apply now) is to not announce a pregnancy until after the first trimester. I don’t think it jinxes the pregnancy, but so many sad things can happen in the first trimester. Maybe you can call that a tradition rather than a superstition.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
Some older Italians believe that you should always exit a house from the same door that you entered. As a kid, it struck me funny that perfectly sane grownups would say goodnight, start to go out the back door, and then scamper to the front door like the hand of God would give them a beatdown if they dared exit another way.

3. Believer or not, what’s your favorite superstition?
Gotta be the 7 years of bad luck when you break a mirror superstition. Are the 7 year sentences served consecutively or concurrently. Because if it’s consecutively, I probably have 3 or 4 more bad years left from broken locker-mirrors back in Jr. High and High school.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
I suppose it seems weird not to be superstitious but to believe in luck. My lucky number is 23. I’ve won a lot of roulette money on that number.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
I find astrology to be very fascinating, and did a lot of reading on the subject as a young adult. Initially, sure, it sounds stupid for all people that were born during a certain astrological period to be the same. But real astrology goes deeper. Your chart is based on not only the month you were born (sun sign – I’m Virgo), but also on how the planets and moon are positioned on the moment of your birth at the exact latitude and longitude where you were born. That narrows things a bit. I don’t read as much as I used to. But I know enough to know that I’m a Virgo with Capricorn ascending. 🙂

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