|By Tom Sloper (湯姆 斯洛珀)
February 4, The Year Of The Rooster (2017)
It's almost Chinese New Year (Feb. 16, 2018). So here, per tradition, is my special hand for the Year of the Dog. It's a 2018 with two kongs, and a pair, of dragons.
It's 2018, of course, but then we have "D-O-G." D for Dragons, 0 for soaps, and G for Greens. The year of the D-O-G. Eh? Eh? (^_^) In American card notation:
See the parenthetical; I hope that my necessarily terse wording suffices to indicate that the 2018 does not have to match a kong, and does not have to match the pair, and the pair doesn't have to be soap/zero. The hand could be made these ways as well:
Another way to look at it: two dragon kongs and a dragon pair in any suit, plus a 2018 in any suit.
Now how about some Chinese astrology stuff (for entertainment only)! Know your sign?
Rat - 2018 should be a good year for Rats to rest and recharge. Break the ice to achieve success.
Ox - 2018 will require patience; resist that Ox tendency to stubbornness.
Tiger - this should be a year for giving and receiving second chances. Communication skills can lead to success for Tigers.
Rabbit - with use of good communication skills, the Year of the Dog should be a good year for Rabbits, in love and business both.
Dragon - Not the smoothest year ahead; Dragons should reassess love and finances both in 2018.
Snake - 2018 should be a good year for Snakes!
Horse - a good time to reconcile yourself with abandoned dreams. Watch your temper.
Ram/Sheep/Goat - work on self-reliance and saying "no" in order to minimize the rough times ahead.
Monkey - this would be a good time to reflect on past mistakes, and put aside attendant emotional baggage.
Rooster - a good year to start new projects. Go for the gusto!
Dog - past losses are behind you, but challenges are ahead. Still, don't be afraid to reach for the stars!
Pig - keep a cool head and save money in 2018.
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