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Thursday, August 11, 2011

"What's my fortune, cookie..?" Michael A. Herr' (Aloha Friday's)

Guest blogger and Renowned author Michael Herr  is back for another fun filled Aloha Friday talking about  superstitious fortune cookies. If you enjoy fortune cookies, you'll enjoy Michael's Blog!  Don't forget to check out Michael's website at; http://www.michaelherr.com/    I  just finished Michael's 4Th book, " "The old Queens treasure," and will embark on book 5 "The old Queens Guardians someday today...

ALOHA FRIDAY
What's my Fortune, cookie?

Whether or not you put any degree of belief in them, fortune cookies are fun.

Back when I was a kid they were less sophisticated. More spelling mistakes. More inscrutable. Like "While you are reading this . . . ." What? Is someone sneaking up behind me with a knife? What did the left out part of my fortune say?

When I was really young I couldn't figure out how they got these things printed, or how they managed to fit them into the fortune cookie. I pictured some guy, dressed like our Chinese waiter, pecking away at a very tiny typewriter that held these miniature slips of paper. And then I pictured him sliding the newly-typed fortune in through one end of the cookie. Tough job.

I don't like eating fortune cookies. They seem rather bland to me. But I love reading the fortunes. If there's a group of us eating at a Chinese restaurant and the waiter brings a plate of fortune cookies, I open any of the extra ones (or the ones others choose not to take). When I bring home takeout there are usually a couple of extra fortune cookies in the bag. I save those and open one of them each morning for the next couple of days. It's an interesting way to start the day, sometimes.

My wife and I used to host New Year's Eve parties. I always went out and bought a batch of 'naughty' fortune cookies. You know, the kind that says things like "Man who go around with hand in pocket always feel a little cocky". They're much funnier when it's almost midnight and you've had several drinks.

Here's a few samples for you to enjoy:

Humorous fortunes
  • The greatest danger could be your stupidity.
  • He who laughs last is laughing at you.
  • A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
  • Love is grand; divorce is a hundred grand.
  • Oops...wrong cookie!
Romantic thoughts
  • Love is for the lucky and the brave.
  • One who admires you greatly is hidden before your eyes.
  • To love is to forgive.
  • Love conquers all.
  • In the end, there are three things that last: faith, hope and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Inspirational messages
  • Excitement and intrigue follow you closely wherever you go!
  • Don't ask, don't say. Everything lies in silence.
  • Nature, time and patience are the three best physicians.
  • Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.
  • Common sense is instinct, and enough of it is genius.
  • Never lose the ability to find beauty in ordinary things.

I tape favorite fortune cookie messages to the front of my computer monitor. These are some of my favorites:

    • Nothing can keep you from reaching your goals. Do it!
    • You will obtain your goal if you maintain your course.
    • You have a charming way with words and should write a book.
(got that one twice over the course of several months)

And my absolutely most favorite (for now):
  • We must always have old memories and young hopes.
Have a great Aloha Friday.


8 comments:

Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook;" OK, this was really funny!
Makes me want a cookie now."

Davis Danizier said...

via Facebook;" I had a fortune cookie about an hour ago, and now I'm craving another one."

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Davis , I saw you had some fun on the TGI comments board. I don't comment much anymore but wrote a LTE in reply to Mr. Beeksma's letter, let's see if it gets published. I didn'y even mention the G-d stuff, oh heck I will give you a sneak peak, here it is;Mark Beeksma's recent LTE of 08-11-11, titled,"Small business and liberty, basically talks about becoming more independent from government with the likes of installing solar panels, growing your own food and becoming a small business owner.

Mark states," buy an electric car and purchase photovoltaic cells for your roof or garage. From now on, you can get your fuel free from the sun. The big oil companies have one less customer. The big government doesn't get to tax your gasoline purchases or tax the high income that you need to earn in order to afford to buy gasoline."

In theory Mark is correct and in a perfect world that would be true, however in government if something can be taxed it will be taxed. Many things that were once free now have taxes and fees attached to them. Look no further than our neighbor island of Oahu, where parking your car can cost $200-600 a month, and to go hiking on many nature trails they now charge a fee.

Maybe big government won't get to tax our gasoline since we are using electric cars, but somehow, someway , some politician somewhere will introduce a bill to tax the sun, the rain and even the air we breath.

Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;"Douglas wrote: "Well Dave may have his differences on the G-d stuff (and I would certainly concur), but as one who already has the solar panels and is (not so patiently) awaiting delivery of the electric car, I can certainly agree on that point!"

Davis (3-D) Danizier said...

via Facebook;"Davis D. wrote: "Certainly my TGI comments zeroed in on points of difference. I certainly would agree on the energy from Apollo and the idea of electric cars. Hope the pioneers like Doug pave the way so they become more practical and affordable for more people, sooner rather than later."

James Kimo Rosen said...

Note, this should actually be the number 3 comment, just so if you are reading comments...

Davis , I saw you had some fun on the TGI comments board. I don't comment much anymore but wrote a LTE in reply to Mr. Beeksma's letter, let's see if it gets published. I didn'y even mention the G-d stuff, oh heck I will give you a sneak pe...ak, here it is;Mark Beeksma's recent LTE of 08-11-11, titled,"Small business and liberty, basically talks about becoming more independent from government with the likes of installing solar panels, growing your own food and becoming a small business owner.

Mark states," buy an electric car and purchase photovoltaic cells for your roof or garage. From now on, you can get your fuel free from the sun. The big oil companies have one less customer. The big government doesn't get to tax your gasoline purchases or tax the high income that you need to earn in order to afford to buy gasoline."

In theory Mark is correct and in a perfect world that would be true, however in government if something can be taxed it will be taxed. Many things that were once free now have taxes and fees attached to them. Look no further than our neighbor island of Oahu, where parking your car can cost $200-600 a month, and to go hiking on many nature trails they now charge a fee.

Maybe big government won't get to tax our gasoline since we are using electric cars, but somehow, someway , some politician somewhere will introduce a bill to tax the sun, the rain and even the air we breath.See More

Harmony said...

via Facebook;" It's unfortunate you don't like the fortune cookies, Michael,since you like the fortunes so much! I made home made ones once from a recipe. Of course I had to make the fortunes too. Fortunately, the fortunes are usually good."

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