It's the year of the Rat according to the Chinese calendar just as it was many moons ago in 1960 on the day I was born. Rats are ambitious but honest, prone to spend freely. Seldom make lasting friendships. They are most compatible with Dragons and Monkeys and least with horses ( good thing my husband is a Dog) .
Chinese fortune tellers predict financial and political rumblings, tsunamis and epidemics in the year ahead.
The reason, they say, is that water and earth — two of the five elements Chinese mystics believe are at the root of all things — are in conflict in 2008.
The Hotels and resorts in Vegas do it up big for the New Year to impress their Chinese big spenders ( although they call them whales, but I don't know if whales and rats get along) . The Bellagio conservatory puts on a spectacular floral display complete with a six foot tall rat.
To all my fellow rats out there - here's hoping no one moves your cheese in 2008 !!!