Monthly Archives: February 2012

Year of the Dragon and a forever stamp

2012 is the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese calendar. The Chinese zodiac has twelve animals, each assigned a year, unlike the European zodiac which is divided up by month. Each year is also assigned an elemental sign, from the traditional five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. 2012 happens to fall under the water sign, so those born in 2012 are water dragons.

The U.S. Postal Service, in honor of the Chinese New Year, issued a dragon stamp,

Year of the Dragon stamp, issued by the U.S. Postal Service

Year of the Dragon stamp, issued by the U.S. Postal Service. It is, appropriately, a Forever stamp.

Those born in the year of the dragon have red and violet as their colors, and are considered magnanimous, strong, self-assured, noble, intellectual, fiery, passionate, pioneering, and artistic. Of course, they are also tactless, tyrannical, intolerant, impetuous, and demanding.

Sounds about right.

Get your weather from U-Haul

Where do you get your weather information? Many get it directly from the National Weather Service, while others use the Weather Channel, or Weather Underground, or from the daily newspaper, or radio reports or television.

But U-Haul, apparently, is in the weather business, too. The side of this truck has some information on how the sun influences weather, and recommends the site for more information.

U-Haul, a weather service provider for the sun?

U-Haul apparently considers itself a weather service provider. This truck has some tidbits about solar weather, and recommends for more information. (iPhone photo by Lawrence I. Charters, and I'll have you know my car was stopped.)