Last found/checked: 21-FEB-10
Location: A Muskego conservation area off of Henneberry Drive, approximately 1/2 mile west of Hwy Y.
Time: Approximately 60-90 minutes depending on season & trail conditions
Terrain: Snowy, fairly level trail (in other seasons, I’m guessing grassy & dirt trail)
Around the globe, the Chinese New Year celebrations will take place based on February 14th 2010, which is the start of the Lunar New Year. Preparations for the New Year often begin during the last month of the lunar year. It is an auspicious occasion, and great detail is taken in its readiness. The home must be cleaned thoroughly. The past year's dirt is swept away, and clutter is straightened out. This is done so that negative aspects of the past year are not brought forward to the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, family members must return to the parent's home for a special meal together. Various foods are prepared and eaten because of their symbolic significances. The food must be abundant, and there must be some left over at the end of the meal. The New Year will therefore start with plenty. It is hoped that there then will be abundance throughout the year.
In Chinese Astrology there are five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and twelve animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig) forming a complete cycle of sixty. This means there are five different types of Tiger years: wood tiger, fire tiger, earth tiger, metal tiger and water tiger. 2010 is a Metal Tiger year.
People born under the sign of the Tiger tend to have very go-ahead personalities; they love to be the centre of attention and are often very fortunate and full of drive. Although they are often skeptical by nature they can make rash decisions, but above all they are loving, giving, and genuine. They tend to immerse themselves in any of their undertakings and while full of optimism they are not materialistic. Intensity as opposed to logical best describes a Tiger person. At their worst they are stubborn, self-centered and awkward, but on the plus side they can also be sensitive and sympathetic. They will go to great lengths to reap their revenge and detest being ignored. As a tiger, life will be filled with just about every emotion and very volatile; and being great optimists, life will also be full of many challenges.
General Tiger characteristics: Strong, noble, aggressive, independent and courageous. Tigers tend to be selfish and short tempered. They can also be unpredictable and emotional, but quite fearless when standing up for themselves or others.
Traits for specific Tiger years:
FIRE - Feb 13, 1926 to Feb 1, 1927 and Feb 9, 1986 to Jan 28, 1987 Traits: dramatic, self-reliant, giving, motivated by enthusiasm and is quirky.
WOOD - Jan 26, 1914 to Feb, 13 1915 and Jan 23, 1974 to Feb 10, 1975 Traits: enchanting, pioneering, scheming, motivated by co-operation and is tolerant.
EARTH – Jan 31, 1938 to Feb 18, 1939 and Jan 28, 1998 to Feb 5, 1999 Traits: hard working, academic, motivated by worth, is impartial and responsible.
METAL – Feb 17, 1950 to Feb 5, 1951 and Feb 14, 2010 to Feb 2, 2011 Traits: aggressive, attractive, diligent, motivated by self interest and selfish.
WATER - Feb 8, 1902 to Jan 28, 1903 and Feb 5, 1962 to Jan 24, 1963 Traits: perceptive, motivated by tranquility, is unbiased, open minded and honest.
The noble Tiger padded softly from the parking lot through the gap in the west fence. He soon spotted some bluebirds which he believed to be a good omen for his hunt. When he saw a map he remained on a western heading and majestically traveled straight through another intersection. He felt fortunate to find a signpost about nests, and diligently counted the number of eggs ____. Next he courageously entered a wooded area where he found another sign that would assist him. He noted the number of wildflowers ___ and then enthusiastically continued on until he reached a hiker symbol. As he turned right, he wondered why there were no signs or symbols about him in this park. Tigers are the largest living cat and deserve much honor. When confronted with another decision, he impulsively decided to head left. He knew that tigers can live in almost any climate. They need only shade, water and prey and can be found in the hot rain forest of Malaya, the dark thorny woods of India, and the cold, snowy, spruce forest of Manchuria. They also live in oak woods, tall grassland, swamps, and marshes. This seemed to be an area that fit some of these descriptions. He began to grow a bit angry that he was being ignored and grew impatient with all these signs about wetlands. After seeing one that asked why wetlands were valuable, he fearlessly began to run through this territory, not stopping until he reached the next sign. Here he perceptively recognized that he was near his prey. He quickly squared the number of wildflowers ____, multiplied the eggs by 4 ____, and added these two number together _____. He began to stalk forward on this bearing until he reached the junction of two fallen ones. He aggressively pounced, then settled into a back corner supported by a “chopstick” and covered with bark. Here he hopes to be the center of attention in his special year. It should be safe to approach him, but please be sure to return his support and covering before you depart. You can choose your own trails to return to your vehicle, using the various trail map signposts as your guide.
In honor of the Tiger, you may want to start/end your search with a meal at the nearby King’s Wok (approximately 2 miles north on Racine Avenue just past the intersection with Janesville Road).
"Kung Hei Fat Choi!" (Cantonese for "Congratulations and be prosperous!")
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