For instance, if your birthday falls on 8/8/08, as mine auspiciously does, it would probably get the highest bid from someone in Asia. And by the time we (she) thought of it, I'm afraid it was getting on toward tomorrow in the east.
I know it would draw the highest bid in the east because once a woman from China nearly gave me heart failure when she checked my passport at JFK. She looked at it and gasped. And looked at me. And nodded. And smiled knowingly. And I was just sure she wasn't going to let me go on vacation. Then she said "8/8, very auspicious!" and gave me back my passport.
She said the number 8 had something to do with wealth. I didn't think much about it at the time as I was quite clearly not wealthy and she was quite clearly WRONG. But now I'm curious, so I look it up on Wikipedia and....
Oh dear, now I'm truly sad I didn't move on this:
Because of the supposed auspiciousness of certain numbers, some people will often choose, attempt to obtain, or pay large sums for numbers that are considered to be lucky for their phone numbers, street addresses, residence floor (in a multi-story building), driver's license number, vehicle license plate number, bank account number, etc.and specifically:
The word for "eight" (八，捌) in Chinese (Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth" (发 - short for "发财", Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for "eight" and "fortune" are also similar, eg Cantonese "baat" and "faat".
There is also a resemblance between two digits, "88", and the shuang xi ('double joy'), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 (xi, 'joy', 'happiness').
And I have to say, although I never wanted a tattoo (okay well there was that one time but I got over it) I would be tempted by this "double happiness" thingy. If I had that on me somewhere I would never forget my own birthday. Handy.
Maybe I will make it my profile picture. There. Just like a tattoo. A tattoo for sissies.
Which reminds me, it's my birthday.
It's my birthday!
That is why I'm sitting on the couch at 3am, waiting for the cards, cake and shiny trinkets to come rolling in. Hello shiny trinkets, I'm here!
In lieu of shiny trinkets, what I would really love is for you to say hello. From time to time it occurs to me that there may be someone besides my mother reading Trout Towers (either that or mom is posing as random strangers).
Are you reading? Will you say hello?
Happy auspicious day. May 1.12 million yuan appear in your coffee cup.