Lucky Dollar

"Your luck will soon be at a high point." When is a dollar worth more than a dollar? This lucky bill was given to me by a family friend. Look closely at the serial number. Do you see the row of 8's? Since the Chinese for "eight" sounds like the word for "wealth," people think it's quite lucky. These special dollar bills were snatched up by those looking for prosperity in their near future. Fun fact: Opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in China happened on 8/8/08 at 8 seconds and 8 … [Read more...]

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

"Luck will be yours when you least expect it." I had a tough time last week, so thanks for all the encouragement. You guys must have sent some good luck my way, too. Because what a difference a week makes! I've won not once, but twice over the past few days. That's right. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! This phrase originally comes from games of alley craps during the Great Depression. However, it's also referenced in the movie 21 because legend goes that an average Las Vegas win ($2) could … [Read more...]

A Little Bit of Luck

"Water can both sustain and sink a ship." -Chinese proverb Salt over the shoulder. Rabbit's foot. Water. The other day, people spilled water on me twice. It's good luck, my brother reassured me. I hope so. Otherwise, it's just more laundering for me. In Chinese, water signifies wealth. I haven't heard anything similar in America. I wondered what parallels I could discover between good luck charms across Eastern and Western cultures. Here's a chart of a few of my … [Read more...]