My Year, Baby!

on Friday, January 22, 2010

THE TIGER-SQUIRREL


Princeton's Mascot


It's finally here! My year, baby! On February 14th, the day of lovers (Grrrrr!), the Chinese Lunar Calender roars into the Year of the Tiger. This should tell you just how old I am because I was born in the Year of the Tiger and the Chinese Lunar calender follows a 12 year zodiac cycle.

So Just How Old is the "Grey" Squirrel?
a) Older than the Pyramids
b) Sweet 16
c) 36
d) 48
e) 60
(answers given at the end of the post)

Not only that, this is the first Year of the Tiger for the 21st Century and as a result, nations around the world are also observing 2010 as the Year of the Tiger; a year to push forward with the conservation and protection of the world's remaining 3,200 wild tigers.

So this is my year times two. My year! My year! This year's all mine. If any of you lesser mortals want to use this year for something like going on holidays, getting married or watching Olympics or World Cup football, you will have to ask us Tigers for permission. ........no, seriously. Permission. You may write to me for the appropriate application forms. Permission will not be unreasonably withheld but a little bribe will go a long way towards speeding up the application process. Hint.

Thanks to a number of fellow bloggers and especially SquirrelMama, I came to learn that yesterday, January 21st, was Squirrel Appreciation Day. Wow, a special day for my squirrel alter ego right in the midst of my double Tiger year. Looks like everything is coming up daisies and daffodils. So what did you do yesterday to show your appreciation of squirrels? Don't worry if you did not do anything. It is not too late to make amends. Like any major religious holiday, Squirrel Appreciation Day have some traditions to help you celebrate the day. Here are some suggestions;

1. Bird proof all your bird feeders and leave it to the squirrels.
2. Give out specially knitted woolly jumpers for squirrels on account of the unusually cold winter.
3. De-claw and de-fang your cats.
4. Spend at least a tenth of your grocery monies on nuts for your squirrel friends.
5. Leave everything in your will to the Lone Grey Squirrel Charitable Fund for World Domination.
6. Vote for Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel to win the Oscar.
7. Petition for Lone Grey Squirrel to win a Nobel Prize.

I hope these suggestions have been helpful. If you do some of these, I might consider sharing my year with you.

Here are the answers to the quiz above. If you answered;

a) Why you evil and vile creature! I banish you from this year.

b) That is too deluded even for me and you're not very good at maths, are you?

c) I like you.

d) MUST you always be right!

e) Be warned! Squirrels will pelt you with nuts as you walk by.

Disclaimer: If this year turns out to be a terrible year, I blame Climate Change ........and Avatar! Nothing has been the same since Avatar. If God intended us to watch movies in 3D, we would have been born with 3D glasses.

20 comments:

Joyce's Ramblings said...

What's that old line "Old enough to know better but too young to resist"? Have a great year,

secret agent woman said...

48! Me, too! It's also my year, baby!

cabcree said...

well...I was going to go with a, but I guess I should settle with d. :)

Kathryn said...

Thanks for the smile. Our squirrels don't look quite like that, but it is sure an interesting image.

Happy BD! (I think i'm a year older, but i've no idea what animal i was born in/at/with?)

VioletSky said...

your alter squirrel is adorable.
I worship at your altar of adorableness.
now, may I please watch the World Cup Soccer and choose the winner?
and may we please have snow for the Olympics?

The Mindful Merchant said...

Year of the Tiger sounds very auspicious. We were not able to honour any squirrels yesterday...they are all hibernating in our part of the woods. Our resident squirrel “Clever” knocks on the door to let us know she wants some peanuts. When we are out of nuts she hops on the window ledge and stares us down...hence the name. We treat black squirrels well here in Ottawa.  Laura

The Mindful Merchant said...

p.s. I rarely see grey or red squirrels here...

Marja said...

I was born in the year of the Ox That was last year. There are no squirrels in NZ so I will put a poster of you on the wall Is that good enough. The Netherlands and New Zealand are playing both in the cup
so its going to be interesting Not much hope for the rest of the world

Molly said...

So that's why squirrels are so pushy this year! The Bean has reported being accosted by some of your brethren en route to classes. Seeing his cup of coffee and granola bar---such a lazy, hasty breakfast!--they have blocked his way, demanding that, in order to be allowed to proceed, and make it on time to class, he must share the goodies!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Joyce,
Thanks. Of course, I'll share the year with you. :)

Secret agent woman,
Really! That's great! It's about time we have our year!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

cabcree,
Don't you love these multiple choice questions? You have chosen wisely.

Kathryn,
That would make you a rabbit!

Violetsky,
Haha! Yes, it is a funny thing about the snow! Now you know that we have the power! Bwahahaha! (evil laughter of mad scientist).

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Laura,
Greetings. I used to live in Ottawa for a brief 3 but wonderful years and we had a squirrel come a knocking on our windows too. Actually, your black squirrels are officially eastern grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). There are always a mix of black and greys in the population but for some reason, there are more of the black variety in Canada and more of the grey variety in the USA.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Marja,
Congrats to NZ for making it to the World Cup but winning it? Not likely. But I will cheer for the NZ team cause I hate supporting the favorites!

Molly,
I apologise on behalf of all grey squirrels for those thugs that ambushed your Bean. What can I say? I blame the high crime rate in Florida.

Jo said...

I won't tell you what Year I was born in, because then you will discover that I am 112 years old. I do love Chinese New Year, though, and all that wonderful food...!

Your birthday is two days after the opening of the Winter Olympics here in Vancouver. Now, if only we had some snow. The tulips are blooming...!

geewits said...

I love that tiger squirrel pic! So I've been 48 since last April and didn't even realize it was my year (Ox). And now it's almost over. Oh well, I'll get another one when I'm 60.

the walking man said...

Odd I would have thought you to have been born in the year of the squirrel. But yes I too would have given 48 as your age to old to be young to young to be grumpy.

On a limb with Claudia said...

I love the tiger squirrel! He's lovely.

It's a Metal Tiger this year. I don't have any idea what that means to me but the entire year is supposed to be lucky.

I hope it brings you luck!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Jo,
Now why would you want snow when you can have tulips?

geewits,
just another 12 years to go and you can have your year and order us around.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Mark,
I felt too old after I turned 20 and could no longer call myself a teenager. The closest thing to squirrel is the year of the rat but my rodent cousins don't like to share.

Claudia,
May good fortune be for both of us.

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