It Could be a Baaa-aaa-aaa-aad year
January 6, 2015 § 2 Comments
Welcome to 2015: the Year of the Sheep. It comes after the Year of the Horse (2014) and before the Year of the Monkey (2016). Actually, the Year of the sheep does not begin until some time in February, by our western calendar.
But it would be unwise to wait until February to reflect on what lies ahead in this ovine year.
After all, 2015 is a state-wide election year. Yes, the Year of the Sheep is an election year. That would seem not to bode too well for the electorate. Sheep are exploited for profit by their masters. They are shorn and flocked. Sheep are also relatively mindless, easily herded, and produce wool that can be pulled over their eyes. They appear contented almost all the time, which makes their shepherds’ job easier and less stressful.
Fortunately, many of us who have to live through the Year of the Sheep choose not to be sheep-like. That does make it harder on our shepherds, but, honestly, it doesn’t have much effect on the outcome.
When gambling was first approved on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a grizzled, old professional gambler was interviewed by the Clarion-Ledger, and was asked how he could continue to thrive in his profession when everyone knew how successful he was. He replied, “You can shear a sheep many times, but you can only skin it once.”
Try not to ‘get skint’ in the Year of the Sheep. And try not to have the wool pulled over your eyes.