February 13, 2004

First Friday Five from Hamburg

It's those elusive morning hours when the internet works here. It only seems to work for me in the morning and at night, so I have to spend my days being more productive.

Since nothing has happened to me since I posted last night, I thought I'd do the Friday Five. Here we go:

1. Are you superstitious?
Kind of, but only about certain things. I think it's bad luck to talk about something you want as if you had it before you get it. I also have certain baseless pregnancy superstitions. But I think my biggest belief, which may or may not count as a superstition, is what goes around, comes around. That is, whatever you do to someone will be returned to you. I truly believe that and it gives me comfort when crappy things happen to me.

2. What extremes have you heard of someone going to in the name of superstition?
I can't think of any right off the top of my head, but I hate it when people use a superstition to avoid doing something. I think that it's just an excuse for being afraid and a cop-out. If you're chicken, admit it.

3. Believer or not, what's your favorite superstition?
Knock on wood. I don't really believe in it, but I do it compulsively. You know, just in case.

4. Do you believe in luck? If yes, do you have a lucky number/article of clothing/ritual?
I do think that some people are luckier than others. Like my grandma Siok for instance. She has this uncanny ability to win things. Whenever there's a door prize or raffle, she's going to win something, whereas I rarely do. My mom has some of that luck as well. I don't know what's behind it but it works for them. I consider 15 to be my lucky number even though it's never put out for me anytime I can think of. I don't really have a lucky article of clothing or a ritual.

5. Do you believe in astrology? Why or why not?
No, I think it's ridiculous. I think astrology is the complete bottom of the barrel in psychic phenomenon. If you look at it closely, every prediction or explanation is so general it could count for anyone. Of course, I feel the same way about the Meyers-Briggs test too. I think the biggest debunker for me is the way that Leos are supposed to act. Well my brother, dad, and best childhood friend are Leos and none of them act that way at all.

Oh duh, it just occurred to me why there are all of these questions about superstitions--it's Friday the 13th!

Posted by Shelby at February 13, 2004 12:12 PM