Thanks for the birthday greetings! I have two birthdays in less than a week. Yesterday I turned 49 according to western counting, meaning I completed 49 years since my birth, and if it takes 7 years to regenerate every cell in a body I have now completed 7 such cycles.
According to the Chinese calendar my 50th birthday will occur on February 7th. I was born during the last few days of the year of the dog and all dogs from that year, the 1958-Brown-Earth-Dog-year, which lasted from February 4, 1958 until February 4th, 1959, celebrate their 50th birthday on the Chinese New Year Day, which falls on the 7th.
I wish us all a year of health, usefulness and happiness. No, wait, happiness is a choice… come to think of it, so is usefulness… well, I wish us health in hopes that in time we figure out how to be happy and useful! :)