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Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007

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Don't be a bore, go whole hog in 2007


Akemashite oink-oink! Happy Year of the Inoshishi, or wild boar. Hopefully, your 2007 will not be a wild bore, however.

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HAVE A pig-out year! AMY CHAVEZ PHOTO

No, to the contrary you should not be dogged by this past year, but instead go whole hog and enjoy the good things the Year of the Pig will bring.

Your year is the wild boar if you were born in 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007. As a wild boar, you are much admired by others. Boars are honest, patient, and trustworthy people who give support to their friends in need. In addition, you love nature and the countryside. Should you plan on building a house this year, however, here is some advice.

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs: Warthog, Razorback, and Babi Rusa. The three little pigs were growing big and rotund, so their mother said, "You are too big to live here in this city mansion any longer. Go into the countryside and build houses for yourselves," she said. "But take care that the Big Bad Wolf does not catch you," she reminded them, as relations between the two families had soured over the years, forcing the pigs to move to the city.

The first little piggy, Warthog, went to the market. "I will build a strong house," he said, so he robbed his piggy bank and bought some straw tatami mats. He readied a plot in the countryside and quickly went to work building. He covered the floors with tatami mats and filled in the walls with mud and built a straw roof.

The next little piggy, Razorback, stayed home. I will never move from my mother's house, he said. Instead, I will build a second home where I can spend weekends sowing my wild oats with my friends. He went to the bank, got a loan and went to work on his besso, or second home. He quickly tired of building it himself though so he had a building company come in and build his house for him. This company was called Aneha.

The next little piggy, Babi Rusa had roast beef. His neighbor had none. He took over the roast beef to the neighbor's house and his neighbor in return told him about a plot of land in the countryside where he could build a house. Babi Rusa decided to build a traditional Japanese house with large sturdy roof beams and ceramic roof tiles.

He borrowed a small amount of money from his mother's piggy bank, wrote her an IOU, and picked up as many materials as possible secondhand. He readied his plot, had a Shinto priest bless it, and quickly went to work building. When the walls were finished, he had a mochi-nage ceremony and the whole neighborhood enjoyed eating rice cakes. Babi Rusa had built a very strong house.

The Big Bad Wolf was watching all this from not far away. One day, when he was really hungry, he came up to Warthog's house and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me in."

"Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin," said Warthog. "Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in," said the wolf. He huffed and he puffed, and that night the wolf ate tonkatsu for dinner.

The next day the wolf was hungry again. He came up to Razorback's house and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me in." "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin," said Razorback who was drinking sake and having a party with his friends. "Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in," said the wolf. He huffed and he puffed, and that night the wolf ate several portions of butadon for dinner.

The next day the wolf was hungry again. He came up to Babi Rusa's house and said, "Little pig, little pig, let me in."

"Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin," said Babi

Rusa. "Then I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in," said the wolf. He huffed and he puffed and he huffed and he puffed, but he could not blow the house in.

Just then, Babi Rusa came out of his house with a large samurai sword in hand. He chased after the Big Bad Wolf who yelled wee-wee-wee all the way home.



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