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Sunday, May 16, 2021

This is it — the 15th and final installment of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. My store-bought box of fortune cookies is empty, and the final cellophane-wrapped treat from it produced this parting shot, on aging:

The older the crab, the tougher his claw.

As I approach my 40s (still a year-plus away, thankfully), this observation certainly seems apt. I’m unquestionably more ornery than I used to be. The crabbiness, though, has been a personality feature since childhood.

And so ends this little content-generating diversion. I could always pick up another box of cookies, and/or eat Chinese takeout every day, and thus keep this string going. But no. This lark ends here. I’m only a little disappointed that none of the cookies didn’t wind up flawed — with two or three fortune slips, or empty, or with some foreign object inside. Those results would have made for nice curveball-type photos on the Flickr set.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/16/2010 11:25am
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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Reaching into my store-bought box of fortune cookies, I find that I’m down to the last two entries for “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. Here’s No. 15 — the next-to-last one — which tells us that thoroughness is the better part of vigilance:

A cautious person leaves no stones unturned.

No caution involved, but we’ll see what turns up in the final fortune tomorrow.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/15/2010 10:16am
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Friday, May 14, 2021

The thirteenth cookie is cracked in “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. You’d think that that would portend an unlucky result, namely in the form of an ominous fortune.

Alas, the fortune-cookie culture doesn’t appear to be superstitious (outside of the basic premise behind a psychic slip of paper). Instead of gloom and doom, today’s fortune promotes problem-solving through aesthetics:

A beautiful person is with you, confide your problems.

So, beauty should inspire you to unburden yourself? Not sure the beautiful people would appreciate being a default emotional dumping ground. And are we to infer that ugly folks are unsatisfactory recipients of soul-baring info? This cookie guide to interpersonal relations confounds me.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/14/2010 06:50pm
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Thursday, May 13, 2021

We’ve reached an even dozen in “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. So figure that it’s time for some contriteness:

“The best way to have the last word is to apologize.”

Level-headed advice for settling accounts. In lieu of apology, you could also opt for a curse word or two as your closing argument. I’ve found that to be an emphatic parting shot, even if true closure is elusive. But let’s face it — if you want closure, best bet is to partake of your fortune cookie after a meal.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/13/2010 11:43pm
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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The eleventh cookie in “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr advises us to get ready, take aim, and fire — with love!

To love deeply in one direction makes us loving in all others.

A nice sentiment from this fortune. Although the notion of omnidirectional good vibes makes me cringe a little.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/12/2021 09:32pm
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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

I must confess that the latest pearl of wisdom from “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr has left me puzzled:

A clever crow will always paint its feather black.

Not sure what Cookie Number 10 is trying to get across here. Crows are naturally black-feathered, right? Is there some allusion to crows as master camouflagers — a trait I’m not aware of in these birds? Or is this an exhortation to expose your true colors? It’s just not clear.

I don’t think a fortune cookie should leave you with confusion. It’s a nice change of pace from the bland platitudes contained within the previous cookies out of this box, but still. I’ll endeavour to not let the muddled message prey on my mind before the next cookie crumbles.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/11/2021 10:23pm
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Monday, May 10, 2021

Fortune No. 9 from “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr attempts to frame the intellect against its manifestations:

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

It’s all highly subjective. The creative mind isn’t of much use unless it’s fueled by information, and vice versa. As long as you exhibit some mental nimbleness, you’re doing okay. And you could do worse than getting inspired by slips of paper that are extracted from crispy-cookie shells.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/10/2021 09:24pm
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Sunday, May 09, 2021

Day Eight of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr, and a rather banal one at that:

The only thing we know for sure about future developments is that they will develop.

Weak. After a promising start, the box o’ cookies has been serving up some unimaginative fortune-tripe. Let’s hope the rest of the contents deliver something more inspiring.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/09/2021 12:25pm
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Saturday, May 08, 2021

It’s Saturday, and it’s time for the seventh fortune from “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr:

The best prophet of the future is the past.

Looking back to look forward, knowing history to avoid the doom of repeating it, and all that. Looking back at this blog category, I see this marks the first full week of fortune-cookie fun. Judging from the box, I’d say there’s about another week’s worth of cookies to go.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/08/2021 02:15pm
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Friday, May 07, 2021

And on the sixth day of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr, we get this commercial message:

“The food here taste so good, even a cave man likes it.”

What the hell, fortune-makers? I don’t need a GEICO tagline to intrude upon my Chinese dining experience. And a poorly-worded one at that: “taste so good” and “cave man” indicate lax grammar at the food factory. Overall a shoddy experience after the cookie-crack.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 05/07/2021 06:06pm
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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Day Five of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr contains lofty expectations:

Your eyes will be opened to a world full of beauty, charm, and adventure.

Afraid the cookie did not match the day. I certainly spied a lot of beautiful sights, but all of the superficial kind — nothing I don’t see most of the time anyway, so nothing too remarkable. As for charm and adventure, they pointedly avoided my gaze on this Thursday. Not to get too deep into a kvetch, but: If I had decided to start throwing wild, random punches into the air today, anyone wandering into the receiving end of those blows was bound to deserve it, because it seems like every asshole in the tri-state area crossed my path.

Anyway. You’ll notice that the Flickr photo reveals a torn-in-two fortune paper. Occupational hazard, wholly unintentional. I’ll have to take more care of the cracked-cookie yields in the future, to avoid shredding my daily dose of wisdom.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 05/06/2021 10:40pm
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Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The fourth edition of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr is something of a downer, simply because it sounds like a business-motivational screed:

A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.

Feh. I’ve got nothing against setting goals, but why disparage dreaming just for dreaming’s sake? Not every thought that passes through your mind needs to be an actionable item, to be structured to the nth degree. Besides, I’m not about to consult a cookie for career advice.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/05/2021 10:19pm
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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

This third day of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr brings us a meditation on deed and consequence:

The axe soon forgets, but the tree always remembers.

The expediency of the chopper versus the experience of the chopped. Action leaves a mark! Much like the crumbs and cellophane wrapper that remained, after I devoured today’s message-bearing morsel.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 05/04/2021 09:55pm
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Monday, May 03, 2021

Day Two of “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune” project on Flickr. Consistency already! It should be smooth sailing from here on out.

Here’s the fortune photo, and here’s the fortune itself:

The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one other person.

So, a feel-good fortune this time out. I’ve got nothing against affirmation, but I really hope the rest of the cookies in my store-bought box keep the schmaltziness to a minimum.

This fortune strikes me as reminiscent of this quote from “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” by psychoanalytical pioneer Carl Jung:

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

I’d say there’s a certain level of magic involved in staving off the void that is “mere being”. The cookie and Jung are spiritually in accord.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 05/03/2021 09:34pm
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Sunday, May 02, 2021

While grocery shopping today, I came across a box of fortune cookies. I grabbed them.

When I got home, I ripped open the box, and promptly unwrapped and cracked my first cookie. The fortune within read:

Today brings out the performer and humanitarian in you.

And here’s the photographic proof. For no particular reason, I’ve decided to take a cameraphone picture of each fortune slip that comes out of those cookies, which come out of that box. I aim to do one per day, and assemble the photos on a Flickr set called “The Daily Fortune Cookie Fortune”. I’ll also transcribe the fortune messages there, as well as record them here in a daily blog post. (I just pray that the box doesn’t contain a dreaded empty fortune cookie.)

We’ll see where this leads. I can tell you right off the bat that today’s cookie was, unsurprisingly, not even remotely accurate. Unless you consider sunbathing to be performance art, and helping a cousin locate her lost housekeys to be an act of humanitarianism. A real stretch in both cases.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/02/2021 08:49pm
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