Monday, May 16, 2011

born under a bad sign

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
Garrison Keillor (b. 1942) writer, storyteller and radio host

this past friday - which happened to be friday the 13th, often considered an 'unlucky' day, f and i lucked out when it came to picking a restaurant. we were going to parma, ohio for an evening comedy show/fundraiser at the parma vfw hall. i thought it would be easiest if we just ate dinner somewhere near the venue. picking a place to eat in a town you don't know anything about is a risky proposition, especially if you don't have time to do any preliminary investigation. parma isn't renown for it's fine dining so the odds of finding a really outstanding restaurant were quite low. but we hit pay dirt when we selected charm thai.

the food at charm was delicious and the decor was a feast for the eyes. not surprising given it's name, luck appeared to be a theme inside the restaurant.

always on the lookout for additions to my ongoing finding buddha series, charm had a few lovely contributions. i was particularly captivated by the little shrine near the cash register - which i learned from a woman connected with the restaurant was some sort of lucky altar. she started explaining the meaning and significance of all the items, but unfortunately we had to leave to make the show. but that's good luck for me as now i have an excuse to return - as i really want to know the significance of all the toys and other various objects around the twin buddhas...and in addition to red is pink also supposed to be a lucky color?

when it comes to luck, for the most part i subscribe to the belief that we make our own luck. then again it was dumb luck stumbling upon a such great place to eat in parma, ohio, so maybe there's something to it - after all one of the most enduring and universals when it comes to human belief systems is the idea of luck and fate......


born under a bad sign written by william bell and booker t jones in the 1960s, the song was first recorded and released by albert king (1967). this now classic song has been covered by an incredible slew of artists -including jimi hendrix, etta james, eric clapton, rita coolidge, bb king and john lee hooker - well, geez, just about anyone who knows their way around the blues and the guitar has covered it! i love jimi's version, it's long on guitar and short on lyrics, but for today here's albert.



5 comments:

Tess Kincaid said...

Adding Charm Thai on my places to eat. Yum. Love Garrison Keillor. Glad your Friday the 13th was a lucky one.

Daisy said...

Some of the Chinese restaurants in my town have similar shrines. I'll have to ask about the somewhat quirkey additions - like the M&M toy.

Now I'm hungry!

Betty C. said...

I'm not dyslexic, but I must say that " f and i lucked out" is not to be read after a long day at work...

Roy said...

Ah, I've always loved "Born Under a Bad Sign"! I first heard Cream's version, and soon after I heard Albert King sing it. The line "If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have no luck at all" passed into our standard American lexicon decades ago.

Megan said...

A friend of mine has his mother living with him and she has a marvelous altar - there are all KINDS of things on it - but since I don't speak Chinese I can't ask her what they all mean. And he has NO idea!