Don’t clip your fingernails at night or your parents will die. Don’t spill your beverage or a drunk man will show up at your door. Throw beans around your house on the last day of winter to drive out the devils. Jam your chopsticks upright into your food only at your own peril. To counter a bad case of nerves, simply draw the character for “person” on the palm of your hand and pretend to eat him. Avoid the numbers four and nine unless you’re into suffering and death.

These are some things I’ve learned here, some things to keep in mind. Though I don’t much mind a drunkard showing up at my door. It’s usually just a friend.

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