Preparing for the Year of the Pig

As we ring in 2007 according to the 425-year old Gregorian calendar, let's not forget that February 18 marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Entering 4705, we will find ourselves in the Year of the Pig. Some might argue that this marks the cable industry's astrological sweet spot.

In China, the pig is not a symbol of gluttony or stupidity; instead it represents fertility and virility. At least, that's what our friends at Wikipedia say.

We are reminded that:

The Pig type is usually an honest, straightforward, and patient person. He/she is a modest, shy character who prefers to work quietly behind the scenes ... It is easy to put trust in the pig type; he/she won't let you down and will never even attempt to do so. Such people simply want to do everything right according to social norms ... It is important to remember that these people are not vengeful creatures. If someone tries to take advantage of him/her, the pig type tends to withdraw to reflect on the problem and protect themselves. All they need in such situations is a little time to find a constructive way to respond. The people of the pig type are conservative creatures of habit. They dislike being made to travel too far from familiar surroundings ... There is a tolerant and peaceful side to their character. Such people are never afraid to allow others their freedom of expression; they do not want to cause arguments and if there is any way to avoid arguing, they will probably take this option.

That sounds just like the average cabler, no?

Some members of the Pig clan: Alfred Hitchcock, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, David Letterman, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Ruby, and Lucille Ball.

— Michael Harris, Chief Analyst, Cable Digital News

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