In Chinese culture, 2007 is the year of the pig.
The Chinese lunar calendar follows five 12-year cycles. A different animal represents each of the 12 years. Chinese legend has it that Buddha invited all the animals of the Earth to visit him on New Year's Day, and when only 12 arrived, each was awarded a year of its own. It is now believed that those born during a certain animal's year have the qualities associated with that animal.
Which would make me a pig. Hmmm
According to information posted on Wikipedia (source of all knowledge on the internet) us pigs are usually honest, straightforward and patient. We are modest and shy and we prefer to work quietly behind the scenes. When others despair, we are often there to offer support. We are reserved with those we do not know too well, but as time passes and we gain confidence, those around us may discover a lively and warm-hearted person behind that mask of aloofness. Despite having a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, we have few close friends who understand us and share our inner thoughts and feelings. It is easy to put trust in us; we won't let you down and will never even attempt to do so. Pigs want to do everything right according to social norms.
There is a tolerant and peaceful side to our character. We are never afraid to allow others their freedom of expression; we do not seek to cause arguments and if there is any way to avoid arguing, we will probably take this option. We are not weak, however, and if the situation forces us to fight, we will rise to the occasion, whether it is to defend ourselves or those close to us. People of the Pig type are the most admired by others.
That's better :-)