|音読み: セイ, ショウ
訓読み: ほし, -ぼし
名乗り: n/a, for some reason
Meanings: star; (as suffix) planet; spot, dot, mark
Strokes: 9; Skip # 2-4-5
Deadlines and in-laws: both are, on balance, good for you no matter how much you dread them. More importantly, it's amazing what you can't get done when in their presence. Mosiwake gozaimasen. Welcome back to the experiment. Things are looking up!
Florida, despite its recent population boom and strip-mall sprawl, still has much less light pollution than New York. The night sky is beautiful; I haven't seen so many faint star clusters (星団) with my naked eye in years.
Yesterday, I was able to borrow a bicycle from my in-laws' neighbor and ride around for a while. The sidewalks here are teeming with geckos (守宮) sunning themselves. Only rarely do they have to scramble away from a passing cyclist or jogger; they know how to avoid the car-filled streets pretty well.
I installed a wireless router for my partner's parents a few nights ago, so I could still live the surf/blog/poker lifestyle. My star's been ascendant at Full Tilt this month. I've discovered that the mixed PL Hold'Em/Omaha games are the perfect thing to stave off boredom and keep me from investing too much in horseshoes for donkeys. I've had enough winning sessions and enough variance between the big wins and small losses to work my way back out of the kiddie pool.
The bump up in limits came just in time for me to earn points in FT's 12 Days of Xmas promo, which features cash bonus payouts until New Year's Eve, and could be the quickest way for me to get a bigger plasma TV than I ever expect to need. Much better, I stand a good shot at clearing my deposit bonus before the end of next month.
So, stars. Light of our lives. The character is nice and simple: the top half is the character for sun and the bottom is life (or beer--more in another installment). That bottom character is often pronounced セイ as in sensei, so let that be your handy mnemonic for the day. Tonight, 見上げた夜空の星達の光. Look up and gaze at the light of the stars in the night sky. And while you're still down here, enjoy the video for *Asterisk by Orange Range.
Compounds and Definitions
- 一番星 【いちばんぼし】 (n) the first star to appear in the evening
- 衛星 【えいせい】 (n) satellite
- 明けの明星 【あけのみょうじょう】 (n) Venus in the eastern morning sky
- 勝ち星 【かちぼし】 (n) (mark indicating) a win
- 九星 【きゅうせい】 (n) astrology; horoscope
- 出来星 【できぼし】 (n) upstart; mushroom millionaire
- 相星 【あいぼし】 (n) sumo wrestlers with the same win-loss record at the end of tournament
- 金星 【きんぼし】 (n) (1) dazzling victory; (2) win of rank-and-file sumo wrestler over the grand champion
(Readings and definitions from Jim Breen's WWWJDIC.)