I’m not just a Tiger, I’m a Fire Tiger, baby! When I was in elementary school I remember learning about the twelve different animals of the Chinese zodiac, and being born in the year that I was made me a Tiger. As it turns out, there are five subdivisions within each animal—fire, earth, water, gold, and wood—and the particular Tiger year of my birth was a Fire year. According to a website I found online, people born in the year of the Tiger are brave, competitive, unpredictable, self-confident, charming, and likable, but also can be stubborn, impetuous, irritable, and overindulged. On top of all this, being a Fire Tiger means I tend to be optimistic and independent, with poor self-control. Those who know me personally can judge how accurate those descriptions are of the real me, but I’d be a fool to not take full advantage of this new information that I’ve learned about myself. Thus, I’ve created yet another alter ego of mine—this one called Ima Fire Tiger. Full credit for the inspiration behind the name goes to my friend Ben over a Free Refills. Going forward, Ima Fire Tiger will make occasional appearances in my writings. Don’t worry, it will be painfully clear when he shows up. Ima Fire Tiger will strive to embody those Fire Tiger characteristics to their fullest, especially the lack of self-control.

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