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Valentine's Day

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Happy Valentine's Daly

  • Feb 15, 2011
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*taken from my blog at www.dalydose.com


Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap as a corporate holiday, but in reality it is…well, it’s so much worse. It’s so bad that it doesn’t even warrant a day off for our valiant postal workers. In fact they have to work extra hard on this day. You can take that to bank. I mean, literally, you can take it to the bank because the banks are open on this “holiday”.

To make matters worse, this is the most exclusionary holiday on the calendar. Another saint’s day, Patrick to be exact, doesn’t require one to be Irish; anyone can get filthy drunk on this holiday. That’s inclusion. President’s Day is coming up next and we’ve all voted for somebody that won. If you didn’t vote, then you have probably at least been screwed by presidential policies at some point. We all get to enjoy the holiday. As I rack my brain, every single holiday other than Valentine’s Day is for us all.

What about this day devoted to St. Valentine?

This is the day for lovers, where the romance can be found in mass produced cards and overpriced boxes of chocolates. This relationship status-ist holiday, categorically excludes over 50 million adult Americans. (Source CNN) When will the politicians stand up for what is right? What they don’t have the courage to do, I will embrace. Where they fear even to whisper, I will pontificate with volume. The tyranny of the single must end.

All is not bleak, my friends. I have some thoughts, suggestions, stories, etc. Please follow along…

  • If you read my Resolutions for Single Guys, you know that when the corporate marketing machine causes people to be vulnerable, you need to act. Take advantage and score a date with someone who on 364 other days of the year would be out of your league. That’s it…just do it.
  • Think of all the sucker guys who forgot to buy their Valentine's loot.  They have to buy the overpriced flowers and candy on street corners and parking lots on the way home from work. They aren’t fooling anyone and they’ll still get “the look” when they get home.
  • Speaking of flowers and candy, I say celebrate your love for yourself on February 15th. You’ll enjoy your treats for 50% off the overstock. This way you’ll be honoring the most unconditional love in your life...yourself.  You'll also be sticking it to the vultures that charged 100% more just 24 hours earlier.
  • Spread the love by treating Valentine’s Day as you did in grade school; give everyone the positive treatment. I posed that challenge to my Facebook friends today. They wrote on my wall and I wrote on theirs. We “traded” valentines.
  • I went out to a “take Valentine’s back” party on the 13th. You may have seen my picture of the day posting about it. It was great to be around a bunch of people who never really brought up Valentine’s Day and who don’t feel desperately single. In fact, this group has upgraded their relationship to “Singular”. Hey, find out more for yourself at www.singularcity.com.
  • I would be falsely humble if I didn’t self promote a bit. It’s been a long time since I promoted my short film, “Stuck”. Seriously, this is a single person’s cult film so go watch it. You’ve already seen it? That’s OK, watch it again!

There you have it. That’s MY “funny Valentine” for 2011. Now, I need to go make myself dinner and then stroll over to the mirror, look myself directly in the eye and say “You are my number 1”. I’d go on to say that I was my own number 2, but the mirror is in the bathroom and it doesn’t seem right.

Happy Valentine’s Daly!

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February 28, 2011
Great sense of humor I must say :)
February 28, 2011
Thanks! That means a lot coming from someone who isn't even single! :)
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I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day, definitely not when I was single and not even now as I'm engaged to the love of my life. I always found it ridiculous that people needed a holiday to profess their love to each other. I'd much rather you buy me flowers on a Tuesday because you're thinking of me, not because Hallmark tells you that you have to do it. Love, like life, should be celebrated every day.      Valentine's does nothing but, make people …
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Quick Tip by . February 14, 2012
Outside of Christmas, Valentine's Day is probably the most commercial holiday out there. Telling someone you love them or showing them that you love them is something that you should do every day, but setting aside one specific day to focus a little bit more on love sounds like a great idea to me and for that, I give February 14th a plus four. However, florists, card companies, candy companies, and even lingerie companies, have turned Valentine's Day into a day of excessive and pointless gifts, …
review by . January 29, 2010
So Valentine's Day is coming up and while I've always been indifferent about the day, I am usually annoyed by some of the people on the day.  Now I know what you're thinking, "The people who are all sucking face and making cute noises to one another and the married couples who put on their Calender that this is one of the days of the year they're actually allowed to have sex with one another... yeah they annoy the hell out of me too!"  Actually, no.  I rather adore …
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For a whole  24 hours those in love, lust, denial, acceptance and forgiveness celebrated Valentine's Day. And there isn't a place you can go to escape it. Every place I turned I saw hearts, flowers and goofy-grinned couples.      Pairs were everywhere and in everything: A tow-truck pulling a car, men and women, men and men, women and women, candy and flowers, a construction worker hammering a nail (that may have been a three-some, but you get the point). Hell, even the bums …
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
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Quick Tip by . February 10, 2010
The first time after 57 years that VD falls on the same day as Chinese New Year! What a special Feb. 14 this is! The next time? 38 yrs later
Quick Tip by . January 28, 2010
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True love is unconditional, a sacrifice and compromise, not flowers and candy one day a year. I don't buy the hype :)
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Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the English-speaking countries, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines". Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards. The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th century America, where many Valentine cards are now general greeting cards rather than declarations of love, was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States. It's considered one of the Hallmark holidays.

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, ...

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