valentine's day is juat another manufactured, cynical, money sucking retail store holiday....

  • rnch

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    Feb 13, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    just like mother's day and father's day.

    if you like/love/have affecton for someone; you should show it 24/7, not just a couple days out of the year.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 13, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    Valentines Day has suffered from the same over commercialization that Christmas has been ruined by. It is not Valentines Day itself, it is the rampant commercialization that is wrong.
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    It's a sappy holiday. I never liked it since I was a kid,my parents made me fill out valentine cards for all the little bitches in my class.I always threw out the stack of cards as soon as I got to school,then went about my day as usual.
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:38 PM GMT
    I don't have a problem with it. The day is the perfect excuse to wear pink! I need a reason to make heart shape cookies. lol and watch sappy-ass movies with my single friends.

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    Feb 13, 2010 7:51 PM GMT
    Absolutely 100%. It's why I ignore it, I mean it's so predictable isn't it. What about the rest of the year thats what counts to me, to get something to have some thing done, to do something "unexpected."

    No this day beholds no special meaning to me what so ever; it's not even romantic.

    Well the day has come and gone for me now. I'm pleased the peole in my life love me enough to of let this one pass.
  • Celticmusl

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    Feb 13, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    I also think Valentine's Day celebrates all things superficial about love...not something I want to put too much effort in.

    I do, however, think Mother's Day and Father's Day is a valid celebration and gives you just another occasion to thank your parents for doing such a fantastic job(as in my case). icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    lol, rnch, then don't celebrate it that way. Celebrate it your way. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    Is it just me, or does it seem like there are too many holidays in the year, if I include birthdays with the seemingly neverending holidays and pre holiday build ups it seems like my wallet cannot get a moments peace.icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
    Dtimshell saidIs it just me, or does it seem like there are too many holidays in the year, if I include birthdays with the seemingly neverending holidays and pre holiday build ups it seems like my wallet cannot get a moments peace.icon_confused.gif


    Well I've already started to write out my invitation list for Christmas in July. last year was a blast, but I drank to much Vodka. I'm going to get male and female strippers in this year.
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    Feb 13, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Anyone want to go on a date with me tomorrow?
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    Feb 13, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    Aggieboy saidAnyone want to go on a date with me tomorrow?


    Sure. Be in DC by 4pm
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    Feb 13, 2010 9:55 PM GMT
    I agree, all Holidays that will cost me money are over rated. Everyday is Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Blow Me, Screw Me...whatever. It's all Bullshiticon_mad.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    I hate valentines day. Never cared for it.
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    Feb 13, 2010 10:17 PM GMT
    rnch saidjust like mother's day and father's day.

    if you like/love/have affecton for someone; you should show it 24/7, not just a couple days out of the year.

    I think the key phrase above is "...you SHOULD show it 24/7..." [my emphasis added]

    But if it weren't for such a holiday to prompt people (especially men) to give a card, some flowers, and a box of candy, would they hardly ever? I'm doubtful.

    The same criticism is said about Christmas, but I like the idea of a reason to give lots of gifts, especially to children. Plus I love the decorations and lights, the special songs & carols, providing some cheer to break the otherwise bleak winter months.

    And Thanksgiving -- brings us together around a table for a traditional meal, that we might not otherwise do. Do merchants exploit these things? Of course they do. But I only let them exploit ME as much as I let them, to satisfy MY wishes for a happy time, and no more.

    Tomorrow morning, BTW, our Valentine's breakfast guests here will include a lesbian and her father who's visiting her from out of state. We have small gifts for them, and mimosas to drink, the food varied, featuring blueberry & strawberry waffles we make ourselves from scratch (even I get involved for once).

    We're taking a slight chance, since she just broke up with her lesbian lover 2 weeks ago. But we hope it''ll be better to tackle the day head-on and show that you can have a great time without a GF, rather than mope at home. And we should have a few single lesbians also here. Not match-making, she already knows them, but again, demonstrating that being single is also acceptable, even on Valentine's Day.

    And second BTW, later we go over to the house of a gay couple, together 26 years, who celebrate their anniversary on Valentine's Day, a nice romantic touch. So these holidays can be made to serve us, not just the merchants.
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    Feb 13, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    "valentine's day is just another manufactured, cynical, money sucking retail store holiday...."

    Well it is America! We have perfected the fine art of sucking all the meaning out of events through crass commercialization.
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    Feb 13, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    BTW, I just ran out while my partner was napping, to get some Valentine's things for him. Because I either take him everywhere until he can drive himself again, or else he sees me go out and wants to know where I'm going, often asking to come along, it's hard for me to shop surprise presents for him.

    But I had good success in under an hour, and so late on the eve of Valentine's Day, too, already 6 PM when I got back. I got him a dozen traditional red roses, an extravagant Hallmark card with a matching red rose motif and just the correct words (he's learned I always pick them very carefully, and now expects it and reads the words for my meaning), a red heart balloon with rose design, and a heart-shaped candy box in very elegant black & red, most appropriate for a man, from an exclusive confectioner who sells nothing but his own hand-made candies. They let me make the assortment myself, which they should at their prices, then carefully wrapped and placed it in a gorgeous Valentine's gift bag.

    And I suspect he hasn't got a clue I was able to get him anything, it all sitting out in the car until tomorrow morning (we're fortunately having a cold snap, so no candy will melt), when we'll have guests for a big breakfast here. I'm pretty sure he wasn't able to get me anything himself, since he can't drive right now, but that's OK.

    I've been lucky to always find private confectioners for Valentine's over the years, even when living in some kinda small places. The last thing I want to give is a brand name off a supermarket shelf or something, wrapped in cellophane.

    Some years ago this family-owned candy business had "his & hers" heart-shaped candy boxes, one with a faux evening gown on the front, real lace and everything, the other with a tuxedo and actual black bow tie. I of course selected the bow tie, and got the strangest stares from the other customers there as I waited at the register, plus the store clerk kept doing double takes, like "Are you sure this is what you want?" but said nothing to me. LOL! But my BF loved it.

    Commercialism? Sure, but I enjoy it, another opportunity to show my love. And if, as the OP contends, something to do 24/7, which I don't dispute, also a chance to do it with stylized symbols every now & then, for extra pleasure & meaning. Good grief, guys, I'm one of the senior citizens here, and some of you younger fellas are the ones doing the "Bah-Humbug!" routine.
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    Feb 13, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    Valentine's day is mostly for women anyway.

    we need to have an equivalent for men....
    mark ur calendars March 14th - Steak and A Blow Job Day
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    Feb 13, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    maybe so .. but I love necco candy hearts!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necco

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    Feb 13, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    It's my birthday, is what it is! icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 13, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidIt's my birthday, is what it is! icon_lol.gif

    Truly? How fun! As I mentioned above, it's also the anniversary of when a gay couple we count among our close friends first got together, 26 years ago.
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    Feb 13, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    goodtr8s saidIt's a sappy holiday. I never liked it since I was a kid,my parents made me fill out valentine cards for all the little bitches in my class.I always threw out the stack of cards as soon as I got to school,then went about my day as usual.

    Hahaha! A kindergartener with a FTS attitude! ... icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 14, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidIt's my birthday, is what it is! icon_lol.gif
    St. Sahem Day! icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 14, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidIt's my birthday, is what it is! icon_lol.gif


    Have a necco heart .. or two icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 14, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    It is an overrated day.
    I may give my guy a rose, just something small and nice. icon_smile.gif
  • leixguy

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    Feb 14, 2010 12:36 AM GMT
    on a semi-interesting side note i found out last week that the crypt of st valentine is in a church thats only a 5 min walk from my house so i went in yesterday and said a little prayer to him, i know its kinda sappy but it made me feel all happy and stuff icon_smile.gif