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Thursday, February 12, 2009


Well, it's that time of year again. In case you're wondering, no: this is not another rant from an angry single man; it's a bit more philosophical, so read on.

If I were a woman, and my significant other gave me a flowers and a box of chocolates on February 14, I would actually be offended. First, I would ask, why are you getting me a gift when that's what everyone else is doing on that exact same day? Second, if you're going to give a gift, be a little bloody creative: get your significant other a painting, a book, a ride in a horse drawn carriage, or cook that person a special meal, etc, etc.

I'm not saying people in relationships shouldn't give each other gifts or do nice things for each other, but it is really irritating that people do the same things on the same day because Hallmark tells them to. Am I the only one who thinks this is insane?

Every day should be Valentine's day: you should let the other person know he or she is appreciated as often as possible. In the same way, you shouldn't wait until Mother's Day to call your mum or do something nice for her; every day should be Mother's Day.

That's it. V-day is one of those times I'm actually kind of glad to be single.


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