St. Valentine's Day `sucks'
Letter to the Editor
First of all, is it really even necessary? I mean seriously, if you really love someone, what makes some day in the middle of arctic February any more special than any other day? If you haven't already professed your love after a few beers at Finnigan's, what makes you think that a candlelight dinner and some chocolates will be that special? The bitter cold and South Bend nightlife should already be enough of a reason to stay in and get close. Valentine's Day isn't really a holiday, it's a pseudo-holiday made up by some marketing geniuses who wanted to give chocolate companies an "in-season." All the commercialization just makes me nauseous. I almost gave up eating this week so that I wouldn't have to go to Meijer and walk past 4 billion pink hearts just for some freaking eggs.
Secondly, what is one without a special someone supposed to do? Sure "they" say that you can just celebrate it with other loved ones, but I personally don't think that lingerie is an appropriate gift for the one that changed my diapers. As much as I love my mother and all, she doesn't quite have that Victoria's Secret look anymore and besides, her day is coming up in May anyway. So, there's always the backup option of spending some time with the roommates, which might be plausible for girls, but it really doesn't cut it in an apartment of five guys. The last time I tried to cuddle with them on the couch and watch Beaches, I was kneed in the groin and tossed out into the snow.
So in conclusion, Valentine's Day just sucks. There's no reason to love someone more today than on any other day except for the fact that "they" tell you to. People who have significant others don't need a special day, and the people who don't don't need to be reminded. Personally, I think I'd rather be shot in the a$$ with a BB gun than cupid's arrow. At least that way I could keep in mind what I really need to focus my spending on, namely beer and Nintendo.
February 14, 2000
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