Happy Valentine's Day Open Thread

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. Who's got something romantic planned?

Here's an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    Waiting for the wife (none / 0) (#1)
    by TomStewart on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 01:09:42 AM EST
    to get home. I've got her Manhattan made and chilled, a Buster Keaton film in the projector (Cops), a bowl and popcorn and a dish of M&Ms.

    Nothing romantic (none / 0) (#2)
    by oculus on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 04:13:01 AM EST
    either planned or envisioned. But I was quite surprised at Izetan Dept. Store in the Kyoto Station to see mobs of youngish Japanese women vieing to buy chocolate.  

    I love V-Day getting back to being about L-O-V-E (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 10:25:46 AM EST
    ... and not just a narrow sliver of it.

    You know, show your heart, indulge your passion, hug a fellow creature, be good to yourself if flying solo. Whatever the circumstance, use this day to show everyone you love that you love them.

    If love is anything, it's heroic. It takes guts to wear your heart on your sleeve and take the hits that come with that, so I love having a day set aside where everyone can be a s/hero ... just for one day.

    Besides, it's just too damn cold to have a proper Lupercalian orgy. Brrrr.


    Ditto! (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Upstart Crow on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 11:24:30 AM EST
    Always felt the same! Too bad it's devolved into a day about sex...

    RTFO! I reject the fixation on who 'deserves' love (none / 0) (#10)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 12:02:16 PM EST
    ... based on their achieving a ludicrous plastic model combining physical "perfection", obscene wealth and a worshipful following (OR a willingness to pursue that at any cost.)

    I'm tired of seeing brilliant, lovely people side-tracked into anguish, so if I haven't said so by V-Day, I make sure they know they're special to me.

    (RTFO= Right the frack on!)


    Those hits (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by jondee on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 11:38:48 AM EST
    save you from the worse, bigger hits that come from never showing your heart.

         "Say whatever
          and however your loving tells
          you to.
          Your sweet blasphemy
          is the truest devotion,
          Through you a whole world is freed"


    Had to google Rumi, but always worth the jump (none / 0) (#12)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 12:32:24 PM EST
    What a beautiful poem (from a splendid poet.)

    Fixing the bad Lupercalia link (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 12:25:15 PM EST
    ... to this one.

    happy day to all! (none / 0) (#3)
    by jeffinalabama on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 09:58:52 AM EST
    hope your valentine's day is one of bliss.

    'Sadly' I'm work- and snow-bound in home-office (none / 0) (#4)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 10:06:53 AM EST
    ... while Husb works from the Left Coast.

    There's no one here but two cats and a stray nephew to protect me from the psycho Christopher Walken sound-alike who invariably calls whenever Husb's away on V-Day.

    Presumably that creepy letch will want to know how every poor creature in this creaky spooky house is enjoying the goody basket that came yesterday.

    I'm keeping up a brave front and choking down the micro-tin of caviar so the other critters don't panic. (Also using my sternest Atticus Finch voice to explain to the cats that if this tin was meant for them, it would have a GD picture of a cat on it. Sheesh.)

    Cats need love, too (none / 0) (#7)
    by Upstart Crow on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 11:24:55 AM EST

    Well, they did hoover down their cans of albacore (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 11:39:21 AM EST
    ... without sharing. I've used a small wedge of realllly stinky cheese to set up a perimeter and repel them to their new squeak toys.

    "because he dosnt bark.. (none / 0) (#13)
    by jondee on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 12:56:02 PM EST
    and he knows the mysteries of the deep"

    Nerval, the French poet, couldnt keep a cat, so he risked being brought up on charges for thievery (which he was), in order to rescue his pet lobster "little Thibault" from a fisherman's net. He used to take him for walks tethered to a satin ribbon.

    Some would say this "madness" was meant to repel others. I say the poet cant always wait for others. If they come, they come..

    "There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground"


    Way to get into the Valentine's Day spirit! (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ellie on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 01:12:52 PM EST
    I have to say, the image of walking a lobster around on a satin ribbon is as good an example of heroic love as I've ever heard.

    I hope the happy crustacean lived a long and prosperous life.


    Me too (none / 0) (#15)
    by jondee on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 01:17:29 PM EST
    I've thought of it a few times myself, when I see those poor buggers clambering all over each other at
    Wegman's :)

    Vagina Monologues! (none / 0) (#16)
    by hitchhiker on Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 01:03:18 AM EST
    Husband and I went to see a performance that included our much beloved younger daughter.

    What a hoot, can't remember when we laughed so much or felt so hopeful as parents.