Valentine’s day is on tuesday.
I can’t wait to see what Mr. Twistie does for me… though we’ll probably celebrate on monday. You see, he’s finally figured out that just getting in the car and heading for a favorite restaurant on february 14 rarely results in us getting a romantic meal. More often it results in us circling parking lot after parking lot while he apologizes over and over again. On the other hand, he still doesn’t ever make reservations. So for the last couple years, we’ve chosen a favorite place to eat on the night before Valentine’s day. It’s nice. We don’t get stuck with a prix fixe menu full of things neither of us particularly care for but that are generally considered romantic. We don’t have to deal with big crowds. In fact, Valentine’s eve is a great time to find really good restaurants nearly empty.
We’re also a tidge on the casual side about tying ourselves to the calendar. It works for us. I don’t imagine it would work for everyone, but we like it.
For some people, I imagine it would strike them as… well… something like this:
That’s okay, too. There are probably things I think are the end of the world that don’t matter to much of anyone else. Scratch that. There are things that I think are the end of the world that don’t matter to anybody else at all.
And it may be a misty watercolor memory from a heck of a lot of yonks ago, but I do remember those V-days when I was a solo act. Even then I didn’t mind the holiday. Even when I was on my own I was a little in love with love. I had my dreams. I had people I loved who loved me, even if it wasn’t in a romantic way. I was still an annoying cockeyed optimist, albeit one with a somewhat perversely dark sense of humor.
Speaking of that sense of dark humor, I find it oddly amusing that this year february 14 – yes, Valentine’s day – is National Organ Donor Day. It’s also Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day, and in the UK, it’s National Impotence Day. I kid you not.
So what does this all add up to? Pretty much just some amusing trivia.
How about all of you? Any thoughts, funny stories, bizarre coincidences, or diatribes connected to Valentine’s day or love in general?