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Feb 10, 2019 22:22:11

Ugh, it’s almost Valentine’s Day

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Nick Simard

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I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day. I lump it in with the rest of the Hallmark holidays where people are encouraged to go out and spend money on crap nobody really wants, that consists of the same stuff you can always buy but with a design related to the holiday.

Like chocolate or candy that is readily available all year, except now it has hearts on it. Wooooooooo. I do like how it goes to the clearance section once the holiday has passed, though.

(As a total generalization), I see women get all excited when their significant others (I’m referring to men here, since that’s my experience) get them precisely what’s expected of them. Oh, flowers, chocolates and a card that’s whatever was left the day before (or the day of) Valentine’s Day. What a hero!

Or better yet, jewelry! Yay, he knows how to exchange currency for diamonds. It’s just so contrived. Why not do those things some other time of the year, out of the blue? Of course, you can do BOTH, but for the most part I think the women who get the most excited on Valentine’s Day don’t see it any other time of year. Which means the dude’s largely doing it because he feels he HAS to.

Congrats, your man was able to follow the trail of half-conscious guys heading to the pink section of the grocery store, to pick out whatever is left on the shelves. What a sweetheart.

I compare it to New Year’s Eve. There’s all this pressure to do something, to celebrate and go out with your loved one. Except everywhere is crowded (see aforementioned obligatory outing) and over-priced because restaurants know you’ll pay whatever it costs. You’re already there, after all.

I’m glad my wife feels the same way as I do, though I suspect that deep down she’d still like some flowers. And maybe a card. And she did mention the other day that she wanted See’s Candies.

Oh gawd...see ya in the pink aisle, boys!

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    @nicksimard I hear you about all these holidays and especially Valentine's Day. Men and women are supposed to be equal, but my experience around the Valentine's Day holiday suggests otherwise. I had to laugh at an email from Fitbit telling me to "show your love with overnight shipping." "Hey, honey, here is a Fitbit for Valentine's Day because..you know..."

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 11, 2019 17:23:17
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      @brandonwilson The worst is when you see car commercials, for Christmas or Valentine's Day or something. Here you go, babe, I went out and spent $70,000 on this car. I made a unilateral decision about our financial future. Don't you love that giant bow? Haha.

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Feb 12, 2019 17:12:58
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      @nicksimard Totally agree! That reminds me of Baba Booey on the Howard Stern Show. Shortly after he got married it was his birthday. His wife apparently got him a very nice watch for the birthday, and then the next month the joint credit card statement came and that was his welcome to marriage.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 13, 2019 08:32:54
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    @nicksimard If it wasn't for your post I would have totally forgotten :P Thanks for the reminder I guess haha

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 11, 2019 14:40:33
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      @basilesamel You're welcome? Haha. What kind of chocolate you gonna get :P

      Nick Simard avatar Nick Simard | Feb 12, 2019 17:13:52
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      @nicksimard I don't have a stable relationship at the moment so that's why I was able to forget :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Feb 13, 2019 10:00:55
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