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How's Your VD?
Friday, February 10, 2006
It’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. This year, since Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday a lot of people have tagged this upcoming weekend as Valentine’s Weekend. Many may feel that this is a rough time to be single, but I’m here as a bastion of hope and light to my fellow single people out there, this weekend will rock for us. Valentine’s Day, unlike it’s predecessor, New Year’s Eve, is, by far, one of the best days of the year to be single. I know some of you may be looking at the screen with a screwface right now, but let me explain.

First off, let’s talk money. If you’re single on Valentine’s Day there’s no need to spend frivolously on cards, candy and whatnot, you can keep that money in your pocket, or even do something nice for yourself (or someone less fortunate. Gasp! Imagine that!). With reports saying Valentine’s Day spending is expected to hit $13.7 billion, yes that’s billion, it’s nice to know that, as a single person, you’re not contributing to the lunacy.

Second, Valentine’s Day is really a day for people who are weak in terms of how they feel about the one they’re with. If someone goes all out on Valentine’s Day and contributes a healthy amount to the $13.7 billion spent on it there’s a good probability that they don’t express how they feel on a regular basis, hence the opulent display. If you’re single there’s never any need for any kind of display and no need to wonder how much you’re on the hook for depending on who you’re with. It’s beautiful knowing that on Valentine’s Day you stand no chance of being disappointed or disappointing someone (unless you manage to burn your own dinner, which is always disappointing).

There are many problems with Valentine’s Day, starting with the fact that according to the Catholic Encyclopedia at least three different St. Valentines are mentioned under the date of February 14th and all of them are martyrs. What does that tell ya about the day? I bet if it were called Martyr Day there wouldn’t be so much of the going out to dinner and gift giving. There’s also something ironic to be noted that a day named after guys who are most known for suffering is now associated with showing your supposed loved one how you feel. Also featured in the Valentine’s Day irony department is the fact that it’s supposed to be a day celebrating love yet has the initials VD.

Single people who feel bad on Valentine’s Day do it to themselves. Just because an arbitrary day was picked to make men jump through hoops for their women and “express their love” through money rather than actual expressions of love is no reason to feel bad. In fact, as an overall concept, Valentine’s Day is a day when us single folk should feel bad for the couples we know. This year, if one of your friends starts giving you crap about being single on Valentine’s Day just remind them you’re not on the hook for anything on this day, you’re free as a bird with no responsibilities! And if they’re really getting on your nerves you can break out the stat that as many as half of dating couples break up on Valentine’s Day. Hmmm, so what's the real reason you're going out to dinner?

So c’mon all my fellow single people, raise up, or more to the point, sit down, on the couch, watch a movie, read a book, do whatever the heck you want to do because Valentine’s Day is our day to kick back and chill out. If you end up bumping into any of your couple friends during this day of relaxation just smile and ask them, “how’s your VD?”
posted by Adam Bernard @ 9:49 AM  
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