VD Part Deux

I suppose it would be quite cliche’ to talk about VD today. (and by VD, I mean Valentine’s Day) I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention it.

This is the first time I am actually celebrating VD. I have reservations at a very snazzy place for dinner, flowers ordered, and yet somehow, I still have to wonder if I’m not being duped by highly effective marketing.

As I recall, Valentine’s Day actually commemorates a massacre. Not exactly romantic. I do find it amusing and mildly ironic that a massacre day has been linked up with love. However, it’s the genius marketing of the Hallmark Corporation that has caused this day to be what it is.

And what it is, is a big pile of commercialized dung, figuratively speaking. I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy time with our significant other… just that love should never have been made a function of $$$. If you spend a lot on VD, you’re a good partner. If you don’t, your’e a cheapskate, non-romantic kerr. It’s really the ultimate marketing strategy.

It doesn’t focus on the actual buyer. The buyer and the influencer are two different people. Guys know if they don’t “do the right thing” it’s going to be a cold and lonely next few weeks. Guys could care less about the frilly, flower-laced crap that Hallmark tries to market, but it’s not up to them. The girls have bought into the concept, hook, line and sinker.

And since girls are highly competitive and jealous of each other, you’d BETTER NOT let your girlfriend feel like her girlfriends got treated better on VD.

But, that’s the cynical part of me talking. On the other hand, I’m happy to do things for, and buy things for my girlfriend any day. Not just on VD. In fact, if it wasn’t so embedded in American culture, I’d probably do it every day except VD just to be contrary.

But I can’t. Hallmark, the true evil empire, has successfully hijacked the day.

I give you VD Poetry:

Roses are red
The Steelers are winners
Jenna is getting
A really nice dinner

I may hate VD
As much as loud barking
But I still celebrate
By valet parking

  8 comments for “VD Part Deux

  1. February 14, 2006 at 11:47 am

    Incredipete, I totally agree. I resent that people feel forced to spend a ton of money just for one day a year because the floral, diamond, and greeting card industry says to.

    That being said, I wouldn’t turn down any of those things. On any day. 😉

  2. Livieloo
    February 14, 2006 at 11:58 am

    Hahahahaha, I love that poem. I agree with the whole money spending skeme is absolutely evil. I’d rather just get a bouquet of hand picked clover and a home made card. That’s real love. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. AprilMayJune
    February 14, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    I totally agree. I would so rather get those things on some day that I wasn’t expecting it. Not because a guy felt he had to. We should celebrate our love for each other everyday of the year. I also think it’s funny that it seems to always be the pressure on the guy to get his gal something great and special. The guys need alittle love too. 😉

  4. Rik
    February 14, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    VD is like a bowl of grape nuts. You don’t want to but the consequences are just too great. Eat your cereal and shut up. There are people in the world that don’t have cereal to eat. With that said….
    I totally agree with you, Incredipete. Poor American male bastards have been hornswaggled into believing that this is an actual holiday. My boss called me at 10 o’clock today, yelling at me to get my ass into work. “No it’s not a holiday…wait a minute… you don’t even have a girlfriend! You’ve got 30 minutes to get in here dumbass!”
    I brought her chocolates. I got the rest of the day off. 😉
    Silly women.

  5. Your Incredibly Adorable Little Sister
    February 14, 2006 at 8:58 pm

    sorry for bursting your bubble (as your younger sister, it is my job). VD commemorates the martyr who gave a blind girl a “valentine” when he was in jail. when he gave her the note, she recovered her sight. It is strange to me that we celebrate gushy love on a day that St. Valentine helped a girl. Oh well, whatever.
    VD as we have it today is quite silly. very commercialized.

    But shiny things and good-smelling things are acceptable all days of the year.

  6. February 15, 2006 at 8:58 am

    You can always change the day! You don’t have to do any of it and if you’d sack up and be a better boyfriend the rest of the year, then the girls would understand that this commercial holiday is just that! I’m not a cheapskate because my “love” gifts were inexpensive. I’m awesome because I put some thought into the gifts and made nice with the kissing. So stop blaming hallmark and the rest of the corporations for suckering gold digging dragon ladies into withholding seual favors unless they got ALL that they wanted and just fucking boycott the day. ( I got out for under 20 bucks and the smile hasn’t left her face yet!)

    Think first. Then reach for the wallet. and if your thinking says 500.00 and a limo to go to the American…just so you get that back seat hummer….it may be the girl you want to rethink.

  7. February 15, 2006 at 9:02 am

    Oh and little sis, here is the REAL History of St Valentine, well as real as the internet is anyway. This is from this website -http://www.pictureframes.co.uk/pages/saint_valentine.htm#history

    Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

    The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl’s name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry.

    Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270. At that time it was the custom in Rome, a very ancient custom, indeed, to celebrate in the month of February the Lupercalia, feasts in honour of a heathen god. On these occasions, amidst a variety of pagan ceremonies, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed.

    The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine’s Day for the celebration of this new feaSt. So it seems that the custom of young men choosing maidens for valentines, or saints as patrons for the coming year, arose in this way.

  8. February 17, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    We decided to completely forego VD this year. He worked and I stayed home and ordered in. Nothing special. We decided soon after we first met that we’d much rather just get something that we thought the other would want when we see it, rather than have to have a special reason to do so. Why not just give. Give any day of the year. There’s no reason to call it something special, just to have an excuse. It’s really quite silly.

    Anyway…. we did get gifts today. Season tickets to our AF2 team for this year. So, happy VD to us I suppose. =)

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