Like most men, I consider Valentine’s Day little more than a manufactured holiday specifically designed to exploit a lacking in many modern relationships, the result of living in a fast-moving, modern world in which, more often than not, couples really don’t have the opportunity to properly express their affection for one another. Thus, this opportunity/celebration is offered to them as a means of (throwing money at the problem and) making amends. However, like most men, I won’t be taking a stand on the issue and risk being banished to the doghouse (although, in my case, the doghouse is my bed since the dogs sleep with me). Instead, I’ll be taking my wife out for dinner tonight to a fancy restaurant. Still, I feel the need to point out that the Japanese – who are worlds ahead of us in technology for one (just saying) – celebrate Valentine’s Day very differently. No fancy restaurants or overpriced flowers or maudlin cards. For them, Valentine’s is just a day on which women give chocolates to men, be they their bosses, co-workers, or significant others. In fact, it’s not uncommon for women in Japan to purchase and distribute between 20-30 boxes of chocolates on this special day. Personally, I think the Japanese are on to something here, but I suspect North Americans are so set in their ways that they would resist change and, sadly, this idea would meet with, at best, grudging acceptance by a very small minority. Sort of like the metric system. Anyway, yes, I’m taking part but, no, I don’t support this materialistic sham of a holiday in which people are forced to spend money to prove their love. I prefer the simpler, less extravagant holidays like Christmas and birthdays and National Producer’s Day.
Okay, while I appreciate the enthusiasm, I’m not gathering questions for Chris Judge yet so hold off on posting until you see the green light.
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