Who is Valentine’s Day for?

Valentine's Day card - vintage, 04It’s Valentine’s Day again, and you know what that means.  This is one of those holidays with certain expectations, and it can cause great distress and disappointment in the relationship if those expectations aren’t met.  Let’s take a lighter look at that…

If you’re a man with a wife or girlfriend, you’re typically expected to buy her a nice (sappy) card, give her chocolates and roses (which are inconveniently greatly inflated in price during February), and take her on a romantic date.  These aren’t all bad things.  I’m not anti-Valentine’s Day or anything like that.  It’s good to show appreciation to your significant other, and we tend to take our loved ones for granted.  I don’t particularly like the idea of it being “forced” on a certain day, but it’s a good reminder.

So the woman in the relationship gets showered with nice stuff, like she deserves, because we cherish her.  What are the expectations going the other way?  Well, guys typically get a card, which may not mean as much as it would to a woman.  Now before you accuse me of being selfish, it’s not about that.  I don’t care about getting more gifts.  I just wonder who created these expectations and how many people are aware of how it is.  Why are they this way?  That topic is beyond the scope of this discussion, but it’s a good thinking exercise if you’re interested.

Maybe we should start some new traditions, for the guys.  What kind of affordable stuff would guys want to receive every year and which would also make them feel loved and appreciated?  (That “affordable” modifier limits the ideas, so no monster trucks or flamethrowers or tanks.  But we need to be practical, I suppose.)  For starters, how about cheese dip?  Either homemade or Stoby’s cheese dip would suffice (plus no comments about how it’s not healthy or that a tub of cheese dip is not a meal by itself).  Bacon should probably be included in this.  Maybe chicken-fried bacon for dipping in the cheese dip?  Just imagining that probably makes you gain weight…

I figure most guys would like a time of playing video games, since that time typically gets dramatically reduced when in a relationship (and more when married and even more when you have children).  This may not seem practical, since the day is about quality time in the relationship, and that’s fair.  It could be applied the next day.  Or the woman could join him in the games, if they can find something they both enjoy.  That would probably count as quality time, to him anyway.

These ideas might not fly, but that’s okay.  I can dream, right?  🙂  If you have any ideas, I’m open to suggestions.  (Your comments can be anonymous if you’re scared of getting in trouble for speaking out on this.)

the special days of September

I don’t know how certain events get “honored” during a certain month, but I’d like to add some of my own.  Looking at the list of in September, just about anything would fit in.  Let’s look at a few.  (And I think some of these will be of interest to you.  There’s something for everyone.)

September is National Chicken Month.  I don’t know if that means I should eat more or less chicken.  I’m going to suppose it means more, because I like eating chicken.

September is also National School Success Month.  Does that mean students should try harder for success in school during September?  Sounds like it.  It seems like the months of finals (December and May) would be better for that.  But what do I care?  I never knew about this when I was in school, and now I’m not in school.

The third week of September is National Farm Animals Awareness Week.  I’m not sure what should be done about this, either.  Should we learn about them?  Should we take them a doggie biscuit?  Or should we give thanks for farm animals before eating a big country breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, and biscuits & gravy, washed down with milk?  I’m thinking the latter sounds most delectable to me.  (Perhaps we should schedule a breakfast at Stoby’s that week.)

There’s even a National Flowers Week — also the third week — which would be applicable to the man who likes flowers.  ‘Nuff said about that.

There’s also a lot of special days, although some of them make no sense whatsoever.  September 2nd is National Beheading Day.  I will definitely NOT be participating in that one!  How about we remove that one from the calendar…

Here’s one that most everyone would like — September 5th is National Cheese Pizza Day.  It’s too bad I just found out about it.  But I say it’s not too late to celebrate this one.  Go eat a cheese pizza.  It would be all patriotic and stuff.  Also on the 5th is Be Late for Something Day.  Since that was a workday, I probably took part in that.  But had I known it was a special day, I would’ve been extra late for work.  🙂

Today, September 7th, is Neither Rain Nor Snow Day.  What?  It rained here, so the weather did not cooperate at all.

September 11th is Make Your Bed Day.  So for all of you who normally don’t make your bed, this is the one day of the year that you’re supposed to.  I don’t know why, but I reckon making the sacrifice to do it once per year isn’t too unreasonable.

This is kinda silly, isn’t it?  But wait, there is a good one coming up.  September 12th is National Chocolate Milk Shake Day.  I’m all about that!  To help us celebrate this special event, restaurants ought to give a discount on milkshakes that day, to help motivate everyone to go get one.  And I read that most people who celebrate this day will drink not just one, but two or more chocolate milkshakes that day, whether they’re on a diet or not.  Mmm…  Also on the 12th is National Video Games Day.  So it sounds like I should stay home from work that day to play video games and drink milkshakes.  Does anyone else interpret it that way?

I’m not even covering half of these, but the list goes on.  Sept. 15th is Make A Hat Day.  I’ll pass on that one.  Sept. 16th is Collect Rocks Day.  Ditto.  Sept. 18th is Mushroom Picking Day.  Seriously, why is this even on the calendar?  Who decided there should be a day to celebrate these things?

But there is one of these special holidays that is growing in popularity and fame — International Talk Like a Pirate Day, which is September 19th.  I recommend you participate in this one.  It’s a good time.  It also makes work more fun.

I could go on, but you can read the list (linked above) if you’re interested in reading more about these obscure holidays.

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