Monday, February 13, 2012

My thoughts on V-Day

Here's my two cents: Hallmark can suck it.

I had planned to write about something entirely different, but a post by Workingdan
inspired me. I posted a comment and thought - aha! - here is a post in the making. Then, I read a post by Lone Grey Squirrel and became further inspired, although my thoughts on this Hallmark holiday are much less eloquent than his.

Mr. RK and I go out on Feb. 13 as a Valentine's fuck you. Actually, we go out on the 13th of every month, because our anniversary is on the 13th, but the anti-Valentine's Day dinner is one I look forward to.

Valentine's Day, in my opinion is 1) a way for Hallmark to make people feel shitty if they're single, and 2) a day for all of the people who are assholes to their partners the rest of the year try to make up for it (and get laid) in one fell swoop, while plumping up the coffers of the flower vendor, the chocolate vendor, and people who make Trojans. The people who invented Valentine's Day are the same people who say a guy should fork over two months' pay for an engagement ring without the guarantee of oral sex. (OK, that was crude, so sue me.)

I send Valentines to my siblings and that's it. I bought one for Mr. RK, wrote "anti-" in front of Valentine's Day, and picked out a card that had a perverted message to boot. Now, if you'll excuse me...

20 comments:

NellieVaughn said...

Valentines Day makes me feel shitty for being single, yet I don't know why I allow this to happen. I choose to be single. I am girl who CHOOSES to focus on her career. Fuck Valentine's Day!

Lynn said...

I was at a meeting last year on Valentine's Day evening and one man was grumping that he came to that meeting instead of being with his wife. I thought, "What makes this evening different from any other?" Seriously - are you supposed to go back to your humdrum ways the other nights???

It's kind of a silly day, but I don't mind it. But I like the RK and Mr. RK way of celebrating every 13th. :)

Claire said...

Now I'm coupled up, we do a little Valentines things - dinner on the 13th (seriously, the thought of going out on V day itself fills me with terror!), then a quiet meal with a good wine at home on the 14th. And we do give cards, but that's because I am Hallmark's bitch and will send cards for pretty much anything ;)

When I was single I made a much bigger holiday of it actually - shopping, dinner, movie, cocktails with my single girls was often the plan; or staying in with a good book and a nice wine (wine is a feature ;)) and feeling smug that I didn't have to be out in the cold!

wigsf3 said...

St. Valentine's Day should be co-opted by people in favour of same-sex marriages because St. Valentine performed wedding services for those the state did not allow to marry.

G said...

I'm sort of abivalent towards Valentine's day, simply because my wife's b'day is the day before.

For me, it's a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Workingdan said...

Yes! The trend is spreading! Eliminate V-day! If people need this one day of the year to express their love or appreciation towards significant others then they don't have a clue what love really is! It's an every day thing, not just one day a year!

Thanks for the shout-out! Glad you were inspired to hop on this anti v-day trend!

Granny Annie said...

"I fear thou doth protesteth too much..."

Insomniac #4 said...

Here's the problem I have with Valentine's Day: you can say 'I love you' for free, but on 2/14 you have to buy a greeting card (for $5 or more) and a bouquet of flowers (another $20-$50) or you're a jerk. And both of them will be in the garbage by 2/18.

It's not the holiday that I mind so much, it's the 'traditions'. Wanna show your sweetheart you love them? Do something original, dammit!

And why do we *have* to have Turkey on Thanksgiving? I want pizza. or chinese. Does that make me a traitor to my country? And who the eff cares about a stupid shiny ball dropping in Times Square? The year's gonna start with or without NYC's permission.

sorry. rant over. :D

Riot Kitty said...

Sooooo...here's some food for thought. A friend came into work today and said, "Happy VD!"

I said, "Um, you mean Happy V-Day, don't you? There is no happy VD that I know of!"

She said, "No...you've never heard that joke?"

Anyone else heard of it?

Lynn said...

Mr C's sign said Happy VD yesterday. :) But I have never heard that joke - did she share?

Mike_D said...

As I said to you before, happy fake holiday!!!!!

Scarlet said...

I'm totally celebrating Feb. 13th next year...and will be thinking of you. :)

John McElveen said...

Roses are Red
Violets are blue,
If you have Chlamydia,
will I get it too?

Happy VD!!!!

J

Logical Libby said...

We call it "afternoon sex day." Guess how we celebrate...

Riot Kitty said...

Lynn: She just said it was a joke from high school (she's 56.)
Mike: Yep yep!
S: Excellent!
John: HAHAHA! Did you make that up yourself?
Libby: That is a FABULOUS holiday! Why doesn't Hallmark market cards for that? :)

Darth Weasel said...

I have called it v-d or v-day interchangeably for a few words. I actually think the gift giving of the day means LESS than any other day because it is socially inpsired, not from the heart.

Of course, I have also been known to release flatulence in the presence of loved ones, so consulting me on matters of the heart may not be your best choice...

A Beer for the Shower said...

No oral sex? Deal breaker. I went out on V-Day and didn't get VD. Win.

Riot Kitty said...

Darth: I'll pretend that I didn't just read that last part.
ABFTS: HAHA! Good for you ;)

John McElveen said...

RK--Yes--that one just hit me as apropos for the VD joke!

J

Riot Kitty said...

John: Excellent ;)