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Flashback: 8 Reasons I Loathe Valentine's Day

Seriously, it's a day that glorifies unimaginative expressions of love.

8) The looks from couples as I walk down the street alone

Do guys get looked at like they must be defective in some way when they walk down the street alone on Valentine's Day? Is it really so terrible to be independent? I thoroughly enjoy not having to generate chit-chat about pop culture solely for the sake of producing continuous sounds, so as not to eat in silence. 

7) The cost

Let's be real. A lot of journalists would probably qualify for food stamps if we could swallow our pride and apply for them. Our nomadic sense of adventure is often indulged by those who want us to eloquently articulate their activities, so we get into a lot of stuff for free. But that's just free stuff for one. And maybe a camera guy. Getting into a four-course dinner at a fancy French restaurant with a date is probably out of the question.  

6) The mating calls

Is it me, or do all the old lovers come out of the woodwork on Valentine's Day? My phone has been blowing up like it's a speaker in a Ke$ha video.  

5) The underwear

Who the hell deemed lace sexy?  

4) Crowds

All the good places to eat are going to be crowded with people desperate to get their partner intoxicated so they can increase their odds of getting a shot at doing the humpty dance. I'm never going to get a table on Valentine's Day, unless I reserve it a week in advance.  On top of that, pun unintentional, even if you don't go to restaurants, the lines at the grocery stores are horrendous in the three days leading up to V Day. You can't get to where you need to go inside the store, because the line for the florist snakes back to the frozen food section, and everyone HAS to have a cart. A friend of mine once climbed over a display of chocolate to circumvent the crowd and get to the deli.

3) Chocolate

I'm lactose intolerant—plus, chocolate has a billion calories that I feel I have to burn off on the treadmill later. Oh yea, and then there's the whole . 

2) The implication that a bonded pair > than a single free radical 

1) The sense of obligation

Whether you're in a relationship or not, there's a feeling of societal pressure that begins to rain from the word clouds the week before Valentine's Day. Where to eat? Who to ask out? Do you have someone to ask out?  Hallmark forbid that you spend the day alone packing for a business trip to New York, or doing something else that might contribute to society in a meaningful way, or just going to a beach and throwing rocks at the ocean. Yea, that's what I'll do tonight. My Valentine's Day is going to rock.

Why call it a flashback? This article originally ran on Menlo Park Patch in 2010.

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Sandy B February 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Lol. I say we throw a rock hurling party in Pacifica.
Alan Dale Brown February 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Hey, the availability of teddy bears with heart-shaped balloons for sale goes way up; they can be found on every street corner. My s.o. can't wait! ;)
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Don't do it! (: Unless you are going to have a helium-fueled karaoke night...
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) February 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Add a bonfire to that mix, and I'm in.
Kim February 12, 2012 at 07:44 PM
There are nice men out there- just make sure they're single and your age.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I hear you. I can't say I mind an age difference; in fact I can't say I've ever dated anyone who was the same age as I am. However, I certainly don't want the drama of being involved in a love triangle started by a man who can't make a decision about what he wants. That nonsense belongs out by the curb in the black bin.
Kim February 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Age is complicated you will learn! You may want to date older men now, but in another ten you will want to date men your current age now :) Choosing someone much older now( 15-20years older ) means being married to a 55plus at age 40 ! Choose wisely.
Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) February 13, 2012 at 10:16 PM
A 15 to 20 year age gap would be a bit weird for a serious, long-term relationship. I do like the thought of knowing someone who has a stable life with clear priorities. But, marriage isn't a goal for me. Maybe it will happen. I'm entirely okay with having a life companion who encourages me to turn my ideas into reality, and inspires me to smile as we explore the world. Question is: Do I really need to be legally responsible for their financial decisions to be happy?

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