Getting Busy This Valentine’s Weekend! (Singles Especially)

Well folks, the weekend of love has arrived!  Some are going to eat by candle light, while others will walk the beach during sunset here in California or Hawaii.  For my friends out in Snowmageddonville, perhaps marshmellows in front of the fire place while playing a fun game of Scrabble.  Amazingly, there are some who believe their significant other when they say, “don’t get me anything. If you actually believe this line, you also mistakenly believe taxes aren’t going up next year!

I’m absolutely sure there are those against the Valentine movement, how it’s one big marketing gimmick for guys to spend more money than they should.  Unfortunately, you’re right, but there’s no stopping the movement. If you end up doing nothing, not even a small gesture like a back massage, you’re screwed, and not in a good way!

The one thing I caution ladies not to do is push.  The more you push about what you want or want to do on Sunday, the more your guy won’t want to do anything.  If you keep hinting about chocolate covered strawberries, you’re going to get one big fat biscuit of nothing!  So shhh, let the man figure something out and get creative.  Of course, ladies can always do something for us men too yeah?  Nah, it’s always on us men.

WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SINGLES EVERYWHERE!

For all the single folks out there, this weekend is your opportunity to slap Valentines in the face!  Yes, you might feel a little queasy when you see couples holding hands and nuzzling each other’s noses.  You might want to stay inside and read a book or some Financial Samurai so you don’t have to experience mushy love.  But, that queasy feeling is precisely why other than New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Eve is the best time to find someone!

Today is the day to call your single girlfriends and make plans for Saturday night.  Valentine’s Eve is the one night where wise, love-seeking, men go out and hope to meet like-minded women.   Careful about roaming SMB’s though.  They might be out just looking to have some fun before the big day!

“HIDE AND SEEK”

I used to be sad during Valentine’s weekend when I was single.  It’s like celebrating Thanksgiving by yourself with no family.  However, like the ambulance story mentions, you can shift the way you think and focus on the positives.  Before going out this weekend, watch this video by Imogen Heap.  It’s a sad song that talks about love’s heartbreak and the search for something or someone new.  Get a little depressed, then realize you’re free and you have the power to seek happiness. This weekend could be the first weekend of the rest of your life!

Dearest readers, what are your plans for this weekend?  Do you plan to spend more money than normal on your honey?  What’s wrong with having fun during Valentine’s Day?  If you are single, are you going to go tear up the town and put yourself out there, not afraid of rejection?

Regards,

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Comments

  1. says

    How did you know the wife said nothing is necessary? I’m with you though. I know its just a ruse to suck me in for the kill. But I have outsmarted her this year with reservations to her all time favorite restaurant and arranged to be cared for by her favorite waitress. Meanwhile the kids have assignments to decorate the house in all manner of homemade valentine decorations leaving a trail of custom made heart shaped cards on the floor. Each has a single word written, together they convey a message of my love for her. This trail will end at the fireplace with a valentine “stocking” filled with some of her special treats and a dvd. We will end the evening cuddled up on the couch watching some vampire movie she has been wanting to see.
    .-= LeanLifeCoach´s last blog ..Why The GDP Needs A Makeover =-.

  2. says

    Ugh can I just comment about the song…. ENOUGH with using Auto-Tune crap! I liked her work in Frou Frou, this is just garbarge!
    .-= Investor Junkie´s last blog ..Do You Value Your Time Or Your Money More? =-.

  3. says

    @LeanLifeCoach
    Oh wow! That’s awesome Greg-san! Hmmmmm…… I think I’m screwed if the “SO” reads this. Lol. Thanks for the comment, and what a contrast to Investor Junkie’s.

    @Investor Junkie
    Thanks for saying Imogen’s song sucks and my taste in music is garbage. “Hide and Seek” is the song I feel describes how a a single person this weekend may be feeling. It’s my interpretation, and I miss the mark with you just commenting on Imogen’s use of a harmonizer.

  4. says

    @ admin
    Hey, I never said your taste in music is garbage. :-)

    I’m all for using tech (heck it’s what I do for a living). Tech in this case gets in the way of the message (in this case the words of the song). I’m NOT for using technology for technology sake and that is what appears to have been done in this song.

    IMHO this song is so over produced and the harmonizing is overbearing in the song. The message is completely lost. This could be the best lyrics ever, but it’s ruined by it’s delivery method. Again just my opinion and you know how everyone has one?

    Like some of the techniques used in the 70s, 80s and 90s, we’ll look back in the future at this time period and it was the time of auto-tune! (OK this technically wasn’t auto-tune but same concept) IMHO this song is already looking dated and it was only 5 years ago. Her other work in Frou Frou (the one you have posted and say “Let Go”) do not, you can hear the imperfections in her voice.
    .-= Investor Junkie´s last blog ..Do You Value Your Time Or Your Money More? =-.

  5. says

    We’re celebrating a bit early, to miss those crowds. A delicious dinner, at a somewhat fancy restaurant. We’ve been exercising and eating in, so this should be yummy!

    And when a woman says, ‘Don’t get me anything’, at least get her flowers! She might mean it, but she’s wishing she means enough for you to go against her word ;)
    .-= Moon Hussain´s last blog ..Check-Off Friday: Where I Am With My Goals (And Where The Hell Are You With Yours?!) =-.

  6. 20smoney says

    Since we have a little one who will be with us on V-Day, we’re doing a day of activities with a nice lunch rather than a fancy dinner out. All guys: you better do SOMETHING no matter what they say!
    .-= 20smoney´s last blog ..Are You Maxed Out On Personal Finance? =-.

  7. Cynthia says

    Chocolates………………… yum! That’s all I need, a box of chocolates and a good romatic movie on DVD at home.

  8. says

    “I used to be very sad during Valentine’s weekend when I was single.”

    Just throwing it out there, but I have some friends who are single that LOVE valentine’s day because any girl at a bar alone, is approchable.

    The Wife and I went on our first date on V-Day 9 years ago, so every year we go back to the same restauarant and even got engaged there 4 years ago. She describes it a lot better than I do:

    http://afterthealter.com/remembering-happiness-trumps-sadness/
    .-= Evan´s last blog ..Party of “No”? That is Just Garbage Populist Rhetoric =-.

  9. says

    If a woman says she doesn’t want anything… don’t listen. It may be true she doesn’t want anything lavish, but you NEED to at least acknowledge her with a little something.

    We’re trying something new this year (since Vegas didn’t pan out due to lack of babysitter). We are going to see the Valentine’s Day movie and dinner with the whole family. Romance out. LOL. But that can be made up later in the evening. >:)~
    .-= Money Funk´s last blog ..How to Increase Your Alexa Ranking =-.

  10. says

    @Mike
    Ha, thnx. Just wanted to use a song to capture a feeling of sadness, but hope this weekend for single folks everywhere. Stand strong, and keep the faith!

    @Moon Hussain
    You are a smart man! Celebrate today before the crowd, and maybe save some money! Welcome to the community!

    @20smoney
    Sweet! Didn’t know you already had a kid given your moniker…. even though 20′s can span from 21-29 :) Sounds like fun!

    @Cynthia
    Yes, me lady is choco crazy too.

    @Evan
    Bingo… and that’s why I mention in the center of the article to beaware of the SMB’s, but also “What An Opportunity” for singles everywhre this weekend!

    Next to New Year’s Eve, this is the BEST WEEKEND for singles everywhere!

  11. says

    @ neal@wealthpilgrim

    I’m with you. I love my wife and very happy she’s in my life. I can’t believe how lucky I am!

    Why must I display my affection on one specific day? Because someone a group has marketed it as so!
    .-= Investor Junkie´s last blog ..Do You Value Your Time Or Your Money More? =-.

  12. Pineview Style says

    Well, I should have planned ahead and changed my W-4 so I would have had as little taxes taken out as possible, leaving more in my paycheck. Then I could go the ATM and print out my receipt and casually set it down next to me at the Single’s Bar and let all the ladies fawn all over me this Valentine’s Day!

  13. Meg says

    I”m single, so not going on a date this weekend. However, I will be celebrating down in New Orleans, watching some parades and hanging out with good people. Hopefully it won’t rain!

    BTW, a DJ down here, wants guys to do something for their lady on V-Day. This is BECAUSE (he swears) March 14th is steak and bj day. So if you day something for your gal in Feb, she’s returning the favor next month for the guy.

  14. says

    Sadly I’m going to be spending the weekend alone — you guessed right the other day, I’m relatively newly single again (though I stand by everything I said!) Don’t worry, it’s a seasonal thing for me. We’ll both live, and we remain good friends.

    Actually I’m not alone, I’m down visiting my parents and helping out for the weekend, and their 35 year relationship is always inspiring, even though certain health issues are really pushing it to the limit right now.

    Feel I’ve brought the mood down in here. If you’re feeling happy this weekend, enjoy it with my best wishes! :)

    Everything passes, good and bad. As you say in your post, that can be a positive as well as a negative.
    .-= Monevator´s last blog ..Should you back Bolton in the China shop? =-.

  15. says

    @Pineview Style
    HAHAHAHA, nice. Make sure to press the 200% blow up button on the copier machine so the ladies don’t have to squint too hard at the bar!

    @Meg
    Oh wow! New Orleans sounds like it will be fun, and I think the DJ is right about March 14th being man day! lol. I think you are going to have a fabulously great time!

    @Monevator
    Thanks for your candor mate. Don’t listen to Imogen Heap and then jump off a bridge now ya hear? You are still part of the Yakezi Challenge for 5.5 more months!

    This weekend is exactly the time for you to go buck crazy! You could very well find the one this Sat night! TRUST ME TRUST ME!

  16. says

    Hmm I got my wife flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, a new dress, and new shoes so I guess I definitely got roped into the “must spend money on Valentine’s day” hysteria :) Although I enjoy doing it so no big deal. Great choice in choosing the song “Hide and Seek” as I never would have ever thought I would like something by Imogen Heap until hearing that song during a CSI episode and getting hooked lol
    .-= Credit Card Chaser´s last blog ..Credit Cards, Overeating, & the Credit Card “Blame Game” =-.

  17. says

    I can’t stress enough that love, and Valentine’s Day, is a two way street. My husband and I don’t ever really do anything super romantic, dinner and a movie is fine with me, but I do try to reciprocate any Valentine gesture. This year, I’m thinking Carrot Cake Cupcakes will do the trick. (My husband’s favorite kind of cake!)
    .-= Little House´s last blog ..What Makes a City Great? =-.

  18. says

    @Little House
    Oh nice! I love carat cake cupcakes, with some frosting on top! Yum! Sounds like you guys will have a lot of fun.

    @Monevator
    Even 65 year olds need love too ya know!

    @Credit Card Chaser
    Wow, nice job Joel! You going all out and making us look bad! Thank you for contributing to the US economy! lol.

    Yeah, I thought “Hide and Seek” was a good song to reflect the loneliness we feel over these type of weekends if we don’t have anybody to share the time with.

    Have a good one, and hope you score!

  19. Charlie says

    I like both those songs. I had no idea Imogen was in Frou Frou. I knew that song but had no idea she was part of a duo for that. I like buying the heart shaped chocolate boxes for 50% off the day after Valentine’s day :)

  20. The Rat says

    I think the post highlights the importance of a spouse not pushing the other for what they want for Valentine’s Day. For example, if a dude is legit, he probably already has something planned for her (maybe not planned for a considerable amount of time but at least by the day before) and it’s the thought that matters not the size of the gift. Besides, Valentine’s Day is about being with the one you love and the material side of things should be secondary.
    .-= The Rat´s last blog ..Vehicle Insurance For $50/month =-.

  21. says

    I am single this year, and it’s okay. I think I was more anxious when I was with someone and worried that they would forget or ignore the darn holiday and then I would have to struggle with the conflict between feeling neglected and thinking that I shouldn’t expect anything from such a commercial and high stress, imaginary holiday. So I guess being alone is kind of a relief this year.

    I actually hope I feel differently next year, though…
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..Eco Fraud Friday: Please Don’t Poison The One’s You Love =-.

  22. Jane says

    So long as he thinks of something, I’m happy. It doesn’t have to be anything, really, just something, if that makes sense!

  23. says

    @Charlie
    Lol, ok… too bad the fake real Valentines isn’t after Feb 14th, then guys would save a lot!

    @The Rat
    Agreed, material things are definitely secondary. Although, I really do enjoy candlelight dinners over a good bottle of wine.

    @Tracy
    That’s OK indeed! I’m sure you will feel differently next year! Interesting way to put it regarding feeling relieved. That’s good positive thinking actually!

    @Jane
    Huh? Makes sense.
    .-= admin´s last blog ..The People Asked To Get ROCKED & A Boulder Drops On Their Heads =-.

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