I don’t think I’m quite as cynical as that title and picture suggest. You just have to understand my variable attitude towards Valentine’s Day – if I have a sweetie, I’m all over it, and I’ll do what I can to imbue the day with some sweetness, romance, and all that good stuff. If, as usual, I don’t have a sweetie, I tend more toward hip detachment, explaining to anyone who will listen that it’s just a crass, Hallmark-generated holiday. OK, so it’s not the most intellectually honest way to handle the situation, but it has its benefits. In that spirit, I offer the following thoughts for the occasion:
My friend FP often cites this quote from Ted Danson on the TV series Becker: “The only man who knew how to celebrate Valentine’s Day was Al Capone!”
I looked to see what famous people were born on Feb. 14. There are a few worth noting. If by chance Jimmy Hoffa is still alive, he’ll be celebrating his 92nd birthday. If Vic Morrow had been able to keep his head when all those about him were losing theirs, he’d be turning 73. And if Jack Benny were still alive, he’d be turning 39.
Continuing with this birthday theme, the day before or the day after would be much better days to mark as holidays – MUCH cooler birthdays! Check it out – Feb. 13: Peter Gabriel, Chuck Yeager, Grant Wood, and Bess Truman. Feb. 15: Matt Groening, John Barrymore, Susan B. Anthony, and Galileo! Oh yeah, one more for Feb. 14: Florence Henderson. I rest my case.