It’s Not a Big Deal

No Big Deal


We have a chance to break the record for snowiest winter ever…So, we have that going for us. I can’t remember a more miserable winter and with everything else we’re dealing with, it’s like piling on.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, and I only know that because I actually have my shows this weekend, it made me think back to last Valentine’s Day.

It’s really not a big deal for me. I’ve worked most Valentine’s Days because it’s a day when people go out. It’s a day when bars and restaurants are able to gouge you with special menus. Basically the same food as every other day but it costs twice as much on the heart shaped menu.

Hey, if people are willing to pay, why not charge more? Restaurants aren’t the only ones. This weekend you’ll pay four times as much for a dozen roses as you do the rest of the year.

“Here, I just spent a hundred bucks on something you’ll be throwing in the trash in three days. Happy Valentine’s Day.”

This is definitely not a day geared towards men. It goes against all of our principles. We have to spend money, we have to try to be romantic…OK, maybe there’s only two principles. That’s why women tell us we’re shallow.

Oh, and there’s also no way we’re getting through this day without some kind of questioning or argument.

“You really don’t like doing anything romantic, do you?”

“Since you already know that…why do I have to talk about it? I have no way of winning here.”

Even though you’re not thinking you’re doing something wrong, you’re doing something wrong.

Let’s say every year you give her candy. Then one year you do something extra nice and give her jewelry. You think you did something nice and she’ll really like it until…

“Why did you get me this instead of candy? What…do you think I’m fat?”

Give up, there’s no way to win guys. Yeah, I know, you’re going to do it anyway and for what? Special Sex!…Holiday Sex!…Special Holiday Bonus Sex!

I remember those days. That was a while back. We’ve been together a long time now. There’s nothing Special or Bonus these days. Now it’s,

“You’ll get what you get and be happy.”

I love guys who’ve been married less than a couple of years. They think,

“It’s always going to be like this.”

Stupid bastards.

Anyway, we acknowledge the holiday in the Knight house. It’s just not that big of a deal. Probably because my even temper and cheerful attitude make every day seem like Valentine’s Day…Yeah, shut up!

Last year February 14 fell on a Friday. I had a class going at the time and that happened to work with the day I usually schedule the graduation show. I couldn’t move it back a week or two because it was the only Friday I had open through April…of course I would end up having most of my weekends open but, I didn’t know that at the time.

When I scheduled it I really didn’t think twice about it. Most of the students were ok with it. I had a girl who was still in High School and she wasn’t thrilled about it. Holiday’s mean more to you when you’re seventeen. At least that’s what I’ve been told…I don’t remember.

I probably wouldn’t even be thinking about the class show on Valentine’s night last year if it didn’t seem so long ago. That’s the last time I remember things being normal. Within a month, everything would change.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been dealing with this for close to a year now, with no end in sight. Yeah, but we have the chance to break the all-time snow record. We have that going for us.


  1. Robert Miles says:

    This “holiday” discriminates against single people.
    Good read John! 😆

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