Valentine’s Day Date.

February 14, 2015 at 4:12 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Valentine’s Day. Some of us love it, some of us hate it, and some of us couldn’t care less. After all, if you love someone, you don’t need a special day guilting you into a lavish, materialistic celebration. Dogs don’t give a hoot about holidays at all and they are happy to have you every day of the year. So here are 10 reasons why you’ll find no better Valentine’s Day date than your furbaby:

10. You don’t have to get dressed up. Heck, you don’t even have to shower.

9.   You won’t be disappointed in how your date looks.

8.   You can stay home. In addition to not having to get dressed up, you don’t have to worry about reservations, parking, waiting for a table, or being out in the frigid weather.

7.   You don’t have to buy flowers, chocolate, or jewelry, and you don’t need to cook a fancy dinner. Your dog will be thrilled with leftover pot roast or a couple of “Beggin’ Strips”.

6.   You can have all the wine and chocolate, and you don’t have to feel guilty for not sharing.

5.   You can pick the music. And the movie. Even if it’s the same thing you watched last year.

4.   You don’t have to worry about proposing or having your hopes dashed at not being proposed to – you have the perfect soulmate.

3.   You don’t have to worry about an argument or poorly-chosen comment ruining the evening. However, there’s still a chance of a poorly-timed fart.

2.   You don’t have to worry about your date being judgemental about their gift, the dinner, the wine, or anything else.

1.   You have got the best cuddle buddy you could ever hope for, they will still be there in the morning, and they’ll still think you’re the greatest thing since the invention of “Snausages”.




Valentine’s Day Facts

February 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I hope that you are spending this romantic day with your special someone.

Here are some facts about Valentine’s Day that are not commonly known. *

  • Teachers receive the most valentines, followed by kids, mothers, wives and sweethearts.
  • Over 50 percent of all Valentine’s Day cards are purchased in the six days prior to the holiday.
  • The oldest surviving valentine dates from 1415. It is a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife. At the time, the duke was being held in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt.
  • One billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year behind Christmas. Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.
  • Hallmark produced its first valentine in 1913.
  • Today, Hallmark employs an 80-person research staff to analyze the sales pattern of previous valentines. That analysis, combined with more than 100,000 annual customer interviews, focus groups, and in-store observations, will help create roughly 2,000 cards in Hallmark’s core Valentine’s Day line.
  • In Japan, women are expected to give chocolate and other gifts to men on Valentine’s Day. This tradition was started as a marketing campaign by Japanese chocolate companies. Men are not off the hook, unfortunately. They are expected to return the favor on March 14th, commonly known as White Day.
  • The roots of St. Valentine’s Day can be traced back to the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia. On Lupercalia, a young man would draw the name of a young woman in a lottery and would then keep the woman as a sexual companion for the year.
  • In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. Today, to wear your heart on your sleeve means being transparent with your affections.
  • For every 120 single men who are in their 20’s, there are 100 single women in the same age range. The story changes drastically when we look at people over 65. Beyond 65, there are 33 single men for every 100 single women of the same age range. I guess all that extra spending for Valentine’s day takes a toll.
  • According to the condom company Durex, condom sales are highest around Valentine’s Day, which are 20 to 30 percent higher than usual.
  • More at-home pregnancy tests are sold in March than in any other month. (Coincidence, I think not).
  • Penicillin, the ‘go to’ treatment for venereal diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea, was introduced to the world on February 14, 1929. (Again, coincidence, I think not).

It ain’t easy having a Valentine. In fact, it can be downright expensive. The average American will spend $119.67 on Valentine’s Day this year, up from $100.89 last year. Men spend almost twice as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156… while the average woman will only spend $85. Around Valentine’s Day season, a dozen long-stemmed roses can cost an average of $75… or about 30% more than the normal price of $58.

More than one-third of men would prefer not receiving a gift. However, less than 20 percent of women feel the same way.
More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets this Valentine’s Day.
And, 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.

And finally, how do Americans spend their money on Valentine’s Day? In descending order, the most frequently purchased items are:

Valentine’s Day card – 65%
Date Night – 44%
Candy – 38%
Flowers – 32%
Merchandise Gift Cards – 29%
Plush Animals – 21%
Perfume/cologne – 12%
Jewelry – 11%

To wrap this post up, if you find yourself single this Valentine’s Day, congratulations, you saved a ton of money…now go spend some of it on yourself. If you still feel left out, not having a Valentine, let me know. I would like to offer my services as your “spirit Valentine”. Spirit Valentine means that you aren’t going to receive a card, candy, flowers, or anything else. But you will at least know that someone is thinking about you and cares enough to offer to be your Valentine.


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