Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Valuation

Posted By on Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 7:12 AM

I screwed up and did not provide the correct departure date to The Modern Hotel for my friend's stay in Boise.

  • Ick.
So we had to find alternative accommodations as the hotel was fully booked on Saturday night, February 13. I began calling around; Hotel 43, fully booked; The Grove, fully booked; Hampton Inn, fully booked. Finally I inquired as to what is happening in Boise causing all downtown hotels to be full. "Valentine's Day?" I exclaimed. It never would have occurred to me that this Hallmark day also now requires staying in a hotel after dinner.

I am admittedly not the biggest fan of Valentine's Day. I have always avoided going out on Valentine's Day and choose instead to use the remaining 364 days of the year to celebrate with my sweetheart. The number of obligatory tokens of affection offered to sweethearts is staggering. The very sight of heart-shaped pancakes, those little stuffed animals bearing hearts and sappy Valentine's Day cards makes me cringe.

I think a fancy dinner and shacking up at The Modern on some random night, for no particular reason, is my preference.

Chaucer is certainly turning in his grave over what Valentine's Day has become.

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