Driving Off Tomorrow, Never Coming Back

3. Hit the road. If you want to be solitary and pensive for the day, maybe you could just get in your car and go for a drive. (Some of us will be stuck riding the subway, but oh well.) You know, get on the highway and go flying for a bit. Safely, of course. And you should probably have some goal in mind, lest you go too far in any one direction and then get stuck having to get a motel for the night or something. Really the point is to get out of your house, out of the office; put some distance between you and the weary little world you shamble around in every day. Put on some upliftingly sad or sadly uplifting songs — think Fleetwood, think Annie Lennox, hell, think fun. — and look at the big sky there in the windshield and remember that, all things considered, you’re free. You really are. You can go any place, any time you want. Who needs some loving companion tying them down? This is the life, fancy free and on the wind. You pack light, you move to the rhythms of your own heart.

Richard Lawson wrote some tips on how to survive Valentine’s Day as a single person. But I think his fifth bit of advice (“5. Remember that Valentine’s Day is stupid.”) is the most sensible one. Stay in! Everything costs more on Valentine’s Day anyway. Last year, I walked by an Olive Garden on 6th Avenue and there was a line of couples waiting to get in wrapping around the block! Insane. Also, as a perfectly happy single, Logan made me watch The Vow with her. I bought the tickets, but it ended up being free because the projector broke down after 20 minutes and we had to wait for the theater to fix it. As I recall, the film was not good. We should have hit the road instead.

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CubeRootOfPi (#1,098)

And also remember that Valentine’s Day candy is 50% off the next day.

squishycat (#3,000)

@CubeRootOfPi This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore :( I used to do epic post-V-Day chocolate runs, but now it seems like you get a better deal if you scout the pre-Valentine’s sales, or wait at least a couple of weeks, at which point the selection is crap, even if it is cheap.

amirite (#2,677)

@squishycat Yeah, I find that with Halloween and Easter candy too. Sad days.

ATF@twitter (#1,471)

@CubeRootOfPi This sadly doesn’t help me. I bought the last bag of cinnamon jelly hearts that CVS had last night. Double sad whammy of paying full price and there being no more until next year.

kellyography (#250)

@squishycat A couple weeks?! Where do they still have holiday stuff out a couple weeks after the holiday is over? Target and Duane Reade take their stuff down the next DAY to make way for Easter. It’s maddening.

TheDilettantista (#1,255)

Um I am not single and I still skip doing Valentine’s Day on Valentine’s Day (minus, you know, a token card and maybe some balloons if I am feeling fancy). I’ll be bringing some (store-bought, feeling lazy) cupcakes to work for my coworkers tomorrow, because one never needs an excuse for cupcakes, and manfriend and I will be going out to eat on Friday night (as many people do!), not Valentine’s Day. Since he’s in school and we’re trying to save money, just going out to eat at all at a semi-nice restaurant is special enough.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll use the free pizza code I won from Papa John’s as a prize for guessing the correct side of the Super Bowl coin toss. Mm, Valentine’s Day pizza…

Overall, Valentine’s Day is pretty dumb.

Blondsak (#2,299)

@TheDilettantista My boyfriend and I are ordering a Papa John’s heart-shaped pizza special tonight for V-Day dinner.

readyornot (#816)

General rule: celebrate dates which are specific to you (birthdays, anniversaries, other) by going out, celebrate society-wide holidays in or with otherwise free activity like walking in the park. I hate the Valentine’s Day scene and feeling forced to buy anything!

Renleigh (#2,110)

@readyornot I really like that approach.

inspector_tiger (#2,651)

@readyornot this is a great rule, and one I normally follow, but then my boyfriend and me accomplished to not celebrate our anniversary for over 8 month, so now we’re doing Valentine’s Day instead (well, not today, tommorow. Ok, I see a pattern emerging)

Sallymander (#3,159)

Blech, Olive Garden! Seriously what is the deal with Valentine’s day anyway? I’m not even speaking as a single person; I just think the whole deal is insane. It’s cold and dark! Stay in! Or bundle up and go for a snowy walk in the woods with your lover, or your friend, or your dog, or yourself a la Thoreau on Walden.

Norrey (#407)

My partner, who doesn’t work today, is giving me a clean house for Valentine’s Day. It’s free, and way more appreciated then jewelry or chocolates or whatever else.

Blondsak (#2,299)

@Norrey Now THAT is a gift.

@Norrey That’s what I gave mine too! And he’s giving me a ride home from work tonight since I am working late. Would we do it anyway? probably. But it’s valentines day so it counts as a gift.

As a (happily) married person, I can’t agree enough with number 5. I will be doing nothing special…and if waiting in a queue for Olive Garden is a viable alternative, I think I’m definitely doing the right thing!

blair (#1,962)

Shout-out to everyone who went to see “The Vow” ironically and ended up disappointed and/or a little tipsy at a theater that not only serves cocktails but lets you TAKE THEM TO YOUR SEATS

Got smarter this year and plan on seeing “Safe Haven” alone, in a dry theater near the NYC Port Authority, before boarding an overnight Greyhound. ~V-Day holla~

kellyography (#250)

I don’t care about V-Day, but I’m also not, like, morally and righteously against it. It just feels weirdly forced, and I’m not that into flowers and stuff anyway. Also, I walk by that Olive Garden every day. It amazes me that people go there when there are actual great eateries in a couple-block radius.

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