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Re: Today, February 14, is...

by atcroft (Monsignor)
on Feb 15, 2003 at 12:39 UTC ( #235552=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Today, February 14, is...

Well, as I read this, it actually is into the 15th, so the answer "neither" would apply. Lots of interesting comments, to which I will add my own...

And as one person mentioned, it is all about commerce, no matter what they would have you think it means. It acts to isolate those already lonely, by making them feel a failure for being alone at the moment. In college, I had several friends who nicknamed the 14th as "the Dark holiday." Too many twiterpated people. *shutter* For me, though, it is a dark reminder as well.

14 Feb 2000-I went to work that day, but spent it worried about my paternal grandmother, who was in the hospital. When I got off work, I drove to the hospital, and spent the remainder of the evening there. I was standing at the foot of the hospital bed when she passed away twelve minutes after midnight, on the 15th, only a few days shy of she and my grandfather's 54th wedding anniversary.

I hope it was a good one for you all.

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[Corion]: I guess I should not read some discussions on HackerNews - the crowd there is weirdly different - "you have to stay current in tech" (by following all the latest JS trends) is a meme there, but it doesn't really match my experience
[Corion]: At least in my area, experience can beat most new tech anyway because most new tech is just a rehash of things abandoned in the 70s and we still have a lot of that ;)
[Corion]: choroba: Ah, that will be next Friday for $work ;) Drinking enough water is key ;))
[Corion]: But then, maybe that's just my experience with things, and maybe Hacker News is just people much younger who haven't seen more than one tech cycle...
[choroba]: s/water/bear/ and s/enough/too much/
[choroba]: beer
[choroba]: oh ok
[marto]: I crashed the ScotLUG Christmas night, having never actually been to ScotLUG
[choroba]: Corion yeah, I probably already told you about how Bjarne Stroustrup was asked whether he still watched the new tech trends and what really impressed him
[choroba]: His reply was "I watch them, but I haven't been impressed in the last 10 years. There's been nothing new". That was 2 years ago :)

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