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My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:

by vroom (His Eminence)
on Feb 11, 2001 at 05:41 UTC ( #57685=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Writing Obfuscated Perl to gain the favor of that special someone
[bar] 42/12%
Uploading B::Mine to CPAN
[bar] 17/5%
Contemplating the perfect birthday (present|/msg) for ailie
[bar] 13/4%
Contributing to the internet fortune of *flower*.com
[bar] 37/11%
Denying the existence/relevance of V-Day
[bar] 74/22%
Researching the St. Valentines Massacre
[bar] 23/7%
[bar] 60/17%
[bar] 77/22%
343 total votes
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suggestions for those who chose door #3
by ailie (Friar) on Feb 11, 2001 at 09:15 UTC

    It's true! I'll be 24 on Valentine's Day. To help you monks out, I've assembled a brief list of items I'd like for my birthday:

    • one of those sexy G4 Powerbooks or those adorable cubes
    • a Bernina
    • a VW Beetle, midnight blue, with blackwatch plaid upholstery. Old beetle is preferred, but I'll take one of those newfangled ones if necessary
    • pearls (Apparently some of you have your minds in the gutters. I don't even want to know. Follow the damn link.)
    • a neverending gift certificate to Powell's Books
    • my very own Wookiee sidekick
    • John Cusack
    • vroom
    • chocolate

    Happy shopping!


Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by footpad (Abbot) on Feb 11, 2001 at 10:29 UTC
    Making d@mn3d sure my wife gets her traditional bouquet of one dozen pink roses delivered to work. I may shop online, but that doesn't mean I trust online vendors.

    I'm a simple man. If my wife is happy, then I'm happy...

    If her online flowers don't arrive on time, well, it'll only accelerate when I pick up the "back-up" bouquet. If it's not needed, then she'll get a second set of flowers. If it *is* needed, well, I'll deliver them to her office myself.

    The secret here, boys, is to carefully market your backup strategies.


    Update: Thanks, Thaigrrl, for the warning, but that's why I use the backup bouquet. I either win points for hand-delivering it or I win points for suprising her with a second one at home. Also, I've never had those problems with

    Update #2, 14 Feb. 2001: The backup bouquet wasn't needed, so my wife will be receiving flowers "from" our two year old daughter. Like I said, the secret is careful marketing of your backup strategies. :D

    Edit by theorbtwo: thaigrrl has been renamed.

      footpad just an FYI about ordering online flowers -
      I saw a whole special on the news about them.

      They ordered flowers from that ftd place and all of the buds were already past blossomed and already wilting by the time they arrived. And they have documented countless cases of the same thing from other consumers.

      Also keep in mind that since it is the highest flower purchasing day - the chances of them screwing up the order quadruples.

      This goes out to anyone who is planning on purchasing some stems for their sweetheart. Be advised that it might be safer and more worth your cash if you just stop by the local flower shop and have them arrange by hand a bouquet.
      Just thought I'd pass on this knowledge. Happy V-Day (not veterans day - the other one :) )

Re (tilly) 1: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by tilly (Archbishop) on Feb 12, 2001 at 04:12 UTC
    Biting my tongue over why all of those "hearts" are shaped nothing like a real heart. As I have been known to comment, many things live on in popular culture long after people have forgotten what they are about. Sometimes it is better that way...

    Apparently jcwren disagrees.

      Feeling confused by cryptic comments?

      Then perhaps this (or here, if that's broken) will clarify it. (not recommended for children under 15)


      e-mail jcwren
Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by japhy (Canon) on Feb 12, 2001 at 23:12 UTC
    "Other". The New York Perl Mongers are hosting Damian Conway that evening, and I'm going.

    My girlfriend understands. She's a couple hundred miles away. She's already received her gift.

    No moping involved.

    japhy -- Perl and Regex Hacker
Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by amelinda (Friar) on Feb 12, 2001 at 21:46 UTC
    Lessee... My plan for VD1 starts on Tuesday:
    • Try to get off of work early
    • Come home and put the last few items into the truck
    • Kiss loving husband goodbye
    • Drive to Estrella War (near Phoenix)
    • Arrive on site at about 8am
    • Unpack the truck and find some big guy to help me set up the tent
    • Go visit my grandparents (in Paradise Valley)
    • Pick up said loving husband from the airport in the evening
    • Go back to the grandparents' house
    • Finally go to sleep
    Woo. Woo. But then, Cathyn and I aren't big on the whole VD thing anyway. But then, I hate holidays in general - usually not because of what they stand for, but the butchering job that Hallmark has perpetrated upon the US. Fscking Hallmark.

    1 Yes, I deliberately pick an abbreviation that has another, less pleasant meaning. I despise the disgusting ways in which holidays in the US have been subverted by the Church of Consumerism.
      <large>VIVAT! :-)</large>

      and good luck...

      Roy Alan

Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by turnstep (Parson) on Feb 11, 2001 at 08:12 UTC

    Those were all funny answers, but I hand to answer "other." I am looking foward to a nice quiet night at home. Go out to dinner? Are you crazy? Do you know how busy it will be? Flowers? At the unethical prices they charge this time of year? No way. A nice home cooked meal for my S.O. is all I am planning. The obfuscated valentine is a nice idea, but unfortunately, my better half is still being guided through "Learning Perl" so it would not mean much. Maybe next year, however :)

Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by lemming (Priest) on Feb 11, 2001 at 09:32 UTC
    I'm another vote for other. Though it was tempting to get a reservation at Atwater's since it's also their last night in business. But as turnstep said, they're mob scenes. You usually get a pre-planned dinner at a higher price that while nice, is being shared with however many other people. Plus the wait staff only motivation to be there is to get a better tip from the romantics.
    Plan for the day:
    A lovely doctor's appt at the Nose, Ear, Throat doctor.
    Cram in as much work as possible to make up for the next two weeks of vacation which will be the real Valentine's present.
    That night, I'll pick up some flowers for my wife, but we'll spend the night at home. Negotiations are still in progress in what the meal shall be and who will do the majority of the preparation.
    Go to bed early since we have a road trip to San Jose the next morning.
    Depending on the mood I may request a J. Geils song from the radio station.

    -Mark Lemming
    ps. Happy birthday ailie

    Update in a semi-footpad style:
    Behind schedule in packing. Spent the morning doing some work from home. Got the tires rotated and oil changed. Wow, were the mechanics non-busy or what? I drove in and out of both places ~45 minutes later.
    Then to the Nose, Ear, Throat guy. My MRI hadn't shown up there so based on symptoms and and the report, they'll shove a needle in and do some gross bits. (My wife is looking forward to watching, though she rathered I didn't have to have it done)
    Then a rush to work. (only did 36 hours in three days, I feel like a slacker)
    And then tonight, a mad flurry of packing. I think my wife and I will celebrate Valentine's Day late in New Orleans

Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by dmckee (Scribe) on Feb 11, 2001 at 22:38 UTC
    Moping? It's not going to get that messy is it?

    My plans are probably sitting in front of a computer at

    Hopefully, this'll all change when I go to university...

      No, that's moping, not mopping! Moping is sitting around being depressed. I'm not going to speculate on what Valentine's day activities lead to mopping, the act of cleaning up with a mop.

      -- Kirby

Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by Zo (Scribe) on Feb 12, 2001 at 20:34 UTC
    This is the best time to go out and party! Everyone's single and just in the mood to get drunk, forget about their unloving lives and have fun with others in the same situation (like me, yup I'm pathetic like that.)..misery loves company!

    :o) -Zo.
Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by mikfire (Deacon) on Feb 13, 2001 at 03:38 UTC
    Surely this is against the rules! Where is the CowboyNeal option? I feel cheated.


(jeffa) Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by jeffa (Bishop) on Feb 13, 2001 at 06:16 UTC
    What's "Valentine's" day? Is it another one of those "real world" things?


Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by the_slycer (Chaplain) on Feb 13, 2001 at 20:56 UTC
Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by Maclir (Curate) on Feb 12, 2001 at 02:14 UTC
    Moping. Deep blue funk moping. What else can you do when your one true love is 8,200 miles away? Sniff.
Moping for Fun and Profit
by danichka (Hermit) on Feb 14, 2001 at 12:26 UTC
    I mope every day, but I have some serious thanks-again-for-reminding-me-that-I-am-all-alone moping planned. If I get drunk enough though I may have to plan some serious mopping as well...

      I don't know what the National Janitorial Unions (local #437) official policy on mopping while drunk is. Seems like you could get into a lot of trouble if you were messing with power floor buffers, tho.


      e-mail jcwren
Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by josh (Scribe) on Feb 15, 2001 at 00:43 UTC
    um, i haven't left my room in 18.5 years. could someone explain
    to me what this "valentines day" thing is before i vote?

    josh ;-)
      I was aiming at getting drunk, but it appears that I havent got the time for it. I guess itll have to wait until the weekend. :(
Re: My Valentine's Day Planning Includes:
by cadfael (Friar) on Feb 13, 2001 at 22:36 UTC
    Having a root canal. Yup.

    "Computeri non cogitant, ergo non sunt"

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