OK, most everyone that knows me, is well aware that I HATE Valentine's Day. That said, I try to save my ire until after the "holiday" to vent so as not to spoil it for anyone else.
Today is the fifteenth; time for Old Uncle Nick to let it rip.
The top complaints I hear about VD:
- There is so much pressure for men to come up with the "ultimate romantic gesture."
- "Have you seen the price of..." roses, chocolate, jewelry, fancy dinners, etc?
- The romantic getaway planned looks nothing, I mean NOTHING, like it did online.
- She (or he, depending on your orientation) never actually says what she (he) wants for VD.
- If you did great last year, you are expected to do even better this year.
- She (he) spent the whole time texting her friends during our VD date.
- He (or she, again, depending on your orientation) automatically expects sex on VD.
- He (she) spent too much/too little on VD.
- He (she) didn't dress nice (or shave) for that fancy dinner.
- He (she) spent his (her) whole time checking the sports scores/playing games on the phone during our VD date.
- He (she) spent more time with his (her) mother than with me on VD!
- Can you believe he (she) FORGOT VD?
In my younger days, my response would have been simply, "Get over yourselves!" But your Uncle Nick is older and wiser now; well, older and more experienced at any rate.
Obviously not the complete list of complaints, but these are the biggies. Most of these complaints can be solved quickly and easily, though: communication. Yes, that means actually TALKING about any plans for VD, and for Heaven's sake, be HONEST! If you want that romantic getaway, tell him... If that getaway isn't in the budget, tell her --then plan a little "getaway" at home.
So, now that we have gotten past the "couples' complaints," what about the rest of us, the singles/divorced, etc? This is where Uncle Nick's Ultimate I H8 VD Playlist comes in:
- The Motels Only the Lonely
- Train 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
- The Clash (or Annie Lennox's cover) Train in Vain
- Hall & Oates Say it Isn't So
- Laura Branigan How am I Supposed to Live Without You (yes, there is Michael Bolton's version, and he is one of the co-writers, but Laura Branigan's is still the best version IMO)
- Heart If Looks Could Kill
- Yes Owner of a Lonley Heart
- Scandal Goodbye to You
- The Saw Doctors I Useta Lover
- David Bowie Modern Love
- Eagles I Can't Tell You Why
- Eagles Desperado
- Eagles The Sad Cafe
- Eagles Already Gone (OK, that's enough Eagles, although there are more)
- Lady Antebellum Need You Now
- Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) Telephone Line
- Jim Croce Operator (since we're on a bit of a telephone run)
- The Pretenders Thin Line Between Love and Hate (yes, again there are other, even earlier, versions of this song, but this is still my favorite)
- Sheryl Crow Leaving Las Vegas
- Eurythmics Thorn In My Side
- Blondie Heart of Glass
- Journey I'll Be Alright Without You
- Journey Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
- The Go-Go's Vacation (yes, believe it or not, this is a break-up song --our heroine takes off on a vacation to get over a guy)
- Joe Jackson Is She Really Going Out With Him
There are many, many more songs I could have included, Heaven knows I could have picked about half of the country songs out there, but this will get you started.