Posted tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

A Valentine’s Ramble

February 14, 2021

It snowed here in Daybreak, Utah last night.  Looks to me like 4 or 5 inches, the most we’ve had this year.  Cue the music … I’m Dreaming of a White Valentines Day … which does not, by the way, make up for this year’s Brown  Christmas.   For many years. my wife, Muri, and I went away for Valentines Day, where went away covered anything from staying at a nice hotel in the LA area to spending the weekend in some romantic distant place.   Perhaps the best of these was a weekend in Sedona.  We were talking yesterday about this year like no other, about how long its been since we actually went on a date.  That would be dinner at an odd little … (forgettable little) … (expensive little) … seafood restaurant in Salt Lake and a Utah Symphony concert OVER A YEAR AGO.  This comes after over fifty years of Saturday night dates.  Sixteen years ago, Valentine’s Day became my oldest grandson’s birthday.   Valentine’s Dates become getting away to Arizona and later, Utah, to spend the 14th with our daughter’s family to celebrate his birthday.   It wasn’t romantic but it was certainly about love. (more…)

From the Heart

February 14, 2019

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Whether you are a romantic or not, whether you have a Valentine in your life or hate the day as 45% of Americans do, unless you lock yourself in your room today with the television off, you will see hearts everywhere. And odds are that somewhere during the day, you will hear someone say, I love you with all my heart. Now I think most people who know me would say I am a romantic, but I am also a scientist, a scientist who has within the past few years had a thorough evaluation of his heart by a

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cardiologist. I assure you, he was not checking to see if I could love my Valentine, my wife Muri, in the way she deserves. No, he was making sure that a cardiac misfire hadn’t caused a blackout I experienced while riding my bike. It hadn’t and I’m fine, by the way, but having peered at my heart valves on the ultrasound machine, I know that my heart is a muscle, albeit a very sophisticated one. So what’s with all this Love from the Heart nonsense?

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Valentime’s Day

February 14, 2016

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I am a romantic.  But I am also a curmudgeon.  Being a Romantic Curmudgeon is an oxymoron?  Just who are you calling a moron?   Anyway, you’ve probably noticed that Valentine’s Day is commonly mispronounced as Valentime’s Day.   I searched a bit to see if I could discover why but there seems to be no consistent explanation, although there is a lot of interesting … and humorous … discussion here.  I found this interesting:

It has a lot to do with the formation of the phonemes in the mouth. We have a tendency toward certain phonemic combinations that are easier to pronounce when speaking quickly. When you say, “Valentimes”, the progression through your mouth (pay attention to your tongue), is from back to front. If you say, “Valentines”, there is a break in that pattern where your tongue must slip backwards to pronounce the “-ines” portion of the word. Our mouths and tongues like easy, and will seek that out when possible. It is linguistic laziness.

I also discovered that the world seems to be neatly divided into those who find the mispronunciation very annoying and those that don’t give a rat’s patoot.  I would fall in the former group (partly because I’m not sure what a patoot is), somewhat short of a Grammar Nazi but certainly a member in good standing of the Grammar Police.  So, let’s make this clear: ValentiNe’s Day. (more…)

With All My …

February 14, 2015

heartWhether you are a romantic or not, whether you have a Valentine in your life or hate the day as 45% of Americans do, unless you lock yourself in your room today with the television off, you will see hearts everywhere.  And odds are that somewhere during the day, you will hear someone say, I love you with all my heartNow I think most people who know me would say  I am a romantic, but I am also a scientist, a scientist who has within the past few years had a thoroughheart evaluation of his heart by a cardiologist.  I assure you, he was not checking to see if I could love my Valentine, my wife Muri, in the way she deserves.  No, he was making sure that a cardiac misfire hadn’t caused a blackout I experienced while riding my bike.  It hadn’t and I’m fine, by the way, but having peered at my heart valves on the ultrasound machine, I know that my heart is a muscle, albeit a very sophisticated one.  So what’s with all this Love from the Heart nonsense? (more…)

Valentines Day at 68

February 14, 2013

heartsIf you visit Bud’s Blog very often, you know that I am a sports fan, in spite of the excesses of many of our spoiled athletes.  And you know that when I am in the car, I often listen to sports talk radio, in spite of the sophomoric cast of characters younger listeners seem to prefer.  Why does sports talk have to sound like a junior high locker room??   For about three weeks, the local sports talk weenies have been hawking Valentines Day gifts guys can order online.  There are flowers … a dozen roses or two dozen plus chocolates for only $9.99 more.  There are chocolate covered strawberries.  There are teddy bears from Vermont.  There are chocolates with a diamond necklacechocolates hidden inside … the sparkle she sees will match the sparkle in her eyes.   And there’s the always popular pajama-gram, guaranteed to get your lady to take off her clothes.   And why should we run to our computers and order right away?  Well, according to these geniuses, the Number One reason is that you’ll be in real trouble if you forget Valentine’s Day … again.   Reason Two is that she’ll show her appreciation. They’re not talking about saying, Thank You.  Reason Three is to impress her friends (or co-workers if you have your gift delivered at work).   Note:  Telling your significant other you love her is nowhere in sight.  Apparently, the sports talk weenies are incapable of saying the L-word.  Yet, according to a survey conducted by Luth Research for the online flower purveyor, Pro Flowers, 91% of the men who give flowers on Valentines Day say they do so to show their love.  I suppose I just wanted to keep the old lady off my back wasn’t an option in the survey. (more…)

A Pragmatic Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012

I don’t remember my Dad making a big deal of Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure he did something, probably involving Whitman’s Chocolates.  I remember taking Valentines to school and the mini-agonies of getting fewer than your friends or picking out a special one for a girl but not getting one in return.  As a husband, I always tried to surprise Muri for Valentine’s Day, reading dozens of cards to find what that was just right, and buying her lots of presents including her favorite, See’s Candy.  In the best years for our business, the gifts were quite extravagant and given during Valentine’s Day mini-vacations in beautiful places.   Now, we’re in our sixties.  When holidays roll around, neither of us can think of gifts we really want … or, as Muri puts it, The things I want you can’t buy.  Besides, Valentine’s Day is my oldest grandson’s birthday and we’re here to help him celebrate.   So, it will be A Pragmatic Valentine’s Day, carefully picked out cards and I love you, nothing more.  To be honest, I can’t get used to it. (more…)

Monday Smiles – 2/14/2011

February 14, 2011

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Somewhere around our 30th Anniversary, my wife and I began taking mini-vacations for Valentine’s Day.   We’d leave on the Friday closest to February 14th, stay at hotel and fill our days with the things we love to do … sports, theater, movies and, of course, dinners.   It started out local … Marina Del Rey and Los Angeles, then gradually moved out to San Diego, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.   We also went to Sedona, Arizona and Sante Fe, New Mexico.   Sedona was probably our favorite.   The setting of red rocks and forests is unforgettable and romantic.  We (more…)