Valentine's Day, we just can't quit you (#postvday)
We made it -- it is now the day after Valentine's Day. The world's most romantic 24 hours came and went with a flurry of teddy bears, floral arrangements, Barry White CDs and probably way too much boxed wine.
I wrote yesterday about wishing my fellow single roommate a happy Valentine's Day, and by last night, after I'd lived through the insane amount of attention the Internet and its denizens gave the day -- the cherry on top being a piece called "Why You're Not Married" -- the two of us ended up on the couch together watching horrible reality television.
In other words, it was one of the nicer Valentine's Days I've had.
"Are we supposed to be sad?" I asked him during a commercial break.
He looked at me for a moment.
"No," he said with a smile, setting me up for a joke. "I'm about this lonely every day of my life."
Then he headed to the kitchen for more wine.
It's no secret that Valentine's Day is the one holiday that comes with expectations that are impossible for most of us to meet, no matter our station in life. And it just so happens that the Web producers of the world are scarily fast at supplying content for the lovelorn. Exhibit A: HuffPost Divorce, a site fully loaded today with depressing content for divorce survivors.
"Is Marriage Toxic to Women?" "Divorced on Valentine's Day?"
A day of warm champagne and drugstore flowers makes people realize what they're missing. It's time to ditch the unremarkable spouses and trade up -- for a lawyer.
Drugstore flowers and divorce lawyers? Bleak. But luckily, creative Internet dwellers also jump into the fray with clever jabs at this blessedly ridiculous day of all things Cupid. For starters, there's "The Phases of Dating" and the entirety of the Someecards.com Valentine's Day inventory. And if you really want a laugh, check out the A.V. Club's hilarious compilation of rapper Ghostface Killah's tips for Valentine's Day. Here's a gem:
Cook for her if you could, if you know how to cook. If not take her to get something to eat.
Finally, this video was spotted by BlogPost contributor Liz, and it pretty much sums up the post-V-Day negativity.
So, really, why so serious?
How did you make it though Valentine's Day?
Tweet We're admittedly close to overdosing on the concept, but BlogPost wants to know how you spent your Valentine's Day. Were there roses involved? Lingerie? How about boxed wine? Karaoke? Tell us your story in the comments below or by using #postvday on Twitter.
| February 15, 2011; 1:38 PM ET
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