February 13, 2004

Second Annual Festival of Solitude

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at February 13, 2004 3:57 PM

Yesterday I celebrated Darwin Day; tomorrow I celebrate Valentine's Day The Festival of Solitude.

The fundamental principle of the Festival of Solitude is that being single is a choice I make, and equally worth celebrating. (This seems especially true in light of recent events.) Last year I cooked a steak dinner for myself and watched my favorite movie, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. I intend to do something similar this year, but I want to involve Kill Bill vol. 1 in some way. It's a perfect choice for this occasion: lone heroine The Bride embodying the very essence of strength in solitude; no romance; and plenty of gratuitous violence to satisfy my residual bitterness about the holiday. Unfortunately I have to drive to Milpitas to see it, and it's not clear if there's a good way to fit that in to my other plans of eating red meat and drinking an entire bottle of wine. I'll figure something out.

In other Valentine's Day news:

Saudi Arabia bans the holiday, and fundamentalist Hindus aren't keen on the idea either. For that matter, they probably don't support my mode of celebration, what with the steak and all.

The Plastic Valentine's Day thread is once again a source of amusement.


Every year of my life (that I can remember) my parents have celebrated Valentine's Day exactly the same way: my mother, who loves the "holiday", gives us candy, cards, little presents...then my father, who hates Valentine's Day, has to deliver this diatribe on how much he hates the day and how he doesn't need Hallmark to tell him how to love his family, blah blah blah...then my mother gets defensive and mopey and sighs around the house for the rest of the day...

...ahhhhh family traditions....

Posted by: Tracy | February 16, 2004 9:13 AM
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