Valentine’s Day: some people love it, some people resent it, but no one wants to mess it up if they are participating. Since it seems to be a big concern this time of year, here is some advice to both men and women on how not to mess up this Valentine’s Day. The countdown begins here:
10. “I’m really tired, but I guess I’ll go out.”
If you’re tired, drink some coffee and go to dinner with your loved one. No one wants to hang out with someone who doesn’t want to be with him or her.
9. “Just pick whatever you want to do, I don’t care.”
Again, being forced into something is not an appealing V-day attitude. This also puts the pressure on one person in the relationship. Decide what you want to do together, it will make your partner happy to know that you want to have a memorable experience as a couple.
8. “Let me just text work…then schedule a meeting…answer a few emails…I’ve gotta take this.”
If you can put work on hold for at least part of the day, try to do so. You might not get a lot of time to spend with your loved ones between busy work weeks, late nights at the office, etc. Now is the time to take advantage of this togetherness, so put the spreadsheets away.
7. “We can go after I finish this level.”
Somewhat understandable, but it’s really inconsiderate to make your Valentine a second priority, especially to video games. It makes you kind of rude.
6. “How hot is that waiter/waitress?”
This should probably be a given.
5. “I don’t know what you want me to do.”
4. “It’s Valentine’s Day?”
Somehow, this isn’t the worst one, but it’s pretty close. It doesn’t mean you don’t care, but it will certainly come off that way. Mark a calendar or write it in your phone. You have no excuse.
3. “It’s not really my thing.”
2. “Valentine’s Day was Just invented by Hallmark, blah blah blah…”
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See the above. Just because it’s a very commercial holiday doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own and show your partner that you care in a personal way. They’ll like that better than a card with a puppy, guaranteed.
1. “Can I bring Dave?”
Dave from the laser tag arena? Sure. I give up.
Just to be clear, “I'm seeing someone else” is the real #1.