Believe me, I hate this holiday.
I don't hate it as much as I did when I was more cynical (although it basically just means Date Night gets moved to a different night of the week). But pre-packaged ideas of romance drive me batty. I like what I like, and there's no industry that can tell me otherwise, though they try to convince me things like this are the ideal:
(I am not responsible for this picture.)
Seriously, does anyone really look good in white? And whose whacked idea was it to have a random long piece of white netting dangling from a girl's head?
That's why I got a blue wedding dress.
That's one of many reasons I picked out (yes, picked out) a sapphire ring (just one ring, no engagement/wedding band thing).
That's why, although I understand other people's enjoyment of the holiday, I don't buy V-D crap. I could always, always ALWAYS spend that money on something better. Don't ask me to count the ways; I will go on and on and this entry will never end.
And for those of you who dislike Valentine's Day from a more cynical standpoint, check this out. It's sure to keep you feeling cynical till the Holiday Inventors of DOOM fall to their knees.