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Old February 10 2013, 10:46 AM   #76
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Re: 2nd Annual Valentine's Day Extravaganza!

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An instruction manual.

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What did they get you?
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Old February 10 2013, 11:02 AM   #77
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at tehrisk of sounding foolish: could someone please explein in detail all the Valentine customs in the US? I know them only from vague references on TV (The Peanuts, for example). Over here, you give your S.O. a few flowers ane maybe if you're very romantic a breakfast in bed, but that's it. In the US it seems to be a very complicated ritual involving chocolates, flowers and cards (preferably homemade ones?). It's puzzling for a foreigner.

(btw, congrats to all who were actually or almost born in Germany =) I am a honeymoon baby, made in Austria or propably in Venice - definitely foreign )
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Old February 10 2013, 11:04 AM   #78
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This will probably help you http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/valentine-day

As you said breakfast in bed chocolates, flowers (roses), teddy bears ect.
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Old February 10 2013, 11:06 AM   #79
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An instruction manual.

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What did they get you?
Superdooper graphics card, 3 kilos of Whitman's salty butterscotch yes I know you can't buy it separately but if you buy enough boxes of Whitman's you should be able to accumulate 3 kilos of the stuff, TCG rocket mount, very large amount of yellow roses and a night with David Hewlett.
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Old February 10 2013, 03:07 PM   #80
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at tehrisk of sounding foolish: could someone please explein in detail all the Valentine customs in the US? I know them only from vague references on TV (The Peanuts, for example). Over here, you give your S.O. a few flowers ane maybe if you're very romantic a breakfast in bed, but that's it. In the US it seems to be a very complicated ritual involving chocolates, flowers and cards (preferably homemade ones?). It's puzzling for a foreigner.

(btw, congrats to all who were actually or almost born in Germany =) I am a honeymoon baby, made in Austria or propably in Venice - definitely foreign )
The UK is a bit like the US when it comes to Valentines day, Chocolate, flowers (esp. Red Roses), Champagne, like you said Breakfast in bed, or romantic get away in a hotel etc... And of course the anonymous card

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/valentine-day
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Old February 10 2013, 03:17 PM   #81
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An ex-girlfriend once won over me with nothing more than a bag of heart-shaped SweetTarts. I love those things and have ever since childhood.

I've never been much of a recipient or giver of those often blecch chocolate hearts (a lot of them use imitation chocolate with very dubious fillings) and the price of real chocolate has only gone up in the last few years (have you noticed how those old ten-packs of Reese's Cups, Kit Kats and other chocolate bars have been reduced to just six per pack while the price has stayed the same or even risen?) to the consternation of a few people I know.

Flowers and cards are one thing and they're great. Thirty bucks worth of sketchy chocolates that may or may not be industrial waste from China coated in imitation chocolate is another.
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Old February 10 2013, 04:12 PM   #82
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^ At least they're not crunchy frog.
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Old February 10 2013, 04:21 PM   #83
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I knew the Python reference was coming.
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Old February 10 2013, 06:08 PM   #84
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Also don't forget to send me any messages for Kestra by the deadline.
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Old February 10 2013, 06:52 PM   #85
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So I've been thinking if I send NO flowers my neglect of any one individual is not personal.

I neglected them.. I neglected them ALL. And not just the popular ones, but the dull ones and the flaptains too!!

Like, totally equal neglect. Which I feel bad about.

There is no way to win at this holiday.
You shouldn't feel like that, teacake. Nobody's perfect. You can't be expected to send things to everyone in the world...and conversely, if people don't get a shout-out from you, they shouldn't take it personally, because you can only do so much sending and talking and all that.

If you take the time to worry that you might be neglecting people, then by definition, you're not actually being neglectful. Because if you really were guilty of neglect, you wouldn't care. You clearly do care.
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Old February 10 2013, 09:57 PM   #86
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Oh no would take anything personally as I would only ever send things anon.

When I was in high school we had one of those send a flower deals, same color code as this one. Real flowers you had to buy, carnations. So I sent a white one anon to this boy who was a couple grades younger than me just because I thought he seemed like a very nice person and wow did it make his day. He was walking around with that flower all day exclaiming about who it could be and beaming (it was a very small school).
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Old February 10 2013, 10:17 PM   #87
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Thanks for the link, MacLeod
I was under the impression that you send cards and flowers only to the person you love? Do you send them to friends and people you just like, too?

This site might be interesting for some of you: it's the good old Victorian Flower Code: http://www.languageofflowers.com/flowermeaning.htm
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Old February 10 2013, 10:27 PM   #88
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I need to get my list done soon.
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Old February 10 2013, 10:37 PM   #89
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Re: 2nd Annual Valentine's Day Extravaganza!

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Thanks for the link, MacLeod
I was under the impression that you send cards and flowers only to the person you love? Do you send them to friends and people you just like, too?

This site might be interesting for some of you: it's the good old Victorian Flower Code: http://www.languageofflowers.com/flowermeaning.htm
You can send Valentines to anyone. It's usually reserved for romantic gestures but you can also send them to friends, relatives, etc. Although, usually only women send non-romantic ones to friends, mothers to children, etc. I think, in the US, if a male friend sent another male friend a Valentine card, as a friend, (and not in a joking manner), that friend would be weirded out.
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Old February 10 2013, 11:10 PM   #90
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It's very low key here. Children don't do cards, nothing in schools. Very few specialty chocolates for the day, flowers would be far bigger a thing. Lots of jewellery ads, that's about it. If you blinked you'd miss it.
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