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(Diva Asia)   Today's manufactured liberation: Adults who refuse to let societal norms stop them from celebrating Valentine's Day just because they're single. "I am celebrating my independence"   ( divider line
    More: Silly, Valentine's Day, independence  
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1959 clicks; posted to Main » on 13 Feb 2013 at 7:29 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-13 08:45:40 AM  
2 votes:
I am not a fan of Singles Awareness Day.

However, Feb 15th is discount chocolate day, which I am more than happy to celebrate.
2013-02-13 07:51:06 AM  
2 votes:

Jim_Callahan: Hate to break it to you, but if your media filter is still so weak that you even remembered it was valentine's day tomorrow before seeing the headline, and you're single, then you're not an "adult" in anything but the strict legal sense.

Adults don't really care that much about other people's affairs, rarely even noticing them unless invited and certainly don't horn in on other people's events just because they feel they're lacking sufficient attention for a day.  That's thirteen-year-old-girl stuff, there.

//Will probably have forgotten about it again by the time another hour has rolled by.
//Actually usually forget it when I'm not single, too, but I've never forgotten a scheduled date and tend to buy little trinkets and stuff for girlfriends randomly anyhow, just by virtue of being raised in the south, so I rarely get in much trouble for it.

You must live in isolation, because all the stores I go into have Valentine's day stuff out, and radio music/ads keep plugging it. It's like trying to avoid Christmas.
2013-02-13 07:15:36 AM  
2 votes:
Amy Chandran said celebrating Valentine's Day with friends as a single person was just as fun as commemorating the occasion as a couple.

Amy should probably learn about orgasms. She'd change her tune pretty quick.

/Unless, of course, they're planning a menage-a-trois thing in which case, never mind.
2013-02-13 07:49:27 PM  
1 vote:
Regarding the headline, I thought that as a single you could remind yourself that you're not unhappy in a loveless marriage and not merely "going through the motions" pretending everything is OK, looking forward to a divorice after the kids have left the nest.

/be thankful that you're not married with your spouse doing time in the slammer
2013-02-13 12:43:40 PM  
1 vote:

incendi: Shadowknight: God damn that's just creepy.  I mean, it's creepy enough that there is a market for cuddle pillows with cartoon girls printed on them already.  But add the fact that they are obviously little underage cartoon girls is just plain wrong.

I would've gone more with "But add the fact that he is cuddling with them on public transportation is just plain wrong" but I guess there's a lot of wrong to choose from there.

Here's the real scenario:

As he sat on the train, Jiro became aware that he was being watched. It was a little unnerving. In Tokyo, people tend to mind their own business, so this undue attention was not only unpleasant to Jiro, it was kind of rude. Still, being a proper Japanese delivery boy, he kept his mouth shut and-- subconsciously-- clutched the two body pillows he was delivering to the shop in Akihabara closer to himself.

Why did  he get picked to make this delivery, anyway? There was no way he could carry two "love pillows" around and  not have other people assume they were his, or that he was some lonely, sad otaku who couldn't get a girlfriend. He  had a girlfriend! Sure, he couldn't talk about her because it was a secret, but he knew from the moment he met Akiko backstage at the SDN48 concert that it was true love. Unfortunately, her involvement in the pop group meant dating was forbidden, so every time he saw her it required some sneaking around. If she were caught with a man, she would be shamed, dishonored, and probably kicked out of the group. He had no choice but to go along with the secret nature of their relationship for her protection. She loved him, but she also loved her career. He understood and went along with it in order to see her.

But oh! When they were together it was magical! Akiko was so beautiful, and he greatly enjoyed seeing her smile. It was the most beautiful sight on this Earth, to him. How utterly depressing that he couldn't see her again for another two months! SDN48 was touring and he could hardly follow them around-- Not just because it would be dangerous for Akiko, but because he simply couldn't afford to take time away from work to tour around Asia.

So here he sat on the train, feeling a bit sad that his true love was so far away, carrying these ridiculous pillows, with some  gaijin not far away, obviously snapping pictures with his cell phone. Jiro sighed. This was going to be a long train ride.

Sometimes, this job was not worth 200,000 yen per month.
2013-02-13 09:25:41 AM  
1 vote:
My artsy-fartsy daughter is making up a line of greeting cards as a part-time job/money-maker. I've convinced her to make a line for "awkward occasions" - (happy vasectomy/hysterectomy, congrats on you son/daughter coming out, muted reaction to your Asperger's diagnosis, etc.).
A "celebrate your singlehood" card would go great in this product line.
2013-02-13 08:42:54 AM  
1 vote:
Valentine's Day is women's roller derby with the sound turned down and the punching and decking, emotionally, turned up. It is a cubicle to cubicle drone war where the men are remote operators and the women buzz each other with their once-per-year plastering of abashed affection. Flowers go to the lowest-ranking pawns on the board; victors usually sport precious metals; some take ground with tales of expensive dinners and more. It is total war, female self-worth, and status seeking all wrapped up in a warm tortilla of "take that!"
2013-02-13 08:11:49 AM  
1 vote:

evilotto: They can have it. The lovely Mrs. Otto and myself have been off of valentines day for about five years now. Fark a bunch of crowded resteruants and the exchanging of shiatty trinkets. We do put on the dog for our anniversaries though.

I'm a paramedic, and my wife is a nurse.  We tend to never celebrate holidays, birthdays, or special events when we are supposed to.  Nature of our schedules don't allow.  If we celebrate any of these days within the same month, it's a win for us.
2013-02-13 08:07:28 AM  
1 vote:

Summoner101: Or you can just act like it was any other day like Non-Christians treat Christmas.

I'm non-Christian (atheist) but LOVE Christmas.  It's because a ubiquitous, fairly secular holiday in the States at this point.  It's just fun.  Get together with people, have a lot of food, give presents to those you love/like...  It's just an excuse to take a few days off and enjoy life and loved ones.

We could use a few more of those in our country.
2013-02-13 07:44:45 AM  
1 vote:

Bungles: It's the duty of single people to go to restaurants being loud and obnoxious, in order to ruin as many peoples' dates as possible.

Possibly have a little shiat under the table.

You could just stand up, and make a short but accurate speech....

"Excuse me, ladies, you do realize that every man here tonight hates this stupid Valentine's dog and pony show, and are only spending an outrageous amount of money to shut you up and get your legs spread. If the woman at the table next to you agreed right now to fark the man you are here with, he'd be out the door with her so fast you'd think his head was on fire and his ass was catching. Have a lovely evening."
2013-02-13 07:36:30 AM  
1 vote:

Shadowknight: God damn that's just creepy.  I mean, it's creepy enough that there is a market for cuddle pillows with cartoon girls printed on them already.  But add the fact that they are obviously little underage cartoon girls is just plain wrong.

I would've gone more with "But add the fact that he is cuddling with them on public transportation is just plain wrong" but I guess there's a lot of wrong to choose from there.
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